Batman is one of the most popular superheroes of all time, trailing only his DC rival hero, Superman, and Marvel’s Spider-Man. Despite not having superpowers, Bruce Wayne separates himself as one of the best, mainly because he is such a brilliant mind.
Get the popcorn, and get ready, because I’m bringing you the ultimate Batman badassery. Here’s a list of the 100 most iconic Batman quotes that summarize the awesomeness of the Dark Knight.
Best Batman Quotes From The Comics
“Batman punches people in the face.”
Do you know how all these superheroes have these amazing superpowers, like laser eyes or mind control, and stuff like that? Well, do you know what Batman does? He punches people in the face. And, truth be told, that’s all he needs.
“Criminals, by nature, are a cowardly and superstitious lot.”
This quote is epic, and when you think about it, it actually explains why Batman’s way of operating works. He strikes fear into criminals and then lets word of mouth spread that fear among others. If he makes them believe he was the devil himself, he succeeds.
“Without warning, it comes…crashing through the window of your study, and mine…I have seen it before…somewhere. It frightened me as a boy… frightened me. Yes, father. I shall become a bat.”
This quote from Bruce Wayne describes how and why he chose to become Batman. Bats scared him – but he wanted to beat that fear. So, Bruce embraced it completely and decided to use it to strike fear into others.
“I wear a mask. And that mask, it’s not to hide who I am, but to create what I am.”
Just another awesome quote from Bruce Wayne, describing that he doesn’t wear the mask to hide his identity but to create a new one – an icon that will strike fear into every criminal before even thinking about committing a crime.
“Ladies. Gentlemen. You have eaten well. You’ve eaten Gotham’s Wealth… its spirit. Your feast is nearly over. From this moment on… none of you are safe.”
This awesome quote came from Batman: Year One, which delved into the beginning of the masked vigilante. This quote is everything about Batman – fear, intimidation, determination. After Batman is here, you’re as good as gone. With time, he became more than a masked guy. Batman became a legend.
“I’m still here.”
In one of Tom King’s Batman storylines, Bane returns to Gotham City to wreak havoc once again. Throughout his terror come speeches that Bruce has been listening to for years and years since becoming Batman. He doesn’t delve into arguments – Batman simply leaves a note, “I’m still here.” It simply lets you know that no matter what you throw at him – Batman prevails.
“I’m the goddamn Batman.”
I’ve decided to use this quote to show how even a quote from an unpopular storyline can remain etched into the character’s history. In the All-Star Batman and Robin storyline, Bruce Wayne is an alternate, insane version of himself, with very little tact and very much aggression.
I didn’t particularly like the entire quote, where Batman delves into a verbal assault that kind of crosses boundaries of good taste, but that doesn’t take away from the awesomeness of the “goddamn Batman” line.
“Maybe that’s what Batman is about. Not winning. But failing and getting back up. Knowing he’ll fail. Fail a thousand times, but still won’t give up.”
This phenomenal quote was repeated later in various adaptations of the character, but it first came during the Zero Year storyline in the New 52 era. Bruce acknowledges that he’s just a human and that it’s a human thing to fail. However, he never gives up and realizes that Batman is all about never giving up.
“You can never escape me. Bullets don’t harm me. Nothing harms me. But I know pain. I KNOW pain. Sometimes I share it. With someone like you.”
As we already established, fear ad intimidation is Batman’s way of operating. This quote came from Batman: Year One, where he used the intimidation factor to force corrupted cops to turn themselves in. It worked like a charm. I mean, if Batman tells you to better turn yourself in, wouldn’t you do it?
“No miracles. No mercy. No redemption. No Heaven. No Hell. No higher power. Just life. Just… us.”
This quote from Batman: Absolution is one of the deepest quotes he ever gave. Here, he simply wants to leave everything behind, and just live. The entire storyline from J.M. DeMatteis has a unique vibe, very worth reading to get a new perspective on Bruce Wayne and the Dark Knight.
“If I do that – if I allow myself to go down into that place… I’ll never come back.”
