30 Truly Awful Lines That Ruined Comic Book Movies
30. “I am Catwoman, hear me roar!” – Batman Returns
Do cats roar? No, didn’t think so, but then “I am Catwoman, watch me wretch up a hairball” or “I am Catwoman, hear me miaow” doesn’t really have the same ring, no matter how little Catwoman’s attempt at an iconic catchphrase is.
We get it, it’s a play on the “I am woman…” empowerment speech, but the pun makes no sense, and it feels like pointless posturing from the otherwise genius villain.
29. “A man can always tell when a woman is pretending… especially Superman.” – Superman Returns
Sex jokes from Superman. Really?! There’s emphasising Superman’s more human side in his occasional sexual urges, but this nod to Supes somehow possessing the capability to spot a fake orgasm is an unnecessary, silly joke that just about pushes Superman’s oddly maniacal appreciation of Pink out as the stupidest sexualised reference in the series.
28. “Never rub another man’s rhubarb!” – Batman (1989)
Though it is considered an iconic line, the Joker’s equally baffling, but slightly more relatable “Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?” almost made this list, thanks to the false poetic importance heaped on it, but it’s wrong not to acknowledge the fact that that line has transcended the usual limits of simple film dialogue, and become a cultural hot-point in itself.
But “never rub another man’s rhubarb” is dumb and just plain silly. The inference of course is to stay away from another man’s woman, but there’s nothing feminine about rhubard, which, if anything, is phallic, giving the impression that Vicki Vale has some sort of secret surprise for Batman.