In a special edition of her bi-weekly column "Dr. Geek", CarrieLynn Reinhard looks at the fanatic response to some less than gushing reviews for Batman: Dark Knight Rises and explores why fans are so attached to the series.
From the article, "On Monday, July 16, the first official reviews of The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan’s end to his Batman trilogy began to hit the Web. For a movie that follows up on the critically and financially successful The Dark Knight, it is expected to be another darling on both counts — perhaps even passing The Avengers, which had managed to top The Dark Knight in all time box office success. The fans of The Dark Knight are passionate about their love of the film, and particularly their love of Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker, almost making the man a martyr in their fandom. His lines of “Why so serious?” and “And here we go!” have become something of anthems for this fan community, which is comprised largely of teenagers and young adults, those perhaps most disenfranchised with the current state of the country and the world and have thus taken up with the Joker as something of a role model."