President Trump tweeted a bizarre cinematic 2020 campaign video yesterday featuring the track “Why We Fall Down” from Hans Zimmer’s score for the Christopher Nolan Batman movie Dark Knight Rises. Warner Brothers, who owns the rights to the music, told Buzzfeed News they were “working through the appropriate legal channels to have it removed.”
Now the tweet has been deleted. According to Think Progress, the video was originally made by pro-Trump YouTuber “MateyProductions” and it’s unclear how the president or his social media team came across it.
The Batman theme in the video reminded some people of Trump’s inauguration speech, which was eerily similar to a monologue delivered by the Batman villain Bain after he takes over Gotham City in Dark Knight Rises.
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 20, 2017
It’s not the first time a Trump-tweeted video has been removed for intellectual property rights violations. Earlier this year, a trolly video by a MAGA meme account that earned a Trump retweet was removed by Twitter. The video included shots of Democrats reacting (or not reacting) to Trump’s State of the Union address set to R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts.” After the video was removed, Trump posted another video with “God Bless The U.S.A.” by Trump-friendly Lee Greenwood, although that was also removed.
Trump has also been criticized by HBO for using a play on the Game of Thrones tagline “winter is coming” to announce sanctions.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2018
How do you say trademark misuse in Dothraki?
— HBO (@HBO) November 2, 2018