Below, audio of Rush Limbaugh's radio show, wherein he posits that the villain of "The Dark Knight Rises" being named BANE is a deliberate attempt to help the Obama campaign by smearing his Republican challenger Mitt Romney (re: former head of BAIN Capital.) No, really.
UPDATE: Amusingly, The Guardian's Catherine Shoard, posits that the film is actually much more of an anti-"Occupy" capitalist power-fantasy that "Mitt Romney would be thrilled" with. I'm not reviewing or opining on the film at all until Friday's "Escape to The Movies," but I'll say that I don't disagree with this particular thematic assessment.
Not that I expect that ANY of what Devin Faraci has colorfully named "The Bat-Jihadists" (or "Mujhabatdeen") might be READING THIS and spurred to, oh, visit the contact page for Rush's radio show and have themselves a lil' old party or anything...
Y'know, I'm probably not a favorite person among the Nolan/Batman fanboys - we've had our differences in the past, etc. But if they insist on unleashing full-tilt troll-storms on any media personality who doesn't break out the 10/10 rubber-stamp for their prefered movies... I can't help but think it'd be just swell if some of that venom and vitriol got sent "Rushbo's" way. Hate-spewing reactionary vs. hate-spewing reactionaries, and all that.
I mean, not for nothing, but part of the attack-the-critics mentality is that bad reviews might hurt the film's chances at setting/breaking some arbitrary boxoffice record, no? Well, unlike ANY film critic, Limbaugh actually does have the clout to turn his sizable following "against" a media property - I don't like it any more than anyone else, but he is about that powerful.