Trump ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Video Removed After Warner Bros Objection

Political clip included segment of Hans Zimmer’s score

Last Updated: April 9, 2019 @ 11:04 PM

A political video that President Trump shared on Twitter was removed Tuesday night after Warner Bros. objected to its use of music from “The Dark Knight Rises.”

“The use of Warner Bros.’ score from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in the campaign video was unauthorized,” the studio said in a statement provided to TheWrap. “We are working through the appropriate legal channels to have it removed.”

The video was made unavailable on Twitter just under an hour after Warner Bros. issued its statement. A message said it was “disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner.”

The video, tweeted by Trump in the early afternoon along with an all-caps “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN,” contrasted photos of Democrats including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to clips and images of Trump, and things he takes credit for. Along with text — reading “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they call you racist” — the clip included the track “Why Do We Fall” from Hans Zimmer’s “The Dark Knight Rises” score.

It isn’t clear if the video was a campaign ad. According to Buzzfeed, the clip was identical to a YouTube video by an entity calling itself MateyProductions that was also shared on a pro-Trump Reddit page. The video was removed from both sites, and replaced with a message that it was blocked by Warner Bros. on copyright grounds.

Representatives for Zimmer and “The Dark Knight Rises” director Christopher Nolan did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.

Beatrice Verhoeven contributed to this report.