• Wed, Jul 25 2012

The Dark Knight Rises Is The Most Right Wing Movie Ever, Correct?

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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.

Now.

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.”

Rush Limbaugh remarked:

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.

But yeah, this is really a movie that really endorses a liberal viewpoint. Wait. Wait, no, I was thinking of In Time, a movie that sympathized with movements like Occupy Wall Street. I’m sorry. I was confused. 

Right, in In Time they try to distribute money/time to the poor and that’s seen as a good thing. That is not the case in The Dark Knight Rises. I mean, people try to do it, it’s just seen as a really bad thing.

Want to know my favorite part of The Dark Knight Rises? Here is my favorite part of the movie:

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  • ct

    lol… this was pretty funny, but I’d say you are glossing over the whole nuclear bomb thing. I’d say the message is not “do not let poor people rise up. They are going to go Robspierre on you.” but “do not let people get so poor and angry that they are willing to blow up you and themselves to prove a point.” Perhaps, in its way, it’s a left-wing “this is what you’ll get if you don’t stop being assholes” message.

    • Meghan Keane

      Actually, I think the message was: “That hot girl who keeps turning you down and saying things about how she cares about the poors is lying. If you throw some money at her and take her to a nice Parisian cafe, she can be yours.”

    • Jennifer Wright

      That cafe was in Florence. Paris would have been a cliche. Florence. Bitches love Florence, Meghan.

  • Meghan Keane

    Duh. Catwoman is sophisticated and stuff.

  • GL

    I don’t think you watched the same movie I did. The “poor people” didn’t rise up–they hid in their houses while the thousand or so criminals Bane released from Blackgate Prison terrorized the city and prevented them from leaving.

    And Bruce Wayne, the ultimate 1%-er, spends the whole movie spending his money on trying to save the little people. Because he believes in them, or something. I guess you could call that privatization of policing, but given how he needs the *actual* police to be freed, I’d say that’s a pretty weak argument too.

    And Batman is always anti-gun. So there’s that.

    • Renee

      “And Bruce Wayne, the ultimate 1%-er, spends the whole movie spending his money on trying to save the little people.”

      No, no he doesn’t. His company stopped giving money to orphans because he was too busy sitting around his mansion pouting. This movie takes a very comic book look at crime (understandable), but the reality is, if Bruce Wayne wanted to be a hero, he could do more to deter crime than waste his money on fancy gadgets so he could run around the city causing destruction (which is what?, payed for by tax payers?) so he can ‘feel’ like a hero. If he insisted that his company pursue fair business practices, created jobs, and spent his own personal fortune on helping those less fortunate he would have done more for the city than Batman ever did.

      Batman was anti-handgun. He seemed to have no problem having projectile based weapons mounted on his vehicles. He also didn’t seem to be donating to any gun control lobbies, since everyone in Gotham seemed to own a piece.

      Personally, I do agree that the bad guys operating theory did seem to mirror the Occupy movement, just in a very twisted way.

    • Jennifer Wright

      I was really reluctant to address the gun thing, however, I do think it’s notable that Catwoman gets to play the hero by charging up and purring “I don’t think I feel quite as strongly against guns as you do.” Bruce – according to the comic books – is against guns because his parents were shot, not because of any political sentiment.

      As for the common people huddling in their apartments 1) the shoeshine boys seemed pretty into killing everyone in the stock exchange and 2) Catwoman’s roommate was downright psyched to be guzzling someone’s champagne.

    • GL

      He’s not just anti-gun, he’s anti-killing. I’ve only seen TDKR once, so I’d have to see if they’re as careful this time round, but in the first couple movies they take great care to show that if he blows anything up, or any cars go flipping out of control because of Batman, they land the right side up/could be survivable. That’s what the Joker’s referring to when he frustratedly yells at Batman–”you just won’t kill me!/you really are incorruptible.”

      Look, I’m not saying that Bruce is the perfect philanthropist–far from it. I just think that the argument for saying this movie as rabidly anti-99% is really weak. The movie has no problem acknowledging that Bruce does the Batman thing because HE needs it, as much or more than Gotham does. Bane tries to make it look like the poor of Gotham are rising up to reclaim what is theirs, but I don’t think he’s ever successful. They are coerced into doing what he wants, but I don’t remember them ever claiming his ‘revolution’ as their own. Especially because it’s ultimately revealed that his whole purpose is in the total destruction of Gotham.

      And I read the shoe-shine boys as plain-clothes members of Bane’s army, in place and ready to attack when he walked through, not as random folks that just joined in on the fun.

      I’d be pretty psyched to drink all that champagne too, jus’ saying.

    • kp

      You must mean the Poor, Misunderstood, Railroaded criminals who the Republicans sent to prison for no reason. They weren’t really bad, they were just upset over not being in the 1%. In fact they were so depressed about it that they chose not to work for all the material things they wanted, they took what they felt was their right.

    • GL

      No, I mean the organized crime bosses and minions that were locked up using Dent’s name.

      No one would ever accuse the Occupy movement with being organized.

  • Eileen

    I just liked that when Scarecrow was sentencing people, I turned to my boyfriend and said, “Oh my God, he’s Robespierre.” Boyfriend said, “I was thinking more Occupy Wall Street, but it doesn’t surprise me that your mind goes to eighteenth-century France.”

    I won with the Sydney Carton at the end, though.

    But I mean, it’s no secret that the Batman movies are kind of Republican. The Waynes are basically Michael Bloomberg, after all.

    • Eileen

      (Not to mention that Bruce Wayne’s wealth is part of his appeal to kids, the original consumers of comic books. No kid can hope to grow up to be from another planet, or bitten by a radioactive spider, or whatever. But Batman (and Iron Man) have the superpower of being rich, smart, and dedicated to working their bodies. There’s a little wish-fulfillment fantasy in them.)

  • Lemona

    “Bitches love Florence, Meghan” I will whisper this to myself when I am stuck in traffic. Thank you.

  • JerryBoyd

    Great article. Really fun read.

    Remember the nuclear “bomb” was originally built for peaceful “clean energy” purposes.

    In an earlier Dark Night film – they demonstrate the benefits wiretapping.

    You might be on to something….

  • degvasfa

    I’ve wound up on the shitty part of the internet again, I see. The movie was apolitical. Christ.