Friday, July 20, 2012

Bruce Wayne 2012?

The other day conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh made this laughable comment 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 Bane?


Do I think it's a coincidence? Yes, in fact I do! Actually, I'm pretty sure that anyone with two functioning brain cells or an ounce of common sense and intellectual honesty would come to the same conclusion that the similarity between the names is no more than a coincidence. But I'll get back to that in a second.

First I'd like to touch on how Limbaugh pretends to not know the name of the movie. Seriously? "The Dark Knight Lights Up"? "The Dark Knight Rises" has been one of the most anticipated movies of the summer, so I can only assume that he's pretending to not know the title for whatever reason. But, if he really didn't know what the name of the movie was, it just goes to show how out of touch Rush is. Lets assume he was pretending to not know though... What is there to gain in doing that. In my estimation, doing so leaves you looking only two ways. 1) Out of touch with the lives of everyday Americans, or 2) a sad man that is doing nothing more than crying out for attention. Newsflash Rush, pretending not to know the name of one of the biggest movies of the year does not make you look hip and cool.

Okay, now back to the Bane v Bain matter. One thing that Limbaugh did get correct was that we've known that Summer 2012 would be the release date for "The Dark Knight  Rises". But there's a couple things we didn't know. First, when the release date was set, we didn't know that Mitt Romney would be the presidential nominee for the Republican party. Second, Bain Capital hasn't come to the forefront of the conversation until recent weeks. But there's so much more to it than that. By December 2008, Christoper Nolan had already drafted a rough outline of the plot. By February 2010 the screenplay was started and filming began in May 2011. By November 2011, the filming had concluded. Contrast that against Romney who didn't formally announce his candidacy until June 2011. Then further consider that for much or the early months, Mitt was overshadowed by Cain, Gingrich and Perry in the polling. In fact, well in to 2012, Romney was still in a close fight with Sontorum for the nod of the Republican party. Finally, in May of 2012, Mitt clinched the nomination... almost a full year after the movie began filming, and a half-year after filming had finished! But lets not forget that the gap of time to when the story was actually written was even greater than that. If they were trying to make this film an anti-Romney propaganda piece, not only were they taking a huge risk, but had amazing foresight as well. But any reasonable person can see that Rush is making much ado about nothing. All that information is available with less than five minutes of research if one wishes to remain intellectual honest. But I hardly think Rush is concerned with being intellectual or honest.

A further curiosity is the impression that Limbaugh seems to think that they just made up the Bane character for this 'grand scheme'. I'm far from a Batman fan, but even I know that Bane is not a new character. Heck, he was a villain featured in Batman: The Animated Series, which I watch in my childhood. The Bane character was also used in the 1997 film, "Batman & Robin". I wasn't even reader of the Batman comics, but even I knew that Bane was famous for breaking Batman's back in the Batman comic series.  But Bane goes back even further, as he was created by DC Comics way back in 1993. True, Romney and company started Bain Capital in 1984, but Mitt didn't enter political service until he won the Massachusetts Governor race in  2002... well after the 1993 creation of the Bane comic character. If DC comics saw Mitt running Bain, that he would do so with questionable practices, his running for governor, his winning, his running for president in 2012, that the character would be used in a movie that same year, and that Romney's history at Bain could harm his chances of winning all the way back from 1993, than that's shockingly amazing! That, or the folks at DC are the least ambitious and inept time travelers ever.

 So what is it? Super secret time travelers that like taking huge chances, or a simple coincidence? It's pretty clear to me, but I'll let you make the call.

-BH

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