With Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises set to be released in just two days, the world is abuzz with speculation about the film. Will Batman die? What role will Joseph Gordon Levitt’s character, John Blake, play in the film?
For political pundit/right wing stereotype/professional ridiculous statement-maker Rush Limbaugh, the speculation isn’t so much about the events of the film as it is the intentions behind it.
Namely, the role of Tom Hardy’s character, Bane, which Limbaugh believes sounds suspiciously like ‘Bain’ – as in Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital Investment Fund.
“A lot of people are going to see the movie. And it’s a lot of brain-dead people – entertainment, the pop culture crowd – and they’re going to hear Bane in the movie and they’re going to associate Bain,” said Limbaugh on his radio show yesterday.
“And the thought is that when they’re going to start paying attention to the campaign later in the year and Obama and the Democrats keep talking about Bain, not Bain Capital but Romney and Bain, that these people will start thinking back to the Batman movies: ‘Oh yeah, I know who that is!”
There’s one problem with that otherwise airtight, totally solid, entirely not crazy theory: Bane first appeared in the comic Knightfall, which was released in 1993. Also, the script for The Dark Knight Rises was written years ago. So, clearly the film wasn’t designed to lead audiences to make that connection – although, Rush, now that you mention it…