There’s a lot of talk about why Batman operates the way he does and why he restricts himself from killing, even if the villain “deserves” it. In the Batman: Under The Red Hood storyline, a masked crusader turns out to be Batman’s former assistant, who’s asking about why the Joker is still alive.
Batman answers with this awesome quote, showing us exactly why Batman doesn’t kill – he has so much darkness in him that he knows if he goes down that road, he will never recover.
“All men have limits. They learn what they are and learn not to exceed them. I ignore mine.”
This quote came during the Knightfall storyline, where Batman continued to push his boundaries. Unfortunately, it was before Bane eventually broke his back. Still, it took some time, but Batman still returned to defeat the Goliath once and for all.
“People think it’s an obsession. A compulsion. As if there were an irresistible impulse to act. It’s never been like that. I chose this life. I know what I’m doing.”
I loved this quote so much, despite not being the biggest fan of the Identity Crisis storyline. However, the quote was simply iconic, revealing Bruce Wayne’s true personality. He isn’t forced or driven by a compulsion – Batman chooses the life of a vigilante to help. That’s it.
“I want you to remember, Clark. In all the years to come, in your most private moments, I want you to remember, my hand, at your throat, I want you to remember, the one man who beat you.”
Batman is only human – and still, he can beat almost anybody. This quote came from the graphic novel by Frank Miller called “The Dark Knight Returns.” Wayne is older, angrier, and violent. He battles Superman himself, using intelligence and Kryptonite to take down Clark Kent. In case you didn’t know, Batman is a badass.
“To instill fear into their hearts, I became a bat. A monster in the night.”
In Batman: Hush, Bruce Wayne explains why he does what he does. He needs brutality to instill fear into criminals. The entire storyline was awesome and inspired some amazing DC projects, such as the Batman: Hush animated movie.
“I have one power. I never give up.”
That’s the biggest truth Batman ever said. We’ve heard and seen versions of this quote throughout the character’s history, but it’s a simple fact that makes Batman such an awesome, beloved character – no matter the odds, the Dark Knight never gives up.
“Never start with the head; the victim gets all fuzzy. He can’t feel the next.”
This quote shows how dark and violent Batman can be. When you want to strike fear into your enemies, don’t start with hitting them over the head. If you want them to feel the pain, you don’t want them to be knocked out and not feel it. I guess.
Best Batman Quotes From The Movies & TV Shows
“I’m not going to kill you. I want you to do me a favor. I want you to tell all your friends about me.”
Batman doesn’t kill unless he absolutely has to. This quote from Michael Keaton’s Batman perfectly sums up how he operates. He strikes fear into the bones. He wants everybody to know he’s there and that he’s coming for you if you’re a criminal.
“You wanna get nuts? Come on! Let’s get nuts!”
Tell me you don’t remember this quote from Batman. It was badass and hilarious at the same time. The chemistry between Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson was unforgettable, and it’s still one of the fan-favorite Batman movies. It made me laugh so hard as a kid when Batman says, “let’s get nuts.” I’m embarrassed that I still find it funny as an adult.
“You’re a real nice girl, and I like you a lot, but right now—shut up!”
Another reason why I loved Tim Burton’s Batman is that he didn’t take crap from anybody. This quote perfectly sums up Keaton’s portrayal of Batman. He was just the right amount of snarky to fit Bruce Wayne’s personality.
“Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?”
This is something that the Joker asks all of his enemies, simply because, as he says, he “likes the sound of it.”
Well, at one point later in the movie, Vicki Vale distracts the Joker, so when Batman surprises him with a punch, he asks the Joker the same question. I found it funny as heck.
“It’s not exactly a normal world, is it?
Vicki Vale and Batman talk, and she states how many people see him as dangerous as the Joker. He asks what people, to which she replies: “Well, I mean, let’s face it. You’re not exactly normal, are you?” But then, Batman has this epic comeback that can’t be more true. We’re living in a crazy world, aren’t we?
“Alfred’s a great one. I Couldn’t find my socks without him.”
With everything Batman does, it’s incredible to see him appreciate everything Alfred does for him. The Dark Knight would never leave the cave if there weren’t for Alfred to make him a snack and do the laundry.
“I made you. You made me first.”
