British politicians freak out, say The Dark Knight too violent for its movie rating


Oh dear, it seems certain Members of Parliament in the UK are completely outraged that The Dark Knight has only been rated 12A. Apparently the gentlemen think the movie is violent enough to warrant a 15 rating.

Says Iain Duncan Smith, the former Conservative Party leader (and who now works part-time at Carphone Warehouse):

Unlike past Batman films, where the villains were somewhat surreal and comical figures, Heath Ledger’s Joker is a brilliantly acted but very credible psychopathic killer, who extols the use of knives to kill and disfigure his victims during a reign of urban terrorism laced with torture

Wow, really? It’s a silly Batman movie. I remember watching Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street when I was like 5-years-old, and you don’t see me running around with a chainsaw or invading people’s dreams. I guess the British are a little more skittish when it comes to wanton violence than Americans (like me!)