The Creator of the New* Batman Villain Thinks You're an Idiot if You Compare Him to Romney

Reporting on Politics and Policy.
July 17 2012 12:43 PM

The Creator of the New* Batman Villain Thinks You're an Idiot if You Compare Him to Romney

As D.C. comics fans know, Bane was created by Chuck Dixon in the 1994 Knightfall storyline for the same reason Doomsday was created in concurrent Superman comics. The company needed a new black hat to take out one of their flagship stars. Bane, a second-generation criminal genius from a fictional South American company, wore a luchador mask and pumped himself up with a sort of super-steroid called "Venom." He engineered a brilliant plot to tire out Batman, stalked him home, then broke the hero's spine.

Eighteen years later, Christopher Nolan has reimagined Bane as less cartoonish, less South American master criminal terrorist and made him the villain of The Dark Knight Rises. Instead of a luchador mask, Bane 2.0 sports a terrifying kind of Nosferatu rehab headgear—easy to edit in Photoshop onto pictures of the former CEO of Bain Capital. Bain, Bane. Get it? I'll explain:

Kerry Picket was the first to notice Chuck Dixon's response to this, as carried out on his Web forums. Dixon, who shares a lot of the libertarian philosophical flashes of creators like Steve Ditko and Frank Miller, is having none of this crap.

Overgrasping Dems?  Hey, if it gets Obama supporters into theaters. Maybe they'll buy thousands of Bane toys to throw at Romney. It all adds to MY Bane capital. I wonder if the Romney campaign will contact me?

Later, a fan points out that the studio's Bane/Bain conspiracy would have had to date back years. Dixon:

NINE years ago when the franchise started. Maybe Warners thought Ron Paul would get the nod and that's why they wanted the Riddler. Of course, the answers to all his riddles would be "The warrrrrrrrr...."

(Photo via All American Blogger.)

And Dixon's last word so far on his politics:

Screen shot 2012-07-17 at 2.25.32 PM

*Just explaining the headline. This isn't a new character.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Meet the New Bosses

How the Republicans would run the Senate.

The Government Is Giving Millions of Dollars in Electric-Car Subsidies to the Wrong Drivers

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Cheez-Its. Ritz. Triscuits.

Why all cracker names sound alike.

Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom

The Eye

This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059

Medical Examiner

Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?  

A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.

The Afghan Town With a Legitimately Good Tourism Pitch

A Futurama Writer on How the Vietnam War Shaped the Series

  News & Politics
Photography
Sept. 21 2014 11:34 PM People’s Climate March in Photos Hundreds of thousands of marchers took to the streets of NYC in the largest climate rally in history.
  Business
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
  Life
Quora
Sept. 22 2014 8:07 AM Why Haven’t the Philadelphia Eagles Ever Won a Super Bowl?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Science
Sept. 22 2014 8:08 AM Slate Voice: “Why Is So Much Honey Clover Honey?” Mike Vuolo shares the story of your honey.
  Arts
Television
Sept. 21 2014 9:00 PM Attractive People Being Funny While Doing Amusing and Sometimes Romantic Things Don’t dismiss it. Friends was a truly great show.
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 22 2014 7:47 AM Predicting the Future for the U.S. Government The strange but satisfying work of creating the National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends report.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 22 2014 5:30 AM MAVEN Arrives at Mars
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.