Just a day after opining that President Barack Obama “hates” America, Rush Limbaugh found a new target in the eagerly anticipated Dark Knight Rises, a film which he suggested during his program on Tuesday was part of a liberal media conspiracy:
“Have you heard this new movie, the Batman movie, what is it, The Dark Knight Lights Up or whatever the name is. That’s right, Dark Knight Rises. Lights Up, same thing. Do you know the name of the villain in this movie? Bane. The villain in The Dark Knight Rises is named Bane, B-a-n-e. What is the name of the venture capital firm that Romney ran and around which there’s now this make-believe controversy? Bain. The movie has been in the works for a long time. The release date’s been known, summer 2012 for a long time. Do you think that it is accidental that the name of the really vicious fire breathing four eyed whatever it is villain in this movie is named Bane?”
Well aside from the fact that the Batman character Bane has been a part of the DC comics franchise long before Mitt Romney was in the public eye, it seems odd that Limbaugh would direct his vitriol towards a movie franchise whose wealthy vigilante hero arguably contradicts a number of progressive ideals – even once using a form of warrant-less wiretapping to nab a villain.
Limbaugh does acknowledge that the Bane character sounds more “like an Occupy Wall Street guy” than the financial engineers one might find at Bain Capital. He also points to a Washington Times Communities post that compares Batman to Mitt Romney.
Nonetheless, Limbaugh spends several minutes pivoting between a heated critique of Barack Obama and an equally heated dissection of what he sees as the new Batman film’s ulterior political motives.
“You may think it’s ridiculous,” Limbaugh added in summation. “I’m just telling you this is the kind of stuff the Obama team is lining up.”
Bane, who first appeared in comic-book form in 1993, was also featured in one previous Batman film, Batman & Robin. His inclusion in the The Dark Knight Rises was announced early in 2011, at which point Mitt Romney was just one of many Republicans vying for his party’s nomination.
Dude, it’s called a coincidence.