Does ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Want to Influence Your Election Vote?

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The final gritty gut punch of Gotham’s caped crusader lands in theaters tomorrow — are y’all ready to say goodbye to the epic Dark Knight series?! WAAAH. Letting go hurts. But we can’t wait to see “The Dark Knight Rises” as the film explores terrorism, 99% vs 1%, corruption, psychology of crime fighting and more. But does the movie have a special message for this Presidential election year? Controversial right-wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh has a hunch but Gary Oldman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt aren’t buying his bat beef.

Basically, Rush thinks that using Bane (played by unrecognizable British hottie Tom Hardy) as the main villain in this movie was a strategic move by the filmmakers to brainwash America’s public. See, Bane (who’s been in the comics since 1993) obviously sounds exactly like Bain, the financial firm that Republican Presidential wannabe Mitt Romney worked for back in the day. Mitt’s gettin’ grilled about the amount of money he pulled in as a big-time exec — which is why his tax returns are such a hot topic — and Rush thinks the Dark Knight crew is out to make Bain-gate even worse for Rom-dog. Check it:

“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 says. “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. 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.”

Holy radio rant, Batman! Rush might be wishing he had a Batmobile for a swift getaway after that mouth-off…

MTV’s Josh Horowitz sets the record straight while chatting with Gary Oldman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Gary lays the secret political agenda issue to rest by saying, “As brilliant as [director] Christopher Nolan is, he doesn’t have a crystal ball,” and JGL explains that it’s about sparking convos, not telling us what to think. Peep the whole clip:

We know all y’all are rocking your best bat gear and cramming into a movie theater this weekend — so hit us up with your take on “The Dark Knight’s” politics. Does this modern DC hero have actually designs for DC?!


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