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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.

The real question is WHO REALLY CARE what Rush the Limp dic- illegal smuggler of Viagra Drug Addict has to say?
Jul 18, 2012 8:37PM
Villain from the 70's? Try the 90's in the story Knightfall!
Jul 18, 2012 8:37PM
Limbaugh said on Tuesday the media would misread his statement. He said it again today. When is the media going to quit misrepresenting what people say? I'll include Limbaugh in that.  A society and a media that cannot be honest or objective is indeed but a step away from Marxist-Fascist Propaganda. Just rememeber, believe it or not, truth will always trump and overthrow all the lies of mankind. Just look at the Third Reich and the Soviet Union. Sadly the USA has become as bad the the former two.
Jul 18, 2012 8:36PM

Completely taken out context.  Rush was telling the audience what the Main Stream Media was going to do and gave an audio example of an Obama operative doing it.


"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.  A rhetorical question making fun of the liberal media.


This was a 15 minute monologue and the propagandist reporter took a couple of snipets from it.  Typical marxist/communist reporting. 

Jul 18, 2012 8:35PM

Rush is right DC comic writers created Bane 20 years ago being able to see into the future that Romney would run for president. This is blatant attack over 20 years in the making. All of the DC universe should hang its head in shame for trying to knockout a great patriot.

Now for some reality i have 6 original copies of bains arrival into the DC universe.

Does anyone here think the value will go up with this bull Rush put out there?

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