Over the years, this iconic superhero characters have been reimagined and reinterpreted many different ways by DC Comics. We’ve seen this character looking camp and deadly serious (or a combination of both!) with some cheesy, camp and serious lines to go with them!
Here is our list of the best Batman movie quotes…
Nolan’s sequel is now widely considered to be one of the best sequels ever made and I have to say I also agree. This has been my favorite Batman movie since its release. The story is sophisticated, brilliantly bleak, filled with rich dialogue and some great performances from all the actors, but of course one can’t go without mentioning Heath Ledger’s crazy and charismatic Joker. Both him and Bale gave outstanding performances. This didn’t just surpass Batman Begins but sets a new standard for which comic-book movies were measured against.
The Joker: You see, in their last moments, people show you who they really are.
Batman: Then why do you want to kill me?
The Joker: [laughs] I don’t, I don’t want to kill you! What would I do without you? Go back to ripping off mob dealers? No, no, no! No. You, you, complete me.
The Joker: I took Gotham’s white knight and I brought him down to our level. It wasn’t hard. You see, madness, as you know, is like gravity. All it takes is a little push!
The Joker: Nobody panics when things go “according to plan.” Even if the plan is horrifying!
Batman: [voice over] Sometimes the truth isn’t good enough. Sometimes, people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded.
2. Batman Begins (2005)
This was Nolan’s birth of Batman with Christian Bale talking on the titular role and in my opinion giving the best version of Batman to date. Nolan pretty much gets everything right in providing a great origin story, with a dark, serious, believable tone, well-written story and some great performances from pretty much all actors involved. This was the reboot that was badly needed for Batman and Nolan was the perfect person to helm this reboot.
[Bruce looks defeated as Wayne Manor is burning down]
Bruce Wayne: What have I done, Alfred? Everything my family, my father built.
Alfred Pennyworth: The Wayne legacy is more than bricks and mortar, sir.
Bruce Wayne: I wanted to save Gotham. I failed.
Alfred Pennyworth: Why do we fall sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.
Bruce Wayne: You still haven’t given up on me?
Alfred Pennyworth: Never.
Bruce Wayne: People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy and I can’t do that as Bruce Wayne. As a man, I’m flesh and blood, I can be ignored, I can be destroyed; but as a symbol, as a symbol I can be incorruptible, I can be everlasting.
Rachel Dawes: Wait! You could die. At least tell me your name.
[Bruce pauses for a moment]
Bruce Wayne: It’s not who I am underneath but what I do that defines me.
Rachel Dawes: Bruce?
Nolan’s final take on his Batman trilogy, and a final if not it not exactly perfect conclusion. What made Nolan’s take on Batman so much better than any of the rest was that it was always grounded in real-world experiences, its strong characters and their underlying emotions and this was all evident in this final movie.
Bruce Wayne: There are always people you care about. You just don’t realize how much until they’re gone.
Blind Prisoner: Fear is why you fail.
Bruce Wayne: No, I’m not afraid. I’m angry.
Bruce Wayne: A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy’s shoulders, to let him know the world hadn’t ended.
Blake: You got to learn to hide the anger, and practice smiling in the mirror. It’s like putting on a mask.
Bane: Speak of the devil and he shall appear.
Bruce Wayne: You’re afraid that if I go back out there, I’ll fail.
Alfred: No. I’m afraid that you want to.
4. Batman (1989)
Tim Burton’s first take on Batman with Michael Keaton as the Dark Knight and Jack Nicholson as the iconic Joker. There is a lot to admire in Burton’s version of Batman, it looks stylish with great production design and some great performances from Keaton and Nicholson. This was the film that originally started off the wave of comic book movie mania even though it looks a little dated now.
Vicki Vale: A lot of people think you’re as dangerous as the Joker.
Batman: He’s psychotic.
Vicki Vale: Some people say the same thing about you.
Batman: What people?
Vicki Vale: Well, I mean, let’s face it. You’re not exactly normal, are you?
Batman: It’s not exactly a normal world, is it?
The Joker: Tell me something, my friend. You ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?
Bruce Wayne: What?
The Joker: I always ask that of all my prey. I just like the sound of it.
The Joker: Never rub another man’s rhubarb.
The Joker: I’ve recently had a tragedy in my life. Alicia threw herself out of the window.
[he lays the mask that Alicia wore on the table]
Vicki Vale: Oh, my God.
The Joker: But, you can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs.
[he breaks the mask and starts laughing]
5. Batman Returns (1992)
Tim Burton’s sequel with Michael Keaton reprising his role as the Caped Crusader with Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman and Danny DeVito as Penguin. This is very much a stylistic, theatrical movie with the lead actors all giving great performances, the chemistry between Keaton and Pfeiffer is great to watch. However, in the end it all feels like too much style over substance.
Batman: Mistletoe can be deadly if you eat it.
Catwoman: A kiss can be even deadlier if you mean it.
