Christopher Nolan’s 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises, the final film in his celebrated trilogy of Batman movies, is about a hero rising from the nadir of absolute defeat to triumphantly reclaim his mantle and protect his people from evildoers. Apparently, President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign team thought that would be a good narrative to pull from. Warner Bros. Pictures did not agree.
Late Tuesday night, the president posted a video on Twitter featuring images of former President Barack Obama and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, alongside images from Trump’s first two years in office. Juxtaposed with the Hans Zimmer score, text read “First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they call you a racist. Donald J. Trump. Your vote. Proved them all wrong.” However, after Warner Bros. complained to Twitter about the “unauthorized” use of the score, the social media platform removed the video.
According to CNN, a Trump campaign aide said the video was made by a supporter and not the campaign itself.
“Sad to see an @ATT owned company pull such a great video made by an every day American in good fun. AT&T now owns @CNN and is positioning themselves as a weapon of the left,” Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted Wednesday, referring to AT&T’s recent acquisition of Time Warner and Warner Bros.
A representative for Warner Bros. did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.
It’s quite a way to celebrate Batman’s 80th birthday. In case any fans are inspired to rewatch Dark Knight Rises after this, Nolan’s film trilogy is currently in the midst of a limited 70mm IMAX theater tour.