Christopher Nolan is unfazed by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh’s accusation that the “Batman” filmmaker’s choice of Bane as the villain of his upcoming movie was a jab at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s former company, Bain Capital.
“I’m not sure how to address something that bizarre, to be honest. I really don’t have an answer for it. It’s a very particular comment to make,” Nolan said Wednesday at the London premiere of his final “Batman” installment, “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Actor Morgan Freeman, who plays Lucius Fox in the film, also called Limbaugh’s contention “ridiculous.”
“Chris wrote a fictional story that didn’t have any political thoughts in mind, so it’s like art or something you know, it’s all in the mind of the beholder,” Freeman said.
Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., took to Twitter Wednesday to weigh in on the controversy by proposing a “bipartisan” solution, writing, “There needs to be a bipartisan effort to find Rush a new job.”
Limbaugh’s comments angered Batfans so much so that the radio host said the backlash he received was a bigger than the reaction over “the Fluke thing,” referring to when he called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” after she testified before House Democrats on health insurance coverage for birth control.
In a recent interview with “Nightline,” Nolan talked about how he has been accused of politicizing his “Batman” films in the past and said that politics was never part of his agenda.
“With all the films, myself… my co-writers, we try to be sincere about writing situations that would frighten us, that would concern us, things that I suppose we absorb from the world around us. We never want to be overtly political in any sense,” the filmmaker told ABC’s Chris Connelly.
For ”The Dark Knight Rises,” Nolan said the reason he chose Bane, an unfeeling genius with venom in his veins played by actor Tom Hardy, was because he wanted an antagonist who would make moviegoers ”fear for Batman’s physical safety.”
“What Bane provides is this incredibly frightening physicality,” Nolan said. “He is a militaristic presence. He’s a monster.”
–Compiled from various sources, including ABC News.