Selina Kyle: A kiss under the mistletoe. You know, mistletoe can be deadly if you eat it.
Bruce Wayne: But a kiss can be even deadlier if you mean it.
[there’s a pause as they realize each other’s identities]
Selina Kyle: Oh, my God. Does this mean we have to start fighting?
Bruce Wayne: Let’s go outside.
Selina Kyle: Honey, I’m home. Oh, I forgot. I’m not married.
Selina Kyle: It’s the so-called “normal” guys that always let you down. Sickos never scare me. At least they’re committed.
Great followup from the success of the Lego Movie, with Batman getting his own treatment here. The story follows Batman wanting to save Gotham City from the Joker’s hostile takeover. However, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing and try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
Robin: My name’s Richard Grayson, but all the kids at the orphanage call me Dick.
Batman: Well, children can be cruel.
Despite all the negative critic reviews I personally found this to be okay. It has some great parts and some really bad parts and, yes, it did suffer from pacing issues, but in the end I enjoyed it for what it was.
Bruce Wayne: We’re criminals, Alfred. We’ve always been criminals. Nothing’s changed.
Alfred: Oh, yes it has, sir. Everything’s changed. Men fall from the sky, the gods hurl thunderbolts, innocents die. That’s how it starts, sir. The fever, the rage, the feeling of powerlessness that turns good men cruel.
Bruce Wayne: I bet your parents taught you that you mean something, that you’re here for a reason. My parents taught me a different lesson, dying in the gutter for no reason at all. They taught me the world only makes sense if you force it to.
Diana Prince: A hundred years ago I walked away from mankind; from a century of horrors. Men made a world where standing together is impossible.
Bruce Wayne: Men are still good. We fight, we kill, we betray one another, but we can rebuild. We can do better. We will. We have to.
The story is centered on Batman enlisting the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, where they work quickly to find and recruit a team of meta-humans to stand against this newly awakened threat. Most of the goodness that could be found here was just taken over by the mess that was made with Superman.
Barry Allen: What are your super powers again?
Bruce Wayne: I’m rich.
9. Batman Forever (1995)
Joel Schumacher’s first Batman movie and in my opinion it should have stopped here. Val Kilmer donned the cowl and cape here with Chris O’Donnell’s first outing as Robin and to round it off we got Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Carrey as Two-Face and Riddler and Batman’s love interest is Nicole Kidman as Dr. Chase Meridian. Sadly this is just another Batman movie with goofy dialogue and ridiculous cartoonish characters. It’s vaguely entertaining with the only bright spot being Jim Carrey as nothing else here works.
The Riddler: Riddle me this, riddle me that, who’s afraid of the big, black bat?
The Riddler: Did anyone ever tell you you have a serious impulse control problem?!
Val Kilmer: Wait I have a riddle for you.
The Riddler: For me? Really? Tell me.
Val Kilmer: I see without seeing. To me, darkness is as clear as daylight. What am I?
The Riddler: Oh, please. You’re blind as a bat!
Val Kilmer: Exactly!
[referring to Claw Island]
Robin: Holey rusted metal, Batman!
Robin: The ground, it’s all metal. It’s full of holes. You know, holey.
Joel Schumacher’s final Batman movie where we got George Clooney and Chris O’Donnell playing Batman and Robin, and we were also given Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl, why? No one knows as she certainly added nothing here. We also get the icing on the cake with Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze and Uma Thurman as Ivy Poison. All I can say is, oh, dear. This is just the worst. Nobody in this movie comes off well, not one single character! Everything about it, the story, the characters are just ludicrous and it’s a pretty hard movie to sit through. Trying to find a decent dialogue was difficult as it’s all so corny and campy, but here we go.
[after seeing the Batmobile]
Robin: I want a car, chicks dig the car.
Batman: This is why Superman works alone.
Mr. Freeze: Allow me to break the ice. My name is Freeze. Learn it well. For it’s the chilling sound of your doom.
Alfred: There is no defeat in death, Master Bruce. Victory comes in defending what we know is right while we still live.
Ivy: There’s just something about an anatomically correct rubber suit that puts fire in a girl’s lips.
Batman: Why is it that all the beautiful ones are homicidal maniacs? Is it me?
11. Batman: The Movie (1966)
with Adam West and Burt Ward taking on the legendary roles of Batman Robin, this is by far the campiest of the Batman movies ever created filled with the cheesiest, campest, most ridiculous dialogue imaginable. You can’t really compare it to any of the Batman movies and only included here for its nostalgic factor. Here are some of the best of the cheesy lines we could find.
Batman: Some days, you just can’t get rid of a bomb.
Robin: You risked your life to save that riff raff in the bar!
Batman: They may be drinkers, Robin, but they’re still human beings.
Robin: Gosh, drinking’s sure a filthy thing isn’t it? I’d rather be dead than unable to trust my own eyes.
Robin: Holy Halucination!
Batman: I wish it were Robin, but it’s not, it’s five dehydrated pirates, rehydrated!