The Dark Knight Rises To The Occasion of Political Propaganda

I’ll be honest here. The last two Batman films have been the best Batman films I’ve seen. Sure I know there are plenty of people who like their favorite Batman. Some like the old style Adam West in that goofy looking “thermal underwear” outfit, while others prefer George Clooney, Val Kilmer, or Michael Keaton. However I believe the storyline and Christian Bale have made a wonderful team in the latest Batman series. As The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters this weekend, it is already making a debut in the political theater.

Kerry Picket writes,

Well here’s a non-sensical comparison from Democrats for the Obama campaign to use. According to Paul Bedard at The Washington Examiner, the Obama campaign takes Batman’s new enemy Bane, a pumped up venom gas breathing maniac, in the movie “The Dark Knight Rises” and compares him to presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, because of the Massachusetts GOP’ers previous work with the investment firm Bain Capital, which Obama and Democrats say was a job killer. Get it–Bane and Bain? Bedard writes:

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“Bane” is the terrorist in the new movie who drives the caped crusader out of semi-retirement in the final Batman movie. Democrats, who believe they have Romney on the ropes over the president’s assault on his leadership at Bain Capital, said the comparisons are too rich to ignore. “It has been observed that movies can reflect the national mood,” said Democratic advisor and former Clinton aide Christopher Lehane. “Whether it is spelled Bain and being put out by the Obama campaign or Bane and being out by Hollywood, the narratives are similar: a highly intelligent villain with offshore interests and a past both are seeking to cover up who had a powerful father and is set on pillaging society,” he added.

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Well I assume that Team Obama is quite happy with this interpretation, though I’m wondering why they aren’t a little upset with Barack Obama being referred to the ‘dark’ knight as both he and Joe Biden were pitted as the “Dynamic Duo” by Paul Bedard over at the Washington Examiner.

Obviously though, the Obama campaign has not quite taken in what side they are on as Anne Hathaway’s character plays more to their style than does Batman. Her character (Catwoman) whispers in the ear of Bruce Wayne “There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches. Because when it hits you’re all going to wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.” I could swear this is ObamaTax and Taxmageddon that she is talking about here!

Frankly Obama and Biden strike me as something of a tag team of Wile E. Coyote and Elmer Fudd than a team of super heroes. Whenever they tell you they are going to fix a problem, they light the fuse and it blows up in their face. When they are on the hunt for something, they just can’t make it pan out and when someone is hunting them for something, say college transcripts, physical birth certificates or documentation related to Fast and Furious, they say, “Shhhhh we’re hunting Republicans.”

I’m willing to venture a guess with all the extra media hype of the movie in the political sphere it will do quite well opening weekend and Obama’s Hollywood elites will thank him for it with a campaign donation.

While I personally think that a parallel of Mitt Romney to the “Bane” character of Batman is ridiculous, I also think it’s just as ridiculous to look to O-Biden as the “Dynamic Duo.” However, if we are just going to stay on the Batman analogy, then Barack Obama could be Two-Face and Joe Biden could be the Joker. Just don’t let Republicans ever refer to Barack Obama as the “dark knight” or there will be a charge of racism.

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