by Aaron Einhorn
Oh, for the love of Pete…
Rush Limbaugh says that moviegoers — especially “a lot of brain-dead people, entertainment, the pop culture crowd” – are “gonna hear Bane in the movie and they’re gonna associate Bain. The thought is that when they start paying attention to the campaign later in the year, and Obama and the Democrats keep talking about Bain, Romney and Bain, that these people will think back to the Batman movie… There are some people who think it’ll work. Others think you’re really underestimating the American people to think that will work.” Limbaugh adds: “You may think it’s ridiculous, I’m just telling you this is the kind of stuff the Obama team is lining up. The kind of people who would draw this comparison are the kind of people that they are campaigning to. These are the kind of people that they are attempting to appeal to.”
Ok. Just a few facts:
- The character of Bane was created in 1993, and first appeared that January in Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1 that January.
- Bane made his first appearance on TV in 1994, in the Batman: The Animated Series episode “Bane”, and has appeared in various animated incarnations ever since, through various Batman cartoons, direct-to-video movies and video games.
- Bane first appeared on screen in the “we don’t talk about this one” film Batman and Robin in 1997.
- When Bane was first created in 1994, Mitt Romney had not yet entered politics – his first Senate run was in 1994.
- Christopher Nolan had the script ready for The Dark Knight Rises in 2010.
- Filming on The Dark Knight Rises began on May 6, 2011.
- Mitt Romney officially announced that he was running for the Republican nomination for President in April 2011. He more or less locked the nomination up in April of 2012.
- The Dark Knight Rises wrapped up filming in November 2011.
So, unless the liberal media somehow has the money to invest in a major film (The Dark Knight Rises is budgeted at $250 million) to try to hurt the Republican candidate on the chance that the candidate would be Mitt Romney (which was far from certain at the time the film was being made), or has a time machine…
Yeah. Look, I’m not going to attempt to hide my politics. Stick around this site for any length of time and you’ll realize what my political bent is. But this isn’t about politics. Vote for whoever you like. This also isn’t about whether or not to go see The Dark Knight Rises. Go see it, or don’t, based on whether or not you think Nolan makes good Batman films. But the idea that Nolan’s film is some sort of liberal plot against Mitt Romney is nothing more than Limbaugh grasping for straws.