Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Rush, It's BANE not BAIN!

 Ok, I'm gonna take a big chance on ticking off a lot of folks but I can't let this go. As a HUGE Batman fan and collector of Batman comics since the 1960's, I feel that I am somewhat of an authority on the character and the characters surrounding Batman.

Rush Limbaugh is saying he believes the new Batman film intentionally named the bad guy Bane as a way of hurting Mitt Romney.

"Do you think
it's accidental that the name of the really vicious fire-breathing, four-eyed whatever-it-is villain in this movie is named Bane?

"The audience is going to be huge . . . and it's a lot of brain dead people, entertainment, the pop culture crowd, and they're going to hear Bane in the movie and they're going to associate [Romney's] Bain.

"And the thought is that when they're going to start paying attention to the campaign later in the year and Obama and the Democrats keep talking about Bain . . . that these people will start thinking back to the Batman movie."

Now I need to point out that this film has been in production for almost three years, or the fact the character Bane first appeared in DC comics as a Batman villain decades ago, or that Bane’s most famous story arc (upon which the new film is based, in part) “Knight Fall” was published in 1993. (Spoiler alert: As you can see from pics above, Bane broke Batman's back in that story arc and the Bat cowl was picked up by former Robin, Dick Grayson as Nightwing, see I told you I was a Batman nerd)


Now I am a HUGE fan of Rush Limbaugh, but, he really should admit he doesn't know what he's talking about and move on, instead he's pounding liberals for basically saying what I just wrote. It's kind of embarrassing.
Again, I am sorry if you are of the "Rush can do NO wrong" camp but this one is sort of silly. BANE has nothing to do with BAIN. Yes I know what he's saying basically is that soft brained folks will go for the "BAIN" sound of the character but in all reality, the Bane character in the movie is a part of a more nefarious plot and that is that he leads an "Occupy Wall Street" type movement. Not exactly a "capitalist" character.  When I first saw some of the screenplay and then later the trailers, I was very upset with what I saw as director Christopher Nolan's embracing the "Occupy" movement.  You will see that in the Bane character as well as his "rewrite" of the Catwoman character (Catwoman, in the comics, was always on the edge of "good" and "bad" and a love interest of Bruce Wayne/Batman for years, in this movie it is not evidently portrayed that way).

Well anyway, I say go see the movie and have a blast, it's going to be a HUGE hit and wrap up a great three part series, in fact even better, join me at Independence Cinema this Friday night from 4-6 broadcasting live and going to the 7pm showing!


Ralph said...

No disrespect, Bill, and this might be splitting hairs here (fellow Batman nerd, too):

When Bane broke the bat, Wayne asked Azrael (Jean-Paul Valley) to become Batman. (Wikipedia - 3rd paragraph)

It wasn't until Bruce Wayne was rehabilitated and resumed the role of Batman (Wikipedia - 4th paragraph) that he realized Azrael had done too much damage to the persona of Batman, and willingly passed the batsuit onto Grayson, so that he could work at restoring the trust and "aura of invincibility" that he worked so hard to generate (Wikipedia - 1st paragraph).

Once again... Fellow Batman nerd. :)

I was in high school collecting the comics at the time, then got rid of them in a misguided attempt to seem "mature" as I entered college. :(

Now I'm working at getting those issues back a little at a time.

Bill's Waste of Air said...

Oh I totally forgot about Azrael! Sorry, I stand corrected!
Thank you Ralph!
I have all of them in their nice collector plastic sleeves, I was thinking of getting them out and re-reading them before Friday!