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Christopher Nolan Responds To Rush Limbaugh's Comments; Conan O'Brien Cuts A New 'Dark Knight Rises' Trailer

by Kevin Jagernauth
July 19, 2012 1:12 PM
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"The Dark Knight Rises" opens in theaters tomorrow, and it seems to be making everyone a little bit crazy. Bat-obsessives kneeling at the altar of Christopher Nolan have unleashed their fury at critical reviews of the film on Rotten Tomatoes, forcing the movie rating aggregators to turn off comments on all reviews for the pic entirely (side note: Warner Bros. owns Rotten Tomatoes so make of that what you will). Meanwhile, Rush Limbaugh unleashed his usual bit of crazy, suggesting that the villain of Bane is some scheme to get voters confused about Mitt Romney's various Bain Capital controversies. Now it's time for a rejoinder.

“I’m not sure how to address something that bizarre, to be honest. I really don’t have an answer for it. It’s a very particular comment to make,” Christopher Nolan told press at the London premiere for 'Rises.' C'mon Chris, you could've done better than that! We'll leave it Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash), who hit Twitter on Wednesday saying: “There needs to be a bipartisan effort to find Rush a new job.” BURN.

As for the fan response to the negative reviews, Nolan once again put on his kindly Diplomacy Hat saying, “I think the fans are very passionate about these characters the way a lot of people are very passionate. Batman’s been around for over 70 years and there’s a reason for that. He has a huge appeal, so I think you know people certainly respond to the character.” A missed opportunity to tell diehard fans to chill the fuck out if there ever was one.

Finally, Conan O'Brien used the Limbaugh/'Rises' dustup, displaying a recut version of the trailer on "Conan" that replaces Bane's dialogue with a fake Mitt Romney. It's actually not that funny, but it'll do until the stroke of midnight when the Bat flies again in theaters everywhere. [ABC/EW]

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  • Dennis | July 24, 2012 3:10 PMReply

    Wow, all these comments, from both the right and lefts, are really giving me a headache. Can we not all be like Chris Nolan, polite and evasive?

  • Mike | July 20, 2012 7:10 PMReply

    The movie is actually a strong argument for Republicans. As it clearly points out to anyone paying attention, we there is no such thing as peacetime and we need to have a Dark Knight to protect us against the evil that lies in our sewers. George W. Bush was that Dark Knight. Now that he has retired, it is up to Mitt Romney, aka Robin, to save the day against the evil socialist Bane (Obama) and his army of thugs with their promise of hope and change.

  • RedHead | July 24, 2012 12:48 PM

    Interesting, as I viewed the anarchy brought by the Joker and the wannabe communism that appears to be brought by Bane as being enough to get Mitt in a sweat.

  • Zack | July 20, 2012 7:39 PM

    You say "anyone paying attention", I say "anyone who went in determined to interpret the film in a way that vindicated their politics". "Mitt Romney, aka Robin" was pretty hilarious, though.

  • Ellison | July 20, 2012 11:39 AMReply

    Hey Rush.. not everyone is as stupid as you are.

  • Miles Ellison | July 20, 2012 4:13 PM

    An alarmingly large number of people are, in fact, as stupid as Rush Limbaugh.

  • brad | July 20, 2012 11:37 AMReply

    Rush Limbaugh is just a fat college drop out that damaged his brain through massive drug abuse.

  • Rumsfeld | July 23, 2012 11:56 PM

    Miles and Brad--both of you need your fat faces kicked in.

  • BL | July 19, 2012 10:05 PMReply

    The Democrats are the ones that started this comparison with the movie, Rush is just pointing it out to people who didnt hear about it. Obama you're on the way out in November and dont let the door hit you in the arse when you go.

  • Mike | July 20, 2012 4:04 AM

    For the billionth fucking time: Democrats made a JOKE about the Bain/Bane thing, Rush Limbaugh seriously suggested that the villain was named "Bane" in an attempt to turn people against Mittens. I would tell you to learn some nuance, but then, you're a Limbaugh fan.

  • Rick | July 19, 2012 8:07 PMReply

    Rush is a plug:

  • wil stryder | July 19, 2012 4:38 PMReply

    Ha ha, what a whackadoo you are, with this country in the shape it is in, you will still brown nose Obama! The Dark Knight Rises is a movie and I hope it's great, but it will not brain wash me into thinking any other way. I know the truth.

  • Zack | July 20, 2012 4:02 AM

    Is there really no middle ground at all between thinking Rush Limbaugh is an idiot and "brown-nosing Obama"? Although thank you for informing me that "The Dark Knight Rises" is a movie. I thought it was a sandwich for some reason.

