Twitter removed President Donald Trump’s recent 2020 campaign video early Wednesday, after Warner Bros. Pictures said it filed a copyright infringement complaint for “unauthorized” use of music from “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Trump’s tweet, uploaded Tuesday afternoon, includes a two-minute dramatic trailer-like video that uses music from the studio’s 2012 film “The Dark Knight Rises.”
“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 to HuffPost. “We are working through the appropriate legal channels to have it removed.”
The clip shows footage of Democrats and other public figures that Trump has mocked or who have mocked him, including former President Barack Obama, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and comedians Rosie O’Donnell and Amy Schumer.
Before Twitter removed it, the clip had racked up almost 1.8 million views as of Tuesday night. It now reads that “this video has been removed in response to a report from the copyright holder.”
BuzzFeed News first reported news of Warner Bros.’ copyright infringement complaint.
MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! pic.twitter.com/diXWQHuyGj
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 9, 2019
A White House spokesperson did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.
While there is no dialogue in the video itself, dramatic text flashes on the screen in between the footage.
“First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they call you racist,” the text reads. “Your vote proved them all wrong.”
The video ends with Trump’s 2020 campaign logo.
Many on Twitter began calling attention to the fact that the video utilizes Hans Zimmer’s score from the film.
— dom nero (@dominicknero) April 9, 2019
Trump that’s the Batman soundtrack 🤦♀️ https://t.co/BcRYdl7WqV
— Matt Leyrer (@kingmattyice) April 9, 2019
Still, this is not the first time Trump has seemingly been inspired by “Batman.”
During his inauguration speech, some critics pointed out that the president’s remarks resembled those of DC supervillain Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises” after he overtakes the city of Gotham.
How do you say trademark misuse in Dothraki?
— HBO (@HBO) November 2, 2018
This article has been updated to include a statement from Warner Bros. and information about Twitter removing the clip.
Marina Fang contributed reporting.