If you watched Donald Trump's inaugural address on Friday with a nagging desire to check the sky for the bat signal, there's a good reason. One of the most memorable lines from Trump's speech would fit perfectly in Bane's address to the city of Gotham in The Dark Knight Rises.

Remember Bane? The back-breaking Batman villain who nobody could stop impersonating for approximately 30 years after the movie came out?

Via Jezebel's The Slot, here's some more context for the words of each NYC-based politician.


Trump after becoming president:

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 born the cost.

Bane after taking over Gotham:

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. Gotham is yours. None shall interfere. Do as you please. Start by storming Blackgate, and freeing the oppressed!


This is not the first—and won't be the last—time that Trump gets compared to a supervillain, specifically those terrorizing Gotham City. Here's Mark Hamill reading Trump's New Year's tweet in the voice of the Joker.

So who's Batman?