The Dark Knight Rises has people going crazy. And not just those who bought their tickets a month ago and are planning on attending the midnight screening dressed as the Caped Crusader. The Associated Press today reported that movie site Rotten Tomatoes shut down the user comments on reviews for the final movie in Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise after some commenters began threatening the critics. 

According to Rotten Tomatoes' editor-in-chief, Matt Atchity, this is the first time the site has had to suspend comments. "The job of policing the comments became more than my staff could handle for that film, so we stopped the comments altogether," Atchity told the AP. "It just got to be too much hate based on reactions to reviews of movies that people hadn't even seen."

Atchity said the comments would be restored, but fears what will happen when another movie with a rabid following is released. If this happens again, say when The Hobbit released, Atchity says the site may "do away with comments completely or get to a place where comments are only activated after a movie opens."

[via The Verge]

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