No, we’re not kidding; Rush Limbaugh has labelled The Dark Knight Rises an ‘Anti-Romney Conspiracy’, and appears to be serious. Those of you who pay attention to the Batman movies may have noticed the asset management firm once run by Mitt Romney is similar the name of the villain in The Dark Knight Rises. Has this really caused controversy – and will anyone take it seriously? Read on for more.

For those of you who haven’t made the connection yet, it’s not the same name – Romney’s former company is called Bain, whereas Tom Hardy‘s Batman character is called Bane – but the fact that they are similar has led to many silly jokes and photoshops floating around the internet for a while now, none of which have really been taken seriously… until now.

On his show yesterday, (via Media Matters) Limbaugh attempted to inform his viewers of the left-wing conspiracy that is The Dark Knight Rises, and how this “vicious, fire-breathing, four-eyed, whatever-it-is villain” is an attempt to bring down Mitt Romney… again, we’re serious. You can view the clip:

For Limbaugh to actually believe this is true, he would have to have little to no understanding of the way Hollywood and comics work, seeing as Bane was created in 1993 by Chuck Dixon, Doug Moench and Graham Nolan. Meaning an attack on Romney would have had to have been planned almost 20 years ago.

The film opens this weekend, and is a hot topic at the moment. Whichever way you look at it, it seems inescapable that Limbaugh seems to be manipulating the subject of The Dark Knight Rises to get attention for himself, and some of his loyal followers may even believe Christopher Nolan is using his movie as an anti-Romney tool.

In the past, people have brought up the political undertones in The Dark Knight, and how some read it as a pro-Bush narrative (“He’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one we need right now”) in how it addressed modern terrorism.

Will The Dark Knight Rises have any political implications? Well, possibly, but certainly not the ones that Limbaugh has suggested. Read our report on the world premiere in New York City.

Do you think Limbaugh got the kind of attention he was looking for?