Donald Trump invoked a number of popular culture references during his inauguration festivities this week, notably copping a line from Batman villain Bane in the 2012 movie “The Dark Knight Rises.”
A number of observers, including Deadspin’s Timothy Burke, via a video posted on TheSlot, noted parallels between Trump’s populist message and the message delivered by Bane after seizing control of Gotham.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Trump offered this message during his speech: “Today’s ceremony, however, has a very special meaning because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people.”
Here’s what Bane told listeners during a speech on the steps of Gotham’s Blackgate Prison: “We take Gotham from the corrupt! The rich! The oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity. And we give it to you, the people.”
Meanwhile, The Washington Post observed this week that Trump appears to have settled on the slogan for his 2020 re-election campaign, which Comicbook.com notes is also the tagline used for 2016’s “The Purge: Election Year.” The simple slogan is “Keep America Great,” and Trump was reportedly taking steps to trademark it — with and without an exclamation point.
“The slogan is a follow-up to his super-viral 2016 campaign slogan of ‘Make America great again,’ and implies he believes that after only four years in office the country will have risen to his standard of ‘great,'” Comicbook.com notes.
Here’s the Bane speech from “The Dark Knight Rises” …