Dutch set 16-plus rating for 'Dark Knight'

Warner Bros. Netherlands cites fear and violence

AMSTERDAM -- "The Dark Knight," which opens in Dutch cinemas Thursday, has received the highest possible rating available locally, with Warner Bros. Netherlands issuing an age recommendation for 16 years and older.

The decision was based on the advice of the industry body Kijkwijzer, which assesses all audio-visual products on offer in the Netherlands. The organization bases its judgments on the levels of violence, fear, discrimination, coarse language, alcohol and drug abuse and sex.

"Dark Knight" received two flags -- for fear and violence, which made Warner Bros. decide to issue its rating.

The Netherlands is now the country with the highest R rating for the new Batman film. In Norway, Ireland and South Korea, the age limit is 15 years. North America and England have 13- and 12-year-old ratings, respectively.