12:41pm PT by Jordan Zakarin
'The Dark Knight Rises': Rush Limbaugh Pushes on Bane vs. Bain as Chuck Dixon Refutes Claim
At this point, Bane might just want to hire a political adviser.
A day after Rush Limbaugh remarked on the similarity between the Batman villain's name and Mitt Romney's (under-fire) private equity firm, and drawing plenty of criticism in doing so, the host took to the airwaves to try and clarify his position re: masked monsters their political agendas.
"Everybody’s out there running around saying I got this giant conspiracy theory that the Batman people, the creators, the comic book creators, created this thing to campaign against Romney," he said. "I never said that. I didn’t say there was a conspiracy. I said the Democrats were going to use it, which they are. Jon Stewart’s harping on it."
Limbaugh may not have used the word conspiracy, but he did ask his listeners if they found the similarity an accident, implying that he saw an obvious connection. Bane creator Chuck Dixon, for his part, had already fired back about this idea, and pushed back again in a statement to Comicbook.com.
“I refuted this within hours of the article in the Washington Examiner suggesting that Bane would be tied to Bain Capital and Mitt Romney appearing," he said. "Bane was created by me and Graham Nolan and we are lifelong conservatives and as far from left-wing mouthpieces as you are likely to find in comics.”
Where Limbaugh and Dixon do agree, however, is that Bane has more of a left-wing affiliation than Batman.
"He’s far more akin to an Occupy Wall Street type if you’re looking to cast him politically," Dixon said. "And if there ever was a Bruce Wayne running for the White House it would have to be Romney.”
Of course, one's perception of the good guy is always shaped by one's political beliefs, as many see Bruce Wayne as a progressive philanthropist. Nonetheless, it looks like Limbaugh's Bane assertion has been buried.