President Trump is known for his frivolous, frantic, and frequent tweeting and with all those chirps every few hours, it’s hard to know if anyone is actually keeping up. But on Tuesday, after Trump posted a video that seemed to be a part of his 2020 presidential campaign featuring music from The Dark Knight Rises, over 1 million people paid attention in less than three hours. Unfortunately for him, Warner Bros. Pictures was also paying attention and they were NOT having it.
Warner Bros. Pictures filed a copyright infringement and had the video taken down because of its use of part of the musical score from its popular 2012 Batman film The Dark Knight Rises. Warner Bros. released a statement on Tuesday night about the situation.
“The use of Warner Bros.’ score from The Dark Knight Rises in the campaign video was unauthorized… We are working through the appropriate legal channels to have it removed.”Warner Bros. spokesperson
If you visited Trump’s page on Tuesday night you wouldn’t find the tweet or the video, only a message saying it was no longer available “in response to a report by the copyright owner.”
The video, two-minutes in length, features quick shots of some of today’s most famous democrats- politicians like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton but also celebrities like Amy Schumer and Rosie O’Donnell. Then it flits to pictures perhaps trying to flaunt Trump’s importance- in meetings with Kim Jong Un and Brazil president Jarir Bolsonaro.
Almost as soon as Trump posted the video to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, people started noting that the music was from the famous Hans Zimmer score to the Batman film and the track was soon identified as “Why Do We Fall”. Text comes to the screen saying “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they call you racist.” just as Trump is dramatically pounding his fist into the air.
.@HansZimmer are you aware that Trump is using your composition from The Dark Knight as soundtrack for his hate-mongering presidential movie trailers? cc: @warnerbrosr https://t.co/5Vohm0iFKF— dom nero (@dominicknero) April 9, 2019
The White House has not responded to the incident.