Nolan's Batman films: Conservative or Liberal

Politics Of Batman: Do Nolan’s Films Carry A Liberal Or Conservative Message? [Op-Ed]

It’s on everyone’s mind, but cast and crew play coy. Do Christopher Nolan’s unfathomably popular Batman films carry a political message? Is that message in-line with liberal Hollywood? Or does it play to opposite, conservative values? With today’s release of the third entry, The Dark Knight Rises, and the marketing campaign leading up to it, many have opined that Nolan’s Batman films have a rather subtle way of “rattling the cages” of social and cultural issues.

“The films genuinely aren’t intended to be political. You don’t want to alienate people, you want to create a universal story,” said director Christopher Nolan in a Rolling Stone interview. Well, that settles it, doesn’t it?

The correct answer is that it should but it doesn’t. It didn’t stop damn-near everyone from interpreting the early trailers as winks and nods to the Occupy Wall Street Movement (whether for or against) and it didn’t stop Rush Limbaugh from foolishly running his mouth about the film’s villain Bane (a villain created for comics 20 years ago, mind you) being a not-so-subtle reference to Mitt Romney’s own Bain Capital and all of the controversy crafted thereabouts, just because their names sound the same.

Yes, liberal Hollywood is attacking good old-fashioned apple pie conservative values by blatantly naming a villain (two years ago during pre-production, longer if you want to go back to the comics) after a Mitt Romney pseudo-scandal that has only been on the media’s radar for a month.

Is it... Bane? Or Bain? I'll check my 90s comics and get back to you, Limbaugh