  • cgk | July 19, 2012 7:04 PM


  • Brandt Hardin | July 19, 2012 3:45 PMReply

    `What Mitt and his company do should be illegal… at best, it is immoral. Romney is a Vampire in Mormon Clothing and under his leadership, Bain gutted companies, sucking them dry and leaving families in shambles without work or a means to provide for their children. Is this the type of leader we want? Read more about the role of Romney’s blood money in this election and the power of his sacred undergarments at

  • Gordon | July 23, 2012 11:58 PM

    And Brandt is the world's great political thinker. Mr. extra small in the crotch.

  • David | July 19, 2012 2:19 PMReply

    "various Bain Capital controversies."

    Such as?

    "C'mon Chris, you could've done better than that!"

    Gee, maybe Nolan respects his audience enough not to engage in political rants a la George Clooney. Apparently, you want directors to get political, whereas I want directors to shut up about politics, and just direct!

    As far as Conan goes, talk about intellectual laziness. It was the Dems who first brought up the absurd idea that Bain Capital was like Bane the character. Where's Conan's joke about that? He's about a week behind the news cycle. Outsourcing jobs? Really? Where? When? Obama has spent billions of US taxdollars subsidizing companies overseas. He blocked American oil companies from drilling in the Gulf; but then proceeded to give billions of US taxdollars to a Brazilian oil company to drill, where, in the Gulf.

    Expecting leftists to use their head is way too much to ask.

  • Zack | July 19, 2012 2:25 PM

    Also, the reason Nolan could have "done better than that" is that Limbaugh's conspiracy theory was fucking stupid and deserves to be mocked.

  • Paul | July 19, 2012 1:46 PMReply

    Soooo, Rush Limbaugh doesn't like it when people take words out of context or make things into something they're not.

    I think Alanis Morissette would have something to say about that.

    It's like raaaiiiaaaaiiiinnn...

    I for one don't think Limbaugh was ACTUALLY accusing TDKR of trying to make Romney look bad. (Romney's doing well enough on his own, thankyouverymuch.) But that doesn't make Limbaugh's remarks any less ridiculous, because what he DID say was that Democrats were using (or were going to use) a whole lame Batman/Bane metaphor in campaign ads for Obama. Unfortunately, here in reality (a plane of existence rarely visited by drug addicts such as Limbaugh), not only has this NOT happened, I seriously doubt there is any effort to move in that direction at ALL.

    Limbaugh has no one to blame for this than himself. The only thing he had to go on for his little rant was ONE very self-aware joke by Jon Stewart on the Daily Show. Now, if Limbaugh has proof of collusion between a prankster on Comedy Central (whose JOB it is to make lame jokes about politicians) and the Democratic Party, I'm sure he'd be more than happy to provide it for all to see, right? I mean, otherwise we'd all have no choice but to call him a big fat liar. Right?

  • alanis permanently damaged general understanding of irony | July 24, 2012 2:04 PM

    Completely non-partisan comment: You (like most people) have a completely ridiculous understanding of irony. Rain on your wedding day, while pretty shitty and unfortunate, is not ironic. Irony does not equal pretty shitty and unfortunate.

  • Jennifer | July 19, 2012 1:32 PMReply

    Perhaps The Playlist could find someone to write about Rush
    who actually listened to what he said and is sophisticated enough
    to understand the difference between satire and commentary.

    The characterization of Rush is false and typical of the emotionally disturbed left
    who literally cannot think above their visceral need to demonize the opposition.

    Christopher Nolan gave the response he did because he
    happens to be one of the few conservatives in Hollywood.

    Further evidence of how clueless The Playlist is.

  • David | July 19, 2012 2:24 PM

    --" Also, what's your source on Nolan's conservatism?"

    The fact that he didn't enter into a left-wing rant against Rush Limbaugh is a good barometer. Leftists can't help themselves, they always rant and whine about those evil conservatives. They're like petulant children. The fact that Nolan held his tongue should answer your question.

  • Zack | July 19, 2012 1:44 PM

    Perhaps Rush Limbaugh and his fans (who, incidentally, are named after the fact that they unquestioningly agree with everything he says) should realize that "getting caught saying stupid shit and wishing they hadn't" is not the same thing as "satire".
    Also, what's your source on Nolan's conservatism? And why would that lead to him giving a response of, in so many words, "Lolwut? That's fucking stupid"?

  • Alex | July 19, 2012 1:40 PM

    Yeah, because it's teh evil libruls who have the "visceral need to demonize the opposition."

  • Glass | July 19, 2012 1:37 PM


  • Paul | July 19, 2012 1:35 PM

    "literally cannot think above a visceral need to demonize the opposition"

    So...just like like Rush Limbaugh then...

  • Zack | July 19, 2012 1:18 PMReply

    In which Christopher Nolan defends making death threats against people for not liking his movie.

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