31 Most Iconic Lines From Batman Movies

The Batman franchise is notorious for its scripts, and not always in a positive way: going back even as far...

Simon Gallagher

NUFC Editor

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Warner Bros.

The Batman franchise is notorious for its scripts, and not always in a positive way: going back even as far as Adam West’s ludicrous, cult-classic version of the character, good writing never seemed to be paramount for the character who traded more on iconic design and immediate mythology. And you could be forgiven for thinking that some of the later directors took that as a guide – particularly Joel Schumacher, whose mud-dumb sequels sprinkled as much verbal manure across the visuals as the director did day-glo paint.

But it hasn’t always been so bad: thanks to the need for punchy action and irresistibly quotable moments in a genre that relies on heavy punches, Batman has also been responsible for some of the most enduring lines in cinema history.

In celebration of those beats that left us swollen with heroic pride, or agog with delight, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to the very best lines in Batman movie history. But how do you distil a franchise down into the greatest lines within it?

31. Sickos

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Warner Bros.

The Quote: “It’s the so called ‘normal’ guys that always let you down. Sickos never scare me, at least they’re committed.”

Selina Kyle’s transformation from demure, retreating wallflower to hardened hell cat is complete with this affirmation of her lack of fear that also hints that she still carries the wounds of Kyle under her grittier Catwoman exterior in the faintest suggestion of vulnerability and old pain.

A lot of Catwoman’s quotability comes down to Michelle Pfeiffer’s performance: she segues from ice-cold to pantomime energy within moments, and she is as feline and fearsome without her iconic costume as she is under the mask.