Is Batman’s Bane Romney’s bane?

Tom Hardy as Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises.” © Warner Bros. photo by Ron Phillips.

For a while now, many of us who follow politics and entertainment have chuckled at the fact that the name of the villain in the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Risesis Bane, a homophone with Bain, as in Bain Capitol, the private equity firm that has become the bane of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney‘s campaign.

Ha! What a coincidence that this movie showed up just few months before the 2012 election, when Bain Capitol has become such a hot topic in the campaign.

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney pauses during a campaign event at Horizontal Wireline Services on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 in Irwin, Pa. © AP Photo by Evan Vucci.

But apparently some people don’t think its such a coincidence. Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday he smells a conspiracy from those lefty liberals in Hollywood.

“The release date’s been known, summer 2012 for a long time,” Limbaugh said. “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?”

OK, well, right there we know Limbaugh did little homework beyond word association before launching this conspiracy theory, and that he has little knowledge of what a slow-moving machine Hollywood is. Bane is neither four-eyed nor fire-breathing. But Limbaugh does know enough to understand some of Bane’s beliefs probably line up more with liberal philosophies, and Bruce Wayne, the man behind Batman’s mask, has expressed some fairly conservative ideas.

But still, by his comments, Limbaugh seems to think this is a conspiracy directed by President Barack Obama‘s campaign to sabotage Romney through word association by, ” … a lot of brain-dead people, entertainment, the pop culture crowd … “.

“I’m just telling you this is the kind of stuff the Obama team is lining up,” Limbaugh says. “The kind of people who would draw this comparison are the kind of people that they are campaigning to.”

Democrats are certainly enjoying it. It’s been hard to miss the picture out there with Bane’s grotesque mask superimposed on Romney’s  face. But believing this conspiracy theory requires you to ignore a number of facts like the Bane character was created in 1993 and given the name which means, “killer, slayer, death, destruction, woe,” according to Websters. His first Batman movie appearance was in 1997’s Batman and Robin, the godawful one starring George Clooney – just imagine how Limbaugh would be spinning this theory if Clooney was playing Batman this time.

Limbaugh’s theory also supposes movies like The Dark Knight Rises are made a few months before release. It has been in the works for years, and Bane was announced as the villain back when Romney was one of more than a half-dozen GOP hopefuls.

To believe this is more than a coincidence, you’ve really got to suspend some disbelief.

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