Comic book writer Chuck Dixon, whose resume includes co-creating the Batman villain Bane (as well as a whole slew of other characters), refuted conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh‘s conspiracy theory that Bane represents Mitt Romney.
Dixon told ComicBook.com: “The idea that there’s some kind of liberal agenda behind the use of Bane in the new movie is silly. 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.”
Dixon said that the he did not have politics in mind when he created the character, but said that he would be more of an “Occupy Wall Street type,” if he were to be compared to a modern day political figure.
Earlier this week, Limbaugh suggested that Bane, the villain in the new Batman film The Dark Knight Rises, is a reference to Mitt Romney’s previous employer, the venture capital firm Bain. He said: “The movie has been in the works for a long time. The release date’s been known, summer 2012 for a long time. Do you think that it is accidental that the name of the really vicious fire breathing four eyed whatever it is villain in this movie is named Bane?” (Via Gawker).