Making an unplanned phone call into the nationally syndicated radio program Schnitt Show yesterday, comic book writer Chuck Dixon, co-creator of the character Bane, refuted claims made by Rush Limbaugh that the homophonic similarities between the Batman villain and Mitt Romney's financial services company Bain suggest a liberal conspiracy to smear the presidential candidate.
"Graham and I are both staunch conservatives, so from our angle there is no liberal agenda," Dixon said, referring to his DC partner Graham Nolan.
"The idea that there's some kind of liberal agenda behind the use of Bane in the new movie is silly," Dixon told ComicBook.com in the aftermath of the Limbaugh segment. "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. 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."
Incidentally, Dixon himself predicted that Limbaugh would make a big deal out of the coincidence. "I saw it on FB like two hours ago," he wrote on the Dixonverse messageboard on Monday. "Tho' I got a cold feeling in the pit of my stomach that Rush may pick up on this. And [t]hat would be the second time he pegged me and Graham as liberals on his show."
As Bleeding Cool notes, Dixon is "one of the comic book industry's best-known political conservatives."
Despite vehemently denying that there was any connection to be made between his Batman work and the current election cycle, Dixon did offer Limbaugh and other right-wing straw-graspers a consolation prize.
"As for his appearance in The Dark Knight Rises, Bane is a force for evil and the destruction of the status quo," Dixon said. "He's far more akin to an Occupy Wall Street type if you're looking to cast him politically. And if there ever was a Bruce Wayne running for the White House it would have to be Romney."
Listen to the full Schnitt Show interview below (starts @ 3:25):
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