Is Batman's Bane the Bain of Romney's existence? No, and here's why
Tim Walker is The Independent’s Los Angeles correspondent, covering entertainment and other concerns from the West Coast of the US. He was previously a features writer and the editor of the paper’s diary column. His first novel, Completion, is being published in January 2014.
Friday 20 July 2012
Rush Limbaugh, America's most influential right-wing radio host, waded into the critical controversy surrounding The Dark Knight Rises this week, when he suggested to his listeners that the film's villain, Bane, might be a derisory reference to Mitt Romney, Republican presidential contender, and founder of the homophonic Bain Capital. "The movie has been in the works for a long time," Limbaugh spluttered, "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?"
The answer, of course, is yes: it is completely accidental. The character of Bane was first created in 1993, at which time Romney was working for Bain in virtual obscurity, while his rival Obama was an associate at a law firm specialising in civil rights. Chuck Dixon, the comics artist who co-created Batman's musclebound, hyper-intelligent nemesis, says that he and his creative partner Graham Nolan are lifelong "staunch conservatives". Moreover, the film's narrative [SPOILER ALERT] fails to bear out Limbaugh's theory: Bane is the revolutionary leader of a gang which targets and terrorises Gotham's richest citizens, and destroys the city's Stock Exchange, thus potentially impoverishing archetypal one-percenter Bruce Wayne.
Indeed, as Limbaugh clarified on air the following day, Wayne and his caped crusader alter-ego are – like many superheroes – radical conservative icons. Wealthy, elitist, interested in philanthropy but passionate about law and order. "The rich, wealthy hero in the Batman movie is more like Romney," he explained, and "the Bane guy seems more like an Occupy Wall Street guy."
Know your enemy: Bane vs Bain
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