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As you may or may not know, there’s a new Batman film in theatres. It’s a little thing called The Dark Knight Rises, directed by one Christopher Nolan. Well, I saw the film, and I thought it would be nice to talk about it, and so here it comes, the next episode of The justAtadcast.

On the show this week I’ve got two friends from Los Angeles, Jason Eaken and Brett Merryman. I actually know them first as fellow fans of the great Filmspotting podcast, and they were gracious enough to come on and wax rhapsodic about The Dark Knight Rises with me. The episode is a little long, about 100 minutes. Don’t expect most episodes to be this long, but we felt the movie warranted the lengthy discussion. Normally I’d also include an index, but this week we decided to go fairly free-form, starting with our impressions of Nolan and his take on Batman, and then getting into the meat of The Dark Knight Rises. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the podcast.

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I think the biggest story in the online film world this week, outside of the forthcoming release of The Dark Knight Rises, was probably the vitriolic response that a number of critics got from Rotten Tomatoes users to their less than 100% positive reviews of that film. There’s been plenty of writing on the subject of Batman fans’ reactions to those reviews, and the whole story is wrapped up nicely by Matt Singer over at Criticwire. Some have said that these responses, which have included horrible misogynistic comments and death threats, are the result of some sort of insanity specific to Batman and Nolan fans. I don’t take this view, maybe because I consider myself a huge fan of Nolan’s work and his Batman films, and I also consider myself a fairly reasonable person.

I don’t think it’s fair to single out Batman fans. We saw the same sort of thing happen to several critics who dared to point out the flaws of The Avengers before that film came out. You know what? I kind of sympathize with those terrible fans. I kind of get where they’re coming from. I love Nolan’s work and I love his take on Batman. I look at The Dark Knight Rises, which I haven’t yet seen, and I do very much want to enjoy it. I want it to be great. When I see a negative reaction to the film from a critic, I don’t want to believe them. I don’t want them to be right. I consider their opinion, and even if it’s just for a moment I forget that it’s an opinion and my mind assumes they must be wrong. It’s a silly thing, but I get the impulse. It’s not that I know they’re wrong, or that they can even be wrong, but that I just don’t want to believe I might end up agreeing with them.

Given, then, that I somewhat sympathize with these so-called fans, why then am I not so vitriolic? Well, I think the answer lies partly outside the fans themselves, and at the online, fan-centred, movie news industry and blogs. It’s us. We created the monsters. Click to read more.