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Jul 20 2012

Rush Limbaugh as The Penguin explains the Bat-Conspiracy against Romney

You have to admit, Oswald Cobblepot is actually significantly more sane-sounding than this normally. Jimmy Kimmel pretty much picked the perfect clips to show how ridiculous Limbaugh’s accusations are, because the clips of Bane are from an episode that first aired September 10, 1994. If there was a secret plot to make Mitt Romney look stupid and evil, it would have had to hatch eighteen years ago.

This evil villain was even in Batman and Robin, which I’m sure you’ve all scrubbed from your memories for Bane being such an ineffectual villain and for the existence of Bat-nipples. And yet somehow this was a plot against Romney — despite the fact that, when the first trailers for The Dark Knight Rises were showing up, we still thought Newt Fucking Gingrich was going to be Obama’s opponent.

Anyway, it’s ridiculous to say anything in the Batman mythology is politically tilted against Republicans in any way, frankly — it’s one long capitalist power fantasy. It’s Objectivism writ large, where the rich make the rules and personally destroy through physical violence and psychological terrorism any deviance from the script. Not that those fantastic elements don’t make for an entertaining story, mind you. I love the hell out of the Batman mythology, to be perfectly frank, even despite (and in some cases because of) it being so diametrically opposed to many of my own personal ideologies.

(Yes, I’ve heard about the theatre shooting. That’ll be a different post, please and thanks.)

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  1. 1
    Improbable Joe, bearer of the Official SpokesGuitar

    Yeah, Batman is really just one set of rich jerks fighting other sets of rich jerks for control of the poors.

  2. 2
    plutosdad

    Nolan really takes that theme on in this 3rd movie actually. Though I’m not sure there is ever a resolution, but the people (mostly rich but not always) doing what they want, or putting their goals ahead of their own morality, is part of the story.

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    Juniper Shoemaker

    I love the hell out of the Batman mythology, to be perfectly frank, even despite (and in some cases because of) it being so diametrically opposed to many of my own personal ideologies.

    You English majors. So complicated.

  4. 4
    John Horstman

    That’s my favorite animated version of Batman! And, yes, Batman’s superpower is that he’s fantastically wealthy, and he uses his money to subvert a corrupt public sector and government in order to do The Right Thing. Of course, he’s a self-sacrificing guy with a martyr complex stemming from survivor’s guilt who uses his wealth to try to help everyone (fighting other rich assholes who are interested in their own power and status, and also a reasonably funny psychopath, and Catwoman, who appears steal simply for the cat-themed lulz), making him something of a privileged socialist stuck in a corrupt and dysfunctional capitalist world (money and power are, after all, what corrupted the government and public sector to begin with). It’s not quite an Objectivist fantasy – if it was, Batman would not try to save the undeserving poor who are just too lazy to succeed. It’s more of a Great White Hunter Saves the Tribals from the Evil White Men story, using class instead of race. And somehow I *just* realized that Batman is a total knockoff of El Zorro, right down to the cape and cowl. Wow.

  5. 5
    Jason Thibeault

    Just now? Heh. The single biggest tell was that, in every version of Batman’s origin story, L’il Brucey Wayne was going to see The Mask of Zorro with his parents when they were gunned down in Crime Alley.

    Every. Single. Version. Despite origins being revised all the damn time.

    (As far as I can tell anyway.)

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    Jason Thibeault

    They also very heavily ripped off The Shadow for the cloak and detective skills, BTW.

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