The Batman Bane-Bain Capital Conspiracy. Really.
If you ask Rush Limbaugh about The Dark Knight Rises, he’ll tell you that having Batman fight Bane is an Obama administration plan to brainwash voters in to hating Mitt Romney. Why does he think this? There are two reasons. The first is that the political right-wing in America has been getting more and more paranoid over the year. The second, more direct reason is Bane sounds like Bain Capital and is the movie’s antagonist. Yeah. It’s a stupid as you thought, but in Rush’s defense, we should all be used to his willful ignorance by now.
Limbaugh has tried to back out of his comments since they aired, but as a long time fan of both Batman and sanity, I feel I should completely debunk this on my site. Here are five obvious reasons why Bane has nothing to do with Bain Capital:
- The character Bane was created in 1993 and has been featured in Batman comics ever since
- Bane was featured in 1997′s Batman and Robin and made numerous appearances in Warner Bros. animated series and features.
- The character’s creators are lifelong conservatives
- Christopher Nolan was utterly baffled by the accusation.
- A rough draft of the The Dark Knight Rises was written by Nolan before he started work on Inception. The movie started shooting back in 2010. Granted, Mitt Romney seems to have never stopped running for president ever since he first ran in 2008, but Bain Capital didn’t become newsworthy until the current election cycle. There was also no guarantee that Romney would win the nomination.
Conclusion: If you’re still listening to Rush Limbaugh, there is something wrong with you. Seek help.