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'Dark Knight Rises' director Christopher Nolan defends fanbase

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Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan has leapt to the defence of his fanbase following the controversial backlash against critics who turned in negative reviews of the film.

Earlier this week, comments were disabled for Dark Knight Rises articles on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes after journalists who criticised the film were hit by torrents of abuse.

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The helmer explained that he understands how "passionate" people are about Batman due to the character's rich history and legacy that spans more than 70 years, reports The AP.

"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," he said.

Nolan also weighed in on Rush Limbaugh's claims that the decision to select Bane as the movie's villain is an attack on presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

"I'm not sure how to address something that bizarre, to be honest. I really don't have an answer for it, it's a very peculiar comment to make," he commented.

The Dark Knight Rises will open in cinemas on Friday, July 20.

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