The new Batman movie is not an attack on Romney

(via Phil DeFrano) Rush Limbaugh has accused the creators of the new Batman movie of naming the main villain after Bain Capital, the firm that Mitt Romney ambiguously worked for around the time of his being governor of Massachusetts.  By his timeline, the secret-member-of-the-liberal-conspiracy director Christopher Nolan knew about the results of the Republican primary which ended on July 14, 2012, before he started production on the film fourteen months earlier, in May 2011.  He also knew that the major talking point around Romney criticism at the time of the film's release would be his fuzzy relationship with Bain Capital.

Let's assume he didn't know anything prior to that point -- that Chris Nolan can only see 14 months into the future.

He then decided either (a.) to radically re-write and re-cast the central villain of the new movie, so that he can use the member of the Batman rogues' gallery with the most politically resonant name, or (b.) to change the already chosen villain's name back to Bane, but not all the way to Bain, because he'd changed it at some point prior to that, or else this wouldn't be a conspiracy.

He decided not to change the basic nature of the villain, keeping with the obvious Occupy Wall Street overtones in the trailers, which are confirmed by the character's creator, probably just to keep it subtle.  Of course, that clever man Rush Limbaugh saw through the scheme.

In his coverage of Limbaugh's rant, Phil DeFranco points out that people listen to Rush Limbaugh, and after the show, they feel like they've been informed.  I'm not saying that you can't get news from a conservative commentator.  But this kind of trash is just insane, and Rush Limbaugh isn't some fringe element, he's a household name.

The Dark Knight Rises may well have political under- or overtones.  I hope it does, and I'm looking forward to writing about it.  If it does, they'll probably lean conservative -- the Batman mythos, as much as I love it, is intrinsically paternalistic and authoritarian.  I probably won't be seeing it until next Tuesday, and I'll cover it then.

But this simple word-association style commentary is the kind of thing that chokes our national dialogue.