When Jack Napier, aka the Joker, was still a young crook, he was directly responsible for killing Bruce’s parents. However, Batman also played a huge role in turning Jack into Joker. He was the one to throw Napier into the chemicals, making him become the monster he is today. They are each other’s destinies.
Batman Returns (1992)
“Mistletoe can be deadly if you eat it.”
This was an awesome quote from Batman pointed at the Catwoman, who was crouching over him. She responds with: “But a kiss can be even deadlier if you mean it. You’re the second man who killed me this week, but I’ve got seven lives left.” Their on-again, off-again relationship was quite remarkably presented, if you ask me.
“But a kiss can be even deadlier… if you mean it.”
No, I’m not repeating the same quote. The first conversation was between Catwoman and Batman. This one was between Selina Kyle and Bruce Wayne. She mentioned how mistletoe could be deadly if you eat it, to which he responds with the quote above. It was an epic way to have them realize each other’s identities.
“Eat floor. High fiber.”
I found this quote quite hilarious for some reason, but it totally goes great with Bruce Wayne’s personality throughout the Keaton/Burton run. Catwoman says how she hadn’t been fed all day, to which Batman responds with this quote, tossing her face-first onto the floor.
“The point is, Max, Gotham City has a power surplus. I’m sure you know that. My question is: what’s your angle?”
Although it might not seem like it at first, I’d say that Max Shreck is actually the primary villain of the movie. Bruce Wayne can see right through him, though, as shown with this epic quote.
I found this little quote hilarious because, as much of a hero Bruce Wayne might be, he can also be such a little baby. When Alfred gives him a bowl of soup, Bruce tries it and then spits it out, screaming that it’s cold. Alfred explains that it’s supposed to be cold, but Wayne doesn’t look too enthusiastic about it.
“Shut up. You’re going to jail.”
Catwoman was just about to kill Max Shreck and end things once and for all. However, Batman shows his true nature again by choosing to save him instead of letting Selina kill him right there on the spot. It leads to him getting shot and Catwoman suffering at least four bullets. Bet hey, at least his conscience is clean.
“Listen, I’m sorry about yesterday, but I had… a pretty big deal… come… through… fall through, actually.”
This was a conversation with Selina. I guess that as good as Bruce Wayne is with criminals, he’s just as bad with women.
Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995)
“Yes. It’s the law.”
Batman from the animated series was epic. I loved this quote so much when he pointed it towards Catwoman. She says: ”You’ve got to admit there’s something between us,” to which he responds with the quote – it’s the law.
“Last time we met, you tried to throw me off a building.”
This quote was awesome, but it depicted the Joker in the series more than Bruce Wayne. After Bruce said it, the Joker answers, saying how “that was so long ago.” Batman responds: “That was last month.” It makes me giggle every time; the way the Joker just toys with him during their every exchange.
“I am vengeance. I am the night. I AM BATMAN.”
We’ve heard numerous interpretations and versions of this quote, from the comics to the movies, but this one – from Batman: The Animated Series – remained the most iconic of the bunch. It just went perfectly with the show’s vibe. You know what? I might just rewatch the series again.
“Before he came to the States, Alfred did some work as an attache in the British Security Services. More desk jobs than fieldwork, but he acquired quite a reputation for defusing diplomatically dangerous situations in high-security areas.”
This quote came in the final episode of the series. We finally learn more about Alfred directly from Bruce, as he speaks to Robin about going to London to find him.
“We’re on the same side, but we’re not the same. I’ll help you find out who’s after you, but you’ve got to collar them clean.”
Detective Harvey Bullock is clean, but his methods tend to “bend” the rules quite often. Batman decides to help him, but only if they do it by the book.
“Wrong answer… Take two.”
In the episode A Bullet for Bullock, Batman takes Rosie and interrogates him about Vinnie the Shark. When Rosie states that Vinnie isn’t his contact anymore, Bruce literally throws him off the roof, and just as the impact was about to obliterate the guy, Batman pulls him back up with his grappling gun. It that doesn’t make you talk – nothing will!
“Don’t be a fool. This whole place is going under.”
