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Carlos Rosario Gonzalez

At around 12:05 PM, then President-elect Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. Like all presidents before, gave a speech in front of thousands of people in Washington D.C. But unlike his predecessors, the President seems to have quoted none other than DC Comics’ Bane from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises during his speech and it didn't take the Internet long to notice.

The President said:

“Today's ceremony, however, has 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. For too long, a small group in our nation's capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth.”

Bane's Speech

Bane (played by Tom Hardy) in The Dark Knight Rises had a very similar line in his speech. He said:

“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 back to you... the people.”

Shortly after President Trump was sworn in, a mashup video of their two speeches began floating through the interwebs and Twitter began pressuring Bane to speak up, since the new President referenced the villain without giving him credit.

President Trump Is A Batman Fan

It’s worth noting that President Trump loves Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises and even reviewed the film himself after watching it in theaters. (Check out his "tremendous," "so great," "huge" review in the above video.)

Regarding the movie, he said:

“I’ll tell you [The Dark Knight Rises] was really terrific, but what was really amazing was the fact that the cinematography, what they did was incredible… the movie is really worthwhile seeing and most importantly, Trump Tower, my building, plays a role.”

Whether you believe President Trump copied Bane in his speech or not, we can all agree it's an interesting moment where the real world and a corner of the DC Universe collided.


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