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Limbaugh says 'The Dark Knight Rises' villain is attack on Romney

Jordan Zakarin
The Hollywood Reporter

Rush Limbaugh sees left-wing conspiracy everywhere -- even Gotham City.

Speaking on his syndicated radio show Tuesday, the right-wing host brought up the Batman sequel "The Dark Knight Rises" (or, as he called it, "The Dark Knight Lights Up"), in particular focusing on its main villain, the Tom Hardy-portrayed hulking madman, Bane. With Mitt Romney's time at the investment fund Bain Capital (and the questionable time at which he retired from it) filling non-entertainment news headlines, Limbaugh tied the two together, casting some tough accusations at director Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros.

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"Do you think 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 asked his listeners.

Limbaugh did note that the film, the sequel to the 2008 blockbuster "The Dark Knight," has been in the works for a long time, with a summer 2012 release date long part of the plan.

"So this evil villain in the new Batman movie is named Bane. And there's discussion out there as to whether or not this was purposeful and whether or not it will influence voters. It's going to have a lot of people," he continued. "The audience is going to be huge. 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.

"And the thought is that when they're going to start paying attention to the campaign later in the year," Limbaugh asserted, "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!'"

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He then read from a Washington Times blog post that made the connection between Romney and Batman, as well.

Presumably, Limbaugh doesn't know the history of Batman and his enemies; Bane was not invented for this film -- he first appeared in 1993 in a storyline called "Knightfall." That was a year before Romney made his first bid for elected office, his unsuccessful 1994 run against Ted Kennedy for the U.S. Senate.

There is some populist element in the film, as there is a take on wealth inequality in the story. Presumably, though, there is no politician in the film who founded an investment fund and later came under fire for contradicting his SEC forms.

Jul 18, 2012 8:42PM

osama is gone he has already destroyed alot of our country!

Jul 18, 2012 8:41PM

I LOVE reading the IDIOTS on here attack Limbaugh for this.


Guess what, the story is NOT true.  Don't be so STUPID you believe an article w/o validating it's truth.  The IDIOT writing the article failed to factually validate his source.  Those of you that are chiming in about how this makes Limbaugh look bad are venturing towards IDIOCY with each keystroke you peck at.  Research you fools..


Also, for those that have chosen to lobby your hate words at him....I guess it must really stink to have envy for someone that doesn't know or care about you at all, huh?


Great platform, attack someone that has a different opinion than yours...I just love watching stupid people prove that they are stupid though and thanks so much.


OH, colinator, your words PROVE indeed that it's not limited to Libs, as you said it too...Honestly though, I seriously doubt you are "conservative" by your words though.

And, CONGRATS, on making yourself look like a shmuch COLINATOR...educate yourself next time.

Jul 18, 2012 8:41PM
How does a contemptuous big cheese like Rush Limbugher smell up the media so irreverently?? We all know hes a closet Democrat who gathers votes for Obama by offensive ,vile and overtly false accusations which so incense folks that they vote for Barack in a display of retribution  Lets keep them coming ,but don;t 'rush' to judgment until his foot is so deeply wedged between his eye teeth that he can't see the truth-which is all the time
Jul 18, 2012 8:38PM
Yes, the villain Bane was introduced into Batman Comics and Detective Comics in the Knightfall storyline nine years, two presidential elections again.  But please, remember, you are talking about Rush Limbaugh, good ole "Don't confuse me with facts or logic, my mind is made up" Limbaugh.  Actually reading comic books is probably too intellectually advanced for Limbaugh to handle.  

I cannot get over the irony when Limbaugh says " "The audience is going to be huge. A lot of people are going to see the movie. And it's a lot of brain-dead people  . . . ".  The only question I have is: "What about the brain-dead people who listen to your venom and accept it as "the only truth"?  Those are the people I worry about.
The real question is WHO REALLY CARE what Rush the Limp dic- illegal smuggler of Viagra Drug Addict has to say?
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