I really resent having to tell you that there will be spoilers in a post whose title indicates that there will be hundreds of spoilers, so let’s just pretend this didn’t happen. You didn’t need this warning because you’re an intelligent human being.
I know that people have decided that Christopher Nolan based comic book villain Bane on Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital, but I am also sure that those people did not see the movie. When I say “those people” I don’t mean it the way Ann Romney means “you people.” I mean “Rush Limbaugh.”
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 Bain [sic]? This movie, the audience is gonna be huge. A lot of people are gonna see the movie, and it’s a lot of brain-dead people, entertainment, the pop culture crowd, and they’re gonna hear Bane in the movie and they’re gonna associate Bain. 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, Romney and Bain, that these people will think back to the Batman movie, “Oh, yeah, I know who that is.” (laughing) There are some people who think it’ll work. Others think you’re really underestimating the American people to think that will work.
Do I think it was accidental? No, Rush, I kind of think Nolan was working off the name of the villain in the comic books which were written in 1993. Admittedly, Bain Capital was founded in 1984 – so it is possible that this has been a really long con by the comic writers with this situation in mind - but I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest the backbreaking Batman villain was named “Bane” after the word. The word “bane.” As in “bane of my existence.” Defined as “a person or thing that ruins or spoils.” So, I think “Bane like bane” would be more accurate than “Bane like Bain”.
That said – I realize that “bain” means “a bath,” but, wow, what a stupid thing to name a private equity fund. I guess Romney did not think about how those two words sound the same. Look, this is why, if you start a fund, you name it after something Large and/or Found in Nantucket. So, like, “Mammoth Capital” would be a good name. Or “Seaport Wealth Management”. Or “Grande Subtle Racism Capital.” It’s up to you.
Want to know my favorite part of The Dark Knight Rises? Here is my favorite part of the movie: