Yesterday on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show, the political host offered a conspiracy theory that would have made the Joker proud.
This week The Dark Knight Rises hits movie theaters. This is the widely anticipated final film in director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The villain in this movie is a character named Bane. Limbaugh suggested that the placement of Bane in the film, as well as the movie’s upcoming release and the current controversy surrounding Mitt Romney’s involvement with the company Bain Capital, is actually a liberal conspiracy by filmmakers to make voters subconsciously think of Romney as a bad guy and thus, by extension, vote for Barack Obama for president this November. Here’s the quote:
Have you heard, this new movie, the Batman movie-what is it, the Dark Knight Lights Up or something? Whatever the name of it is. That’s right, Dark Knight Rises, Lights Up, same thing. 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. 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?
Since Limbaugh is estimated to have around 15 million listeners, news of his statement got out fairly quickly, and comic book fans immediately jumped on the statement. They pointed out that Bane was created by comic book writers in 1993, nearly 20 years ago when Bill Clinton was president. He also appeared onscreen in 1997’s Batman and Robin, and had been planned as the villain for The Dark Knight Rises since 2008, which was all done long before Mitt Romney was even in the running for president.
Needless to say, tweeters in the Twitter-verse– which should not to be confused with the DC comics Multiverse where different Batmen exist in different variations on different parallel worlds (Nerd alert!)–jumped at the chance to comment on the situation. And since some were pretty funny, we decided to publish a couple of our favorites here.
.@rushlimbaugh You should read up on Bane. He's an oversized drug-addict with anger issues who's been popular since the 90s. You'd love him.
— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) July 17, 2012
Guys, Rush Limbaugh's like Voldemort; he thrives off of people saying his name. And unicorn blood.
— Max Scoville (@MaxScoville) July 18, 2012