Is Batman’s Bane Also Romney’s? — PICTURES

July 18, 2012, 8:58 a.m.

Com­ic book fans aren’t the only ones get­ting ex­cited about this week’s re­lease of The Dark Knight Rises. On Ju­ly 17, Rush Limbaugh cre­ated a minor stir by sug­gest­ing that the vil­lain in the new Bat­man film, Bane, is an in­ten­tion­al dig at Mitt Rom­ney and Bain Cap­it­al. Quoth Limbaugh, “Do you think it is ac­ci­dent­al that the name of the really vi­cious fire-breath­ing, four-eyed whatever-it-is vil­lain in this movie is named Bane?” 

The Bane of Bat­man first ap­peared in 1993, which is a good nine years after Bain Cap­it­al was foun­ded, but is also 19 years be­fore this year’s pres­id­en­tial elec­tion. So the con­nec­tion between Bane and Bain Cap­it­al doesn’t quite ex­ist.

But how about oth­er Bane/Bains that have popped up in com­ics and fantasy fic­tion? Take a look at some of the char­ac­ters we’ve col­lec­ted here, and let us know.