Chuck Dixon Clears up Controversy over Bane & Bain

Chuck Dixon Clears up Controversy over Bane & Bain

Bane co-creator Chuck Dixon comes out to clear the air about the supposed connection between his character's involvement with the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, and Romney's private equity firm Bain Capital.

I know a lot of people on this site have been either fixated or bothered (maybe both) regarding the controversy over the use of Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. My intention here is not to add fuel to the political flames but share with you Bane co-creator Chuck Dixon's own words on the matter. We have heard snippets of his reaction but I am offering a more complete take.

In an article on, Neetzan Zimmerman quotes Dixon's frustration with the politicizing of his character:

"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."

As has been mentioned before Dixon commented on radio show host Rush Limbaugh's comments:

"I saw it on FB like two hours ago," he wrote on the Dixonverse messageboard on Monday. "Tho' I got a cold feeling in the pit of my stomach that Rush may pick up on this. And [t]hat would be the second time he pegged me and Graham as liberals on his show."

In an interview on, Chuck Dixon had this to add:

"As for his appearance in The Dark Knight Rises, Bane is a force for evil and the destruction of the status quo... He's far more akin to an Occupy Wall Street type if you're looking to cast him politically. And if there ever was a Bruce Wayne running for the White House it would have to be Romney."

I am hoping that Dixon's words will quell any rising (no pun intended) suspicions of political conspiracy. I am hoping we all can respect Dixon's take and just move on and enjoy the greatness that is The Dark Knight Rises.

If you are interested in reading the article, I have it linked below.
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kevberg - 7/19/2012, 4:28 PM

The article quotes the DNC as ones actually considering using the comparison. Dixon is squashing the crap that Romney is somehow like Bane.

The DNC are the crazies using Bane and batman . they see it as another political tool to cash in on pop culture.

Dixon is clearing up the silliness of comparing Bane to Romney.
LP4 - 7/19/2012, 4:36 PM
@Marxman and kevberg- You guys are great! This is proof yet again of Conservatives being BLAMED for a mess created by the Liberals
Marxman12 - 7/19/2012, 5:19 PM
Thanks guys! I hope you guys enjoy TDKR?

@LP4 Are you excited for the 'Man of Steel' teaser trailer?
LP4 - 7/19/2012, 5:39 PM
@Marxman- Most definitely bro! Most cbmers here know me as a huge superman advocate lol so anything with Supes in it, i'll rally for! The film should have the much-needed action we have all been waiting for!!!

Again- great article buddy!
CrimsonDynamo - 7/19/2012, 9:19 PM
Haha WTF is this??? Nobody in their right mind is giving Chuck Dixon any credit for this... he created Bane 20 yrs ago, and had nothing to do with TDKR...
nowtheresaBATman - 7/19/2012, 11:31 PM
what?? Dixon's comparing Romney to Bruce Wayne? & I thought Rash Limboob was nuts....
Marxman12 - 7/19/2012, 11:56 PM
Why am I not surprised many of you are now trashing Dixon b/c he & Graham Nolan are conservative. The whole "well everybody has an opinion" suddenly doesn't apply or matter. Its all good if Whedon goes on a rant or Samuel L. Jackson goes off on politics or Alan Moore supports Occupy but "Heaven forbid!" there be any comic book creators who think differently. I may not agree with Whedon's comments or Moore's positions but I still appreciate their artistic work and respect their right to free speech.
Shredder - 7/20/2012, 12:08 PM
@ kevberg

Could not agree more.

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