Rotten Tomatoes Shuts Dark Knight Rises Comments
Threats to rape and kill prompt movie reviews site to silence users...
Review aggregation website Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises after threatening messages were left by users.
Threats to kill and rape were among the unpleasantness posted, prompting the popular movie reviews site to pull the plug on the comments.
The site's editor in chief Matt Atchity told the Los Angeles Times: "Death threats, rape threats are not OK, and that's what was happening. At one point, we had seven people dedicated to comments."
He denied that there had been any pressure from Warner Bros, and insisted that the decision was taken entirely in-house.
"Whatever small role we play in the culture, I don't want to be known as a site for hate speech," he explained.
And he clarified that his site had no problem with negative comments about the movie - but had taken the decision when personal attacks were aimed at critics.
Meanwhile the creator of Bane - Batman's foe in the new movie - has refuted US politician Rush Limbaugh's assertion that Bane is based on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Chuck Dixon told Gawker that he and partner Graham Nolan are "both staunch conservatives, so from [their] angle there is no liberal agenda".
And he later added to ComicBook.com: "I refuted this within hours of the article in the Washington Examiner suggesting that Bane would be tied to Bain Capital and Mitt Romney appearing.
"Bane was created by me and Graham Nolan and we are lifelong conservatives and as far from left-wing mouthpieces as you are likely to find in comics."
Elaborating further on the character, played by Tom Hardy in the film, he said Bane is "more of an Occupy Wall Street type if you're looking to cast him politically".
And he added: "If there ever was a Bruce Wayne running for the White House it would have to be Romney."
We told you yesterday how movie director Christopher Nolan had explained his choice of Bane.
See our round-up of the early reviews.