On Tuesday Rush Limbaugh caused some controversy on his show in referencing the Dark Knight Rises villain Bane to Mitt Romney’s former financial firm Bain. This morning on his show he divulges it was not his intent to manifest some sort of conspiracy theory linking the two.
“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?”
Limbaugh goes on to taunting moviegoers, “This movie, the audience is going to be huge, 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 are going to associate Bain.”
On the leftist side of the spectrum Christopher Lehane, former Democratic advisor to Clinton, said, “It has been observed that movies can reflect the national mood. Whether it is spelled Bain and being put out by the Obama campaign or Bane and being out by Hollywood, the narratives are similar: a highly intelligent villain with offshore interests and a past both are seeking to cover up who had a powerful father and is set on pillaging society.”
Today when Limbaugh opened up on his radio show with clarification that he was not trying to insinuate any sort of conspiracy, “I never said that…I didn’t say there was a conspiracy theory.”
“I said the Democrats were going to use it…Which they are! Jon Stewart is harping on it,” Limbaugh adds.
Director, Christopher Nolan told EW what he had to say about the “political” innuendoes to the Batman trilogy, “I don’t feel there’s a left of right perspective in the film. 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.”
Bane was first introduced into the Batman comic book series back in 1993—before Romney’s unsuccessful run for U.S. Senate.