Warner Bros takes legal action against Trump over Batman music

President’s campaign video featured Hans Zimmer music from The Dark Knight Rises

Donald Trump at the White House
 Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday. Photograph: Greg E Mathieson Sr/MAI/Rex/Shutterstock

Warner Bros has launched legal action against Donald Trump after he used music from The Dark Knight Rises in a tweet.

The US president posted a two-minute video for his 2020 re-election campaign that featured Hans Zimmer’s Why Do We Fall? from the 2012 film. It also featured the film’s title cards.

The tweet was still available following Warner Bros’ decision to take legal action, but the video had been replaced by a message stating: “This video has been removed in response to a report from the copyright holder.”

Trump had captioned it: “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

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

Trump has previously used pop culture references to promote his presidency. During heightened tensions with Iran, he used a Game Of Thrones-style poster bearing the slogan “sanctions are coming”, a reference to the phrase “winter is coming” from the series.

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The president is also no stranger to artists asking him to stop using their music. Prince, Pharrell Williams and the Rolling Stones have all taken issue with the president playing their songs at campaign rallies.

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