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Rush Limbaugh: 'Dark Knight Rises' Bane Is Attack On Mitt Romney

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh believes that Bane, the powerful villain up against Batman in 'Dark Knight Rises', is a disguised attack on Mitt Romney.

"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 on his syndicated radio show.

"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."

Bain Capital, of course, being the asset management and financial services company co-founded by Mitt Romney.

"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!'"

Bane first appeared in the Batman comics in 1993, a year before Romney made his bid for elected office.

"I don't feel there's a left or right perspective in the film," says director Christopher Nolan. "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."

But one topic that is undeniable in the film is wealth inequality, reminiscent of the Occupy Wall Street protests with the 99% against the 1%.

"The notion of economic fairness creeps into the film, and the reason is twofold: One, Bruce Wayne is a billionaire. It has to be addressed. We've never done that before," Nolan explains.

"But two, there are a lot of things in life, and economics is one of them, where we have to take a lot of what we're told on trust, because most of us feel like we don't have the analytical tools to know what's going on."

"So in making a movie about dishonesty, really, it's one of the things we think about."

July 18, 2012 |

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