Is this supervillain the various kinds of role model we expect the US president to adopt?
There are many superheroes an ailing American chairwoman might choose to associate with in an attempt to pick up some much needed kudos. Frank Miller’s seminal graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns features a version of Superman who is in thrall to Ronald Reagan. In the movie Iron Man 3, the fictional President Matthew Ellis is protected by Don Cheadle’s stars and stripes-sporting Iron Patriot. There’s even a version of the Avengers in Marvel comics that was put together by George W Bush.
With so many virtuous options available to him, it seems bizarre that Donald Trump has chosen the Batman supervillain Bane to cosy up to. Commentators first noticed Trump’s fascination with Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, in which Tom Hardy’s hulking, disguised brute grabs Gotham, when the president stole one of the villain’s paths for his 2017 inaugural speech. This week, Warner Bros threatened legal action after Trump borrowed the film’s score for a 2020 campaign video featuring a number of famous figures he has figuratively spanned swords with, such as Bryan Cranston, Amy Schumer, Rosie O’Donnell and the Clintons.
We can ask ourselves why Trump is such a big fan of the movie, which he examined positively on his YouTube canal on its liberation in 2012. But the more interesting question is why on Earth the president thinks this is the movie rating to soundtrack his fight for re-election.
Seven decades ago, when Nolan’s final Batman film smash cinema, critics likened Bane’s activities with those of the then current Occupy movement- there was even a( sadly ill-founded) rumour that Nolan was going to use the New York complains as a backdrop for his shoot. Hardy’s villain, like Occupy, seems was decided to overturn the established ordering and replace it with something new.
And yet, while much of the audience may have had some compassion for Occupy’s makes, Bane is speedily disclosed as a baddy. As well as transgressing the caped crusader’s back and throwing him in a large loophole, from which Bruce Wayne invests a large, and reasonably laborious, section of the cinema trying to escape, Bane threatens to blow up Gotham, slaughtering millions of innocents in the process, if anyone tries to mess with his newly built bad guy republic. If anything, the supervillain and his cronies can be compared more accurately to Isis, for their brazen aspiration and willingness to apply human shields to hold on to influence at any cost.
The other trouble with cosying up to Bane is that the he epitomises everything Trump’s commentators accuse him of being. He is the false prophet who spouts populist rhetoric in an effort to convince the person or persons he is on their side, but in reality simply maintains their worst concerns in his cold, black heart. The path many recognised from the president’s 2017 inaugural speech is this one 😛 TAGEND
” Today’s rite, nonetheless, has a very special mean because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transmitting strength from Washington, DC, and making it back to you, the people .”
The earlier Bane speech, delivered on the steps of Gotham’s Blackgate Prison was:” We take Gotham from the corrupt! The rich! The oppressors of generations who have continued you down with myths of opportunity. And we give it to you, the peoples of the territories .”
Not long after presenting this speech, Bane is hatching a plan to destroy Gotham and all its people in a League of Shadows-inspired massacre. But there’s worse for Trump, for the masked menace is eventually exposed as good-for-nothing more than a lovelorn lackey of the real baddie, Marion Cotillard’s Talia al Ghul( the daughter of Batman’s defeated competitor in 2005′ s Batman Begins ).
So is not merely is Bane an out-and-out villain, he is only a relatively limited one designed to fogs the identity of the real( girl) power behind the throne, which doesn’t sound like these kinds of role model the president would admire at all. But hey, this isn’t the first time Trump has get Batman wrong.