July 18th, 2012
12:05 PM ET
An early trailer for "The Dark Knight Rises" highlights a plot point that references a timely societal issue: a tension between the haves and the have-nots.
Anne Hathaway's Selina Kyle tells Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne in the clip, "You think this can last. There's a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches. 'Cause when it hits, you're all going to wonder how you ever thought you could live so large, and leave so little for the rest of us."
But Rush Limbaugh has pointed to another element that he thinks could impact our national conversation about the upcoming election, which would be the name of the movie's villain, Bane.
It just so happens that Bane, the ruthlessly brutal masked evildoer, shares his name with Bain Capital, the financial firm Republican candidate Mitt Romney once headed up that's also been a talking point in the run-up to the election.
For Limbaugh, this association isn't a mere coincidence.
"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?" Limbaugh inquired on his show Tuesday, as posted by MediaMatters.
He goes on to point out that "there's now discussion out there whether or not this is purposeful, and whether or not it'll [have] influence voters."
"This movie, the audience is going to be huge, [a] lot of people are going to see the movie. And it's a lot of brain-dead people, entertainment, the pop culture crowd," Limbaugh said. "And they're going to hear 'Bane' in the movie, and they are going to associate Bain. And the thought is that when they start paying attention to the campaign later in the year, and Obama and the Democrats keep talking about Bain, not Bain Capital, but Bain, Romney and Bain, that these people will think back to the Batman movie."
The name "Bane," of course, has been around for far longer than our current look at Romney and Bain Capital - the character made headlines when he broke Batman’s back in the comics in 1993.
And although "Dark Knight Rises" does explore the topics of class and wealth, director Christopher Nolan says it's not an attempt to take sides in a political debate.
"The notion of economic fairness creeps into the film, and the reason is two-fold," Nolan told Entertainment Weekly in its latest issue. "One, Bruce Wayne is a billionaire. It has to be addressed. ... But two, there are a lot of things in life, and economics is one of them, where we have to take a lot of what we’re told on trust ... So in making a movie about dishonesty, really, it’s one of the things we think about."
That said, Nolan doesn't think there's a "Left or Right perspective" in "Dark Knight Rises." Rather, "What is there is just an honest assessment or honest exploration of the world we live in - things that worry us."
Meanwhile, fans who still haven't purchased tickets to the film might want to worry about escalating prices. ABC News reports that as some shows sell out for the movie's release this week, sellers on eBay and Craigslist are hiking up the cost to $25 to $40 a ticket, with some even charging the desperate north of $100.
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