Rush Limbaugh: 'Dark Knight Rises' villain Bane is an anti-Romney political conspiracy?
"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," Limbaugh says on his show Tuesday (June 17). "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?"
Limbaugh is, of course, referring to the homonymous Bane -- the masked Batman villain -- and Bain Capital, the private equity firm co-founded by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The Obama campaign has recently been spotlighting Romney's work with Bain Capital in what they say is an attempt to increase transparency.
Obama pollster Joel Benenson says, "I don't think private equity companies say that their purpose is to create a stronger American economy. They say their purpose largely is to create wealth for their investors."
Limbaugh and other political pundits are now suggesting that the timing of the "Dark Knight" release with the presidential campaign is no coincidence.
"There's now discussion out there as to whether or not this was purposeful, and whether or not it will influence voters. ... They're going to hear 'Bane' in the movie, and they are going to associate Bain. And the thought is that when they start paying attention to the campaign later in the year, and Obama and the Democrats keep talking about Bain, not Bain Capital, but Bain, Romney and Bain, that these people will think back to the Batman movie -- 'Oh yeah, I know who that is.'"
For his part, here's what director Christopher Nolan tells Entertainment Weekly about the political interpretation of the movie: "I don't feel there's a left or right perspective in the film. What is there is just an honest assessment or honest exploration of the world we live in -- things that worry us, as I like to say it."
"The Dark Knight Rises" hits theaters July 20.