Warner Bros. Goes After Trump White House Over Use of Dark Knight Rises Score in Campaign Ad
Warner Bros. Pictures is set to file a copyright infringement suit against the White House following a President Donald Trump 2020 campaign video that uses music from The Dark Knight Rises score.
As reported by Variety, the video was posted on Trump’s Twitter account and, using Dark Knight Rises font, says “First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they call you a racist. Donald J. Trump. Your vote. Proved them all wrong. Trump: The Great Victory. 2020.”
Over the entire video is Hans Zimmer’s “Why Do We Fall?” from 2012’s Dark Knight Rises, and it caused Warner Bros. to demand that Trump remove the video from Twitter.
“The use of Warner Bros.’ score from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in the campaign video was unauthorized,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement. “We are working through the appropriate legal channels to have it removed.”
As of this writing, it appears the demand was heard as the video has been taken down.
The video took shots at Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Amy Schumer, Rosie O’Donnell and others in in attempt to secure the votes of Americans in the upcoming election.
This isn’t the first time Trump has used pop culture for his own gain as president, as he channeled Game of Thrones when he posted a “Sanctions Are Coming” poster that was clearly a nod to the famous quote – “Winter is Coming” – from the HBO series that will be airing the first episode of its final season this Sunday.
This also isn’t the first time Trump has been linked to Batman. In 2011, Christian Bale claimed that Trump invited him to Trump Tower while filming none other than Dark Knight Rises, and Trump apparently thought Bale was actually Bruce Wayne.
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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN who still can’t get over how amazing The Dark Knight is. You can follow him on twitter @AdamBankhurst.
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