Nightly News | July 19, 2012
>>> finally tonight it is easily the most anticipated movie of the summer, for the most part getting stellar reviews and heading for a huge opening weekend. in fact as demand for "the dark night " rises it's so out of control scalpers are charging hundreds for tickets and some critics who didn't like it are finding themselves running for cover. we get the story tonight from nbc's kristen dahlgren.
>> reporter: as the latest bat man film opens it's not just "the dark night rising." the hype is reaching fever pitch .
>> i've had my ticket for seven months.
>> reporter: many of the first shows are sold out spurring something we haven't seen for a movie premiere before -- scalpers. on ebay tickets are being auctioned for up to $300 bucks apiece. in london this week the red carpet was star studded. even prince harry was there. but the runup to tonight's " dark night " premiere also had some darker moments.
>> there's a storm coming, mr. wayne.
>> reporter: when some critics criticized the film, fans sent them death threats forcing movie review site rotten tomatoes to shut down its comment section.
>> one fellow said he wanted to beat me into a coma with a rubber hose. someone else said he wanted to set me on fire.
>> what are you?
>> reporter: it's even taken a political turn. while the villain named bain has appeared in bat man comics since 1993 , this week conservative radio host rush limbaugh wondered if the character was a swipe at republican candidate mitt romney who once ran bain capital .
>> there's now a discussion out there as to whether or not this was purposeful and whether or not it'll influence --
>> it just shows you what a cultural phenomenon this movie is. it's entering the conversation in so many different realms.
>> reporter: a summer blockbuster stirring some pretty heated debate and stirring up fans who just can't wait for their favorite hero. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, hollywood.