In the Season 3 finale, called Deep Freeze, we learn that Mr. Freeze isn’t such a bad guy as we thought – Grant Walker was behind most of the undoings. Batman sees it, too, and wants to help Mr. Freeze escape a compound where his wife’s frozen body remains. Freeze refuses, staying there to die with his wife and end his suffering once and for all.
It was a heartbreaking sequence, but I loved how rightful and understanding Bruce was towards his nemesis. It showed character and a moral code that can never be blemished.
“You’ve hit a new low, Joker. Only you would ruin three lives for a silly piece of tin.”
One of my favorite episodes of the series was Make ‘Em Laugh, where Batman investigates why comedians started to commit unmotivated, heinous crimes all over Gotham City. As it turns out, it was his old nemesis, Joker, all along.
“I know what it’s like to try to rebuild a life.”
In Season 3, Episode 6, Harley Quinn gets out of jail but gets right back into trouble on her first that out. This time, she didn’t do it on purpose. Batman feels for her and wants to help, so he delivers this awesome quote before giving her the dress she was trying to buy that led to her getting into trouble.
“The ultimate warrior. A chemical plan to create supersoldiers out of hardened prisoners. It was abandoned when they got more than they bargained for… They got Bane. After he escaped, Bane went into business for himself as a freelance assassin. Price per job: $5 million. So the question is, who wants to eliminate me?”
Bane was the only guy to ever escape Pina Doro Prison in Cuba, where experiments led to him becoming the monster we all know. Season three of the animated series starts with this episode where Bruce explains more about his background to us.
“Whatever. You’ve gotta go through with it. It’s their game and their rules.”
The episode Trial in Season 2 was as twisted as they get. The prisoners of Arkham Asylum took over and imprisoned Batman, taking him to a mock trial where the Joker was the Judge. A District Attorney that usually hates Batman is forced to defend him, and the entire episode turned out to be one of the best moments in the entire series.
“Hope you’re still laughing when it’s your turn.”
In the episode Harlequinade, Bruce asks Harley Quinn what’s with her infatuation with the Joker, to which she answers that him hurting people is “just a joke” and that he was the first to listen to her problems instead of having it the other way around. That’s when Batman delivers this epic quote, showing her that she just might be wrong.
“I’m just the night shift. You have to deal with this mess twenty-four hours a day.”
This was an awesome quote in the Joker’s Favor, where Batman talked to commissioner James Gordon. He shows appreciation for everything the regular guys are doing. Sure, he’s deemed the hero, but they deserve just as much credit.
“Justice will be served, Joker.”
Throughout the entire episode, called The Last Laugh, we see how difficult it is to make Batman laugh. That’s because he has an urge for justice, and until he gets it, he’s not in the mood for jokes. Not even when Alfred drops a gem by saying he drew Bruce a bath and then literally gives him a bath drawn on a piece of paper.
“Normal criminals usually have logical motives, but the Joker’s insane schemes make sense to him alone.”
This is the perfect quote to try and understand how the Joker operates. He has no motive or apparent reasoning behind his actions. He just wants to see chaos. Nobody can understand what he’s up to but the Joker himself.
“Get ready for your next disappearing act, Ventrix – one where nobody sees you for ten to twenty years!”
In the See No Evil episode, a small-time crook, Ventrix, steals an invisibility cloak and uses it to cause chaos over Gotham, including trying to steal his daughter away from his ex-wife. The quote that Batman delivers is just perfect, referring to Ventrix going to jail for a long, long time.
Batman Forever (1995)
“We all wear masks.”
Although Batman Forever was not the best Batman movie ever made, this quote was as epic as any other. Bruce Wayne states that you don’t have to be in a costume to wear a mask. We all wear one – never revealing our true selves. We hide behind the image we create of ourselves. Some, like himself, simply do it in a more literal way.
“I don’t blend in at a family picnic.”
This quote came during Batman’s conversation with Dr. Chase Meridian. She tries seducing him, but he gives her this cold take on the matter, saying he just doesn’t fit the bill. Still, she doesn’t give up and keeps hitting on him. Apart from the quote, I didn’t particularly like the chemistry between them.
“I see without seeing. To me, darkness is as clear as daylight. What am I?”
The Riddler loves the “Riddle me this” game. However, Batman has some riddles of his own. Can you riddle me this? What is he?
“The Bat-signal is not a beeper.”
Dr. Chase Meridian called Batman with the Bat-signal, which made him think it was an emergency. As it turned out, she just wanted to spend some alone time with him. He gave her this funny response, being all serious about his Bat-signal.
“Mr. E. Nygma. Edward Nygma. Stickley’s suicide was obviously a computer-generated forgery.”
The Riddler sent a series of riddles to Bruce, and he successfully solved them in the end, realizing that Stickley’s suicide was no suicide at all.
“Then it will happen this way: You make the kill, but your pain doesn’t die with Harvey; it grows. So you run out into the night to find another face, and another, and another, until one terrible morning you wake up and realize that revenge has become your whole life. And you won’t know why.”
Dick Grayson wants Two-Face dead. However, Bruce Wayne helps him not to go down that road because he know how much worse it can make things. He’s speaking from experience.
Batman & Robin (1997)
“She wants to kill you, Dick.”
I can’t think of a worse Batman film than Batman & Robin, but at least it had some funny moments. Everything was so literal and robotic, like this quote from Bruce Wayne about Poison Ivy. I mean, Clooney wasn’t that bad, but the writing was just too poor and did his Batman no good.
“Never leave the cave without it!”
You’d think that Batman is referring to his mask, or weapons, or the Batmobile, or whatever. However, he was actually referring to – his credit card. Like, Batman always needs it with him. You know, in case he gets hungry and wants to stop to get a bite somewhere.
“This is why Superman works alone.”
When Batman and Robin team up, Robin is still a kid, and Bruce has no time or will to deal with that. So, when Robin says he wants a car because “chicks dig the car,” Bruce delivers this epic quote to show just how irritated he is at the moment.
“Yes, it’s my rules. *My* rules to keep us alive, and if you want to stay in this house and on this team, you will abide by them!”
Batman and Robin are partners. However, Bruce was – and is – always protective of his young protege. When the two got into an argument about a job, Batman put Robin in his place and told him that kind of behavior just isn’t going to work.
“Well, he’s over-eager. He’s impulsive. I can’t trust him not to get hurt.”
When you read this quote out of context, it might seem that Bruce Wayne is simply not fond of Robin. However, on the contrary, he loves Robin and just wants to protect him, which is why he gets mad at him so much. Well, Alfred explains to Bruce that it’s a matter of trust, which Bruce lacks, because, despite all of his talents, he’s “still a novice in the ways of family.”
“Vengeance isn’t power. Anyone can take a life. But to give life… that’s true power.”
Batman & Robin is a bad movie. However, this quote is everything great about Batman and what makes him such a beloved hero. At first, he wanted nothing but revenge. However, he realized that true power doesn’t come from acting at the behest of your anger, but instead, choosing not to act on it and spare a life.
Batman Begins (2005)
This simple quote is the most iconic quote the Dark Knight ever gave. It became a pop-cultural reference that put Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne right at the top of the list for Batman fans. You can almost hear the deep, raspy voice saying it when you read it.
“It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.”
Bruce Wayne hides his identity mostly because of this belief. Of course, being a billionaire helps him be the Batman, but that’s not what defines the Dark Knight. His actions speak for who he is, not his name.
“As a man; I am flesh and blood; I can be ignored, I can be destroyed. But as a symbol, I can be incorruptible. I can be everlasting.”
Bruce Wayne is a man, like any other man. Well, probably with more money and training than most, but still, he is flesh and blood. He can die. However, as Batman, the Dark Knight will live for as long as the legend of him lives on.
“And you’ll never have to.”
I loved this quote from Bruce Wayne, showing what a good guy he is. When Commissioner Gordon says, “I never said thank you…”, Bruce quickly dismisses it with the quote above, stating he didn’t ask for him to thank him. Batman does what he does not for the appreciation but simply for the good of Gotham City and the world.
“Should I just bury the past out there with my parents, Alfred?”
Batman is divided between doing the right thing and wanting revenge for the death of his parents and everything that happened to him. However, Alfred gives him an even better response, saying that he can’t tell Bruce what to do with the past but that he should know there are still people that care about what he does with his future.
“People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy, and I can’t do that as Bruce Wayne.”
Bruce reflected on what it meant for him to be Batman. He knows that a regular man can’t make real, deep changes in people’s mindsets. They need a symbol, a beacon of hope, and he knows that Bruce Wayne could never be that, no matter how influential he is. But, Batman can be that symbol – a symbol that lives forever.
“Bats frighten me. It’s time my enemies shared my dread.”
Many people don’t know that Bruce Wayne chose to be Batman not because he loved bats – but because he hated them. Wayne feared bats ever since the night when he lost his parents. So, he chose to become Batman to face his fears and conquer them instead of hiding or running away from them.
“Rachel, all- all this, it- it’s not me, inside, I am, I am more.”
Near the beginning of the movie, Bruce Wayne is a playboy swimming in hot tubs with hot models. And then, he meets Rachel Dawes, his old fling he hadn’t seen in years. Bruce wants to prove to her that he’s not just a playboy, but she explains that it’s his actions that define him, not “what’s underneath.”
“Look, I’d rather Mr. Earle didn’t know about me borrowing…”
Bruce Wayne goes to Lucius Fox for the first time, looking for a strong, bulletproof suit. He says he needs it for… cave diving, to which Fox asks if he intends to run into gunfire down there. That’s when they realize they’re on the same page; Wayne delivers this quote, to which Fox answers: “Mr. Wayne, the way I see it, all this stuff is yours anyway.”
“I won’t kill you, but I don’t have to save you.”
Batman has a strict no-kill policy. That’s why his most common enemies survived for so long, including the Joker, Scarecrow, and others. However, if you push him to the edge, he won’t try and save your life and jeopardize his. That’s exactly what he does with Ra’s al Ghul, leaving him to die in a trainwreck.
“I’ll be standing where I belong. Between you and the people of Gotham.”
Ra’s al Ghul was Bruce Wayne’s teacher, and he tells Bruce: “You were my greatest student. It should be you standing by my side, saving the world.” Bruce shows true character and righteousness, answering with this epic quote to let al Ghul know he’ll never be on his side.
“Someone like you. Someone who’ll rattle the cages.”
Bruce Wayne knows Rachel Dawes, but she doesn’t know he’s the Batman. After their first masked encounter, Dawes asks him who he is, to which Batman answers with this epic quote, giving her some photos as “leverage” to “get things moving” against Judge Faden and Falcone.
“What have I done, Alfred? Everything my family, my father, built.”
As the Wayne mansion burns to dust, Bruce despairs. He feels like he destroyed the entire Wayne family legacy, to which Alfred gives the best possible response he couldn’ve given: “The Wayne legacy is more than bricks and mortar, sir.”
“What if I do, Rachel? My parents deserved justice.”
Bruce Wayne had some dark moments in this movie, and so was this one. Rachel answers that he’s not really talking about justice but revenge. He adds, “sometimes, they’re the same.” He’s angry and can’t tell what’s right because of his own pain and rage. Luckily, Rachel is there to slap him out of it.
The Dark Knight (2008)
“Sometimes, the truth isn’t good enough. Sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded.”
This was a bold, awesome quote from Bruce Wayne. We all get hung on the truth, believing that’s all we need to have closure. But sometimes, that’s not enough. Sometimes, you deserve more than just knowing.
“This city just showed you that it’s full of people ready to believe in good.”
I loved this quote from Batman because it felt like Bruce realized that what he does is working. His true motive is to inspire people to believe good exists and change Gotham city collectively. He sees the spark of hope, and it’s such a fulfilling moment for him and for us as fans.
“Maybe that’s what Batman is about. Not winning…but failing, and getting back up. Knowing he’ll fail, fail a thousand times, but still won’t give up.”
When you compare Batman to some other superheroes, you might think: what is he even doing here? He’s just a man with no superpowers, hiding behind a mask. He can’t beat tougher opponents – and yet, time and time again, he conquers. That’s what being Batman is about. Bruce knows he can’t win every fight – but he can get up and try again until he eventually wins.
“What were you trying to prove? That deep down, everyone’s as ugly as you? You’re alone!”
There were moments throughout the film where the Joker managed to shake Bruce Wayne and his faith in the cause he’s fighting for. However, in the end, Bruce destroys the Joker, along with delivering this epic quote.
“I’m whatever Gotham needs me to be.”
Bruce Wayne is willing to sacrifice, change, and adapt. Whatever Gotham needs – be it a rich, influential Bruce Wayne or the caped vigilante Batman – he’s ready to help. I loved this quote because it shows how dedicated and unselfish he is.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
“The world only makes sense if you force it to.”
This is a deep but honest quote from Bruce Wayne that perfectly sums up the world, society, and how everything works. If you sit down and think deeply, nothing we do makes sense. Yet, we choose to make sense out of it because it’s the easy way out.
“A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a little boy’s shoulders to let him know that the world hadn’t ended.”
This epic quote from The Dark Knight Rises once again shows what Batman is all about. The thing is, it’s not about the person behind the mask. It’s about the symbol and the meaning that Batman has. It’s irrelevant who you are. You can be a hero to somebody with every act of kindness or encouragement.
“You’re afraid that if I go back out there I’ll fail.”
Alfred and Bruce talk about Bruce’s wish to put on the Batman suit again, to which Alfred states: “This city needs Bruce Wayne, your resources, your knowledge. It doesn’t need your body, or your life. That time has passed.” Bruce disagrees, saying Alfred is just scared for him failing, to which he answers: “No. I’m afraid that you want to.”
“If this man is everything that you say he is, then this city needs me.”
Batman has been retired for a while. However, after a new threat emerged, Bruce knew he had to get back out there. Even if he’s out of shape, Wayne knows nobody’s gonna stop the upcoming disaster than him. The quote came in a conversation with Arthur, who didn’t want Bruce Wayne to put on the Batman suit again.
“I do fear death. I fear dying in here while my city burns, and there’s no one there to save it.”
This is probably my favorite Bruce Wayne quote ever. He cares so much and wants to help, but the lack of fear of death doesn’t allow him to climb the prison walls and escape. However, when he ultimately climbs without the rope, the fear of falling reignites him, and he manages to get out.
Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
“We’re criminals, Alfred. We’ve always been criminals. Nothing’s changed.”
Bruce Wayne always tries to do the right thing. Everything he does, he does with a pure heart and for the right reasons. That being said, to achieve many things he wanted to achieve, Bruce had to bend or break the law. He’s aware of that but knows he has to keep doing it for the greater good, even if everybody hated him for it.
“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.”
I love this quote from Batman pointed at Clark Kent. It’s a tribute quote that has been repeated throughout the comics, animated series, and movies. It is something that makes Bruce Wayne who he is. Batman doesn’t seek meaning – he makes it himself.
“The Daily Planet criticizing those who think they’re above the law is a little hypocritical, wouldn’t you say? Considering every time your hero saves a cat out of a tree, you write a puff piece editorial about an alien who, if he wanted to, could burn the whole place down. There wouldn’t be a damn thing we can do to stop it.”
This quote is the whole point of the movie – Batman was scared that we weren’t doing enough to ensure that Superman doesn’t go rogue because, if he does, the entire planet can go up in flames, and there’s nothing one could do about it. It puts the whole Superman thing into perspective – what if Clark Kent wasn’t such a good guy?
“You’re not brave… men are brave. You say that you want to help people, but you can’t feel their pain… their mortality… It’s time you learn what it means to be a man.”
Again, this quote is directed towards Superman. Batman believes there’s nothing brave about being invulnerable and not feeling any pain. I have to say, I totally don’t get Batman in this film, and he kind of pisses me off, but anyway, his point was that Superman couldn’t show his bravery until he learns what it’s like to be human.
“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.”
Upon realizing his mistakes and owning up to them, Bruce talks to Wonder Woman about finding other superheroes to fight along their side in an upcoming war. It was a nice pitch if you asked me. Everybody makes mistakes, but it’s important to learn from them and keep fighting.
Best Batman Quotes From The Video Games
“I’ll never let you win. NEVER!”
Now, I didn’t particularly like the Arkham Asylum game, which is probably why I hesitated with the next chapters in the series, but this quote during the final boss fight against the Joker was simply epic. Even when Batman falls to his knees, he gets back up, saying this awesome quote in a cut-scene that perfectly sums up his relationship with the Joker.
“Take your best shot, Tommy.”
This is a quote from the Arkham Knight game. You have to play a side-quest where Batman battles an old friend, Tommy Elliot. Tommy is an identity thief who had done surgery to make himself look like Bruce Wayne. The quote from Bruce is powerful because, despite Tommy’s undoings, Batman owns up to his past guilts, which I won’t spoil if you haven’t played the game.
“Remember something else?!”
We know that Batman has somewhat of a dark side. However, using the Batmobile as an angry interrogation tactic is something we haven’t seen before. In the Arkham Knight game, Batman is in a dark, angry, violent place. When he interrogates a criminal, he puts his head under the Batmobile’s tire, leading to the epic quote to get more information out of the poor guy.
“No, Bane. This time, I break you!”
We all know that Bane is referred to as the Man Who Broke The Bat due to him breaking Bruce Wayne’s back in one of their fights. Well, in Arkham Asylum, you have a boss fight against Bane, and during one of the epic cut-scenes, the Dark Knight delivers this epic quote before jumping out of the way, allowing the Batmobile to crush Bane.
The quote references the Knightfall comics, where Bruce uses the same line.
“You want to know something funny? Even after everything you’ve done… I would have saved you.”
The funny thing is – Bruce held the cure in his hands. The quote from Arkham City came at the very end, where Batman had the cure for the disease they both had. However, the Joker attacked him, accidentally destroying the cure, leaving him to die. That’s when Batman delivers this epic quote.
“Sometimes, it’s only madness that makes us what we are.”
Everyone has their moments when they feel completely out of control. However, this quote from Arkham Asylum explains that sometimes, you show who or what you are exactly in those moments.
“It’s what you taught me. Do the right thing. That’s all that matters.”
This quote from the Arkham Knight came at the very beginning of the game. I was shocked, as it appeared Bruce was about to die, trying to save Gotham from a chemical blast. He talks to Alfred in the meantime, giving these wonderful quotes before thanking Alfred for everything he had done for him over the years.
“When the mugger or the thief stops to think twice – that is fear. That is what I am.”
Alfred and Bruce get into a dispute in the Arkham Origins game when Batman is rushing into danger against assassins who want to kill him. Alfred advises him differently, to which Bruce Wayne awesomely describes why he does what he does and what he represents in the city.
“What’s wrong? Scared?”
Batman: The Animated Series is one of my favorite iterations of the Dark Knight. So, seeing the tribute cut-scene in Arkham Knight where Scarecrow gets a taste of his fear toxin was really epic. Bruce Wayne’s identity was revealed, and he beat all his fears. Therefore, when facing Scarecrow, the villain’s strongest weapon didn’t work against him.
“I am vengeance. I am the night. I am Batman!”
Again, the Arkham Knight makes a Batman: The Animated Series reference, repeating one of the most famous lines from Kevin Conroy’s animated Bruce Wayne. The quote came during a clash with the Joker, where Bruce finally defeats his arch-nemesis. The directing of the scene was as epic as the quote.
“It’s billionaire, Vicki. Millionaires are so last year.”
You can’t shake Bruce Wayne with words. When a journalist, Vicki Vale, tries to phase him on TV, calling him a “millionaire” playboy, he just calmly shuts her down and says, “it’s billionaire.” Probably the best Bruce Wayne quote in the entire Arkham game series when he’s out of his Batman costume.
“You’re afraid of being forgotten. And you will be forgotten, Joker. Because of me.”
Before Batman finishes the Joker off in Arkham Knight, the Joker shows he seemingly has no fear. However, Bruce has fought the lunatic for years, and he knows there is one thing that the Joker fears – being forgotten.