Many fans are certainly thrilled to hear that Matt Reeves and Robert Pattinson’s Batman 2 is in development, but the Dark Knight has a good backlog of memorable moments in DC Comics’ various animated films. All in all, many longtime fans of the publishing world would probably agree that animation is where DC really shines.
Batman has an embarrassment of riches regardless of medium, though, and he’s delivered great quotes in all of them as well. Whether it’s DCAU-specific films like Mask of the Phantasm or animated comic book adaptations like Under the Red Hood, all of these quotes say something quintessential about the superhero.
“There is a difference between you and me; we both looked into the abyss, but when he looked at us, you blinked. »
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths saw DC’s pantheon of heroes take on their evil counterparts. Owlman serves as Batman’s dark mirror; a bitter nihilist who can’t come to terms with his feeling that no decision anyone makes in a timeline really matters. This forces Owlman to completely destroy the multiverse, as he believes it is the only thing that matters to him, culminating in a climactic battle with Batman.
He spoils Owlman’s plan by transferring him and his doomsday superweapon to a frozen Earth, delivering a cold quip that highlights their obvious differences. Owlman has walked the coward’s path in the face of fearing him, choosing to justify his hurt. Meanwhile, Batman has taken that fear and turned it into an inexorable force forever.
“I know I made a promise, but I didn’t expect it! I didn’t expect to be happy. »
Batman: the mask of fantasy
The scene with Bruce at his parents’ graves certainly produces one of the darkest yet poignant quotes Batman has given in any medium he’s appeared in. She is emblematic of Bruce Wayne’s complex and fascinating psyche, as well as a desire for him to be completely convinced. he must keep. In Mask of the Phantasm, and for the first time in ages, Bruce’s life seems to be going well.
He is happy and in love with Andrea Beaumont, but has difficulty proposing to her. He pleads at the graves of Thomas and Martha Wayne to renounce this vow. It’s a tragically beautiful scene that befits one of the best and most in-character Batman movies available, showing how, on a deeper level, Bruce has indeed led himself to believe that Batman is what his parents want for him. .
“But if I do, if I allow myself to go down to this place… I’ll never come back.” »
Batman: Under the Red Riding Hood
Contrary to popular belief, many superheroes adhere to a “no-eliminate rule”. However, the Dark Knight himself apparently popularized this concept, and it’s a mainstay of what makes his character so compelling. In a tense scene from the Under the Red Hood adaptation, Batman offers Jason Todd/Red Hood a nuanced explanation of this moral standard, and it’s more profound than it first appears.
Batman doesn’t refuse to kill because he thinks he’ll instantly become as evil as the Joker, but he knows he won’t stop. He’s self-aware enough to acknowledge that if he allows himself to cross that line, he will gradually sanitize the idea of murder. The line between friend and foe would blur and few would be ready for this Batman.
“You ate the wealth of Gotham; the spirit of her … But your party is nearly over; from now on none of you are safe. »
Batman: Year One
The Caped Crusader line offers Gotham’s crime families a direct adaptation of one of the greatest Batman comic book arcs of all time. However, he’s still great in the movie Year One. It’s perhaps one of the best origin stories in comics, with Frank Miller’s retelling of Batman’s early life fitting perfectly into the noir crime vibe.
This era of the hero’s life was characterized by organized crime that still sucks the life out of Gotham City. And in one of the scariest and most triumphant scenes of either version, he interrupts Carmine Falcone’s mob boss dinner party to let them know their days are numbered.
“If you can’t see the potential danger of an out-of-control Justice League, I don’t need to wait for a vote, I don’t belong here. »
Justice League: Destiny
A loose adaptation of Mark Waid’s JLA Tower of Babel story arc, Justice League: Doom centers on a conflict sparked by Vandal Savage. Savage hires Mirror Master to steal highly confidential files that the best detective in the world had on every member of the Justice League in case they turn evil.
In addition to being a power play, the last speech he gave to the rest of the league when they voted to oust him was a memorable show of conviction. Batman’s paranoia can certainly be a weakness, but it’s also arrogant to think that any member of the League can go rogue given the threats they face on a regular basis.
“The real reason you keep coming back is because you never made the old man laugh. »
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
A cult classic out of nowhere, Batman Beyond was a brilliant cocktail of Batman, Blade Runner and Spider-Man. Terry McGinnis gave the city a proud new incarnation of Batman, and Return of the Joker saw him at his best against a resurrected Joker.
Terry brings his own flavor to the mantle and his fight against the Clown Prince of Crime where he taunts the villain and solidifies as he is the right man for the job. He’s the DCAU’s Dark Knight for a new age and his dismantling of the Joker’s psyche proves it.
“For all the years to come, in your most private moments, I want you to remember the one man who beat you! »
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2
One of the most important comics in the history of the medium, Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns was an equally compelling film adaptation. The second film contained the iconic fight between the grizzled, aging Dark Knight and the political pooch Superman has become.
Batman, as he is, could never hope to bring down the Man of Steel, as few beings in the universe can. Therefore, his tactical ingenuity helped him win the day. Green Arrow deserves some credit, but Batman’s line towards a defeated Superman was completely cathartic.
“Yes father. »
Batman: Year One
Simple yet hard-hitting, the joke a battered Bruce Wayne cracks in his father’s study is an abridged version of Miller’s even more hard-hitting version of the seminal comic. However, the anime adaptation of that joke and scene struck the chords it needed.
Looking for a way to get Gotham out of its quagmire outside of its daytime philanthropic efforts, Bruce feels exasperated that he doesn’t have a concrete answer. Bloodied and ready to die, the sudden inspiration crashing into a bust of Thomas Wayne set the stage for one of the most iconic moments in Batman history. He will become a bat.
“You don’t understand, son; it’s not a mud hole; it’s an operating table and I’m the surgeon. »
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1
The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 brilliantly captures the hardened new beginnings of this version of Batman. With the US government actively neglecting Gotham City’s economic and social health, Bruce returns from retirement to regain control of the city.
The Mutants emerge as a Clockwork