Rush Limbaugh has come under the impression that the villainous Bane, played by Tom Hardy in “The Dark Knight Rises” and Batman's most destructive nemesis yet, is a dig at Bain Capital, the financial services company once headed by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney that's featuring prominently in President Barack Obama's campaign ads...Bane originally premiered in the 1993 comic book, BATMAN: VENGEANCE OF BANE #1. His co-creator Chuck Dixon calls Limbaugh's comments "Ridiculous."
"Do you think 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 lamented on his syndicated radio show today.
It's also worth noting that Bane was in the 1997 Batman & Robin movie, though he was overshadowed by Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy.
UPDATED ON 07/19/12: Looks like Limbaugh has had enough ridicule and is now backing off his earlier assertion that Bane was an intentional dig at GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney due to his former connections to Bain Capital:
“I never said that!” he declared on his Wednesday broadcast, in an apparent effort to take back his “The Dark Knight Rises” conspiracy theory. “I have had more reaction to [the Batman conspiracy] than anything, including the Fluke thing!” Limbaugh insisted. “It has been — I’ve had my brother telling me that Twitter is going nuts. I’ve been getting hateful email, supportive email. More people are concerned about what I have said or what I didn’t say about a Batman villain than they are about their own jobs. It’s incredible!”Limbaugh says that he really meant that the Democrats would use Bane to attack Romney and feels vindicated by the reactions he has received. However, those reacting to this story are not reacting to Romney or the GOP. They are chuckling at Limbaugh's own goofy assertions. But whatever works, eh?