Despite some pretty ugly behaviour amongst fans of 'The Dark Knight Rises', director Christopher Nolan has defended fans of the film, saying that there's a "reason" behind their passion.
In recent days review site RottenTomatoes.com has banned comments on its reviews of the film after death and rape threats were apparently posted.
Nolan did stop short of a full throated defence of fans, merely saying that he understands the response due to the popularity of the character.
According to the AP the director said: "I think the fans are very passionate about these characters the way a lot of people are very passionate. Batman's been around for over 70 years and there's a reason for that. He has a huge appeal, so I think you know people certainly respond to the character."
Perhaps the director just didn't want to annoy those he hopes could make 'The Dark Knight Rises' one of the most successful films in history, after all, they could turn ugly.
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