The fact that Bane, the villain of The Dark Knight Rises, has a name which bears a certain linguistic similarity to Bain, the name of Mitt Romney’s private equity firm, has not gone unnoticed by political commentators. For the most part, the similarity has been seen as a weird coincidence/fun excuse to open up Photoshop and copy and paste Bane’s mask onto Romney’s face. Here’s what BuzzFeed came up with:
But for Rush Limbaugh, the Bane/Bain similarity has all the markings of a sinister left-wing conspiracy. Here’s what Limbaugh had to say on his radio show:
“Have you heard this new movie, the Batman movie, what is it, The Dark Knight Lights Up or whatever the name 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 Bain?”
It’s important to note that the Bane character first appeared in Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1, which was published in January of 1993, and that Bane made his big screen debut in Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin, which was released in 1997. Also, The Dark Knight Rises went into production in 2011, back when Donald Trump, Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum were all considered the front-runners for the Republican ticket.
This isn’t the first time that Limbaugh’s attempts at film criticism have elicited a “…huh?” response. Back in 2004, many were baffled by Limbaugh’s insistence that Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-winning Million Dollar Baby amounted to little more than pro-euthanasia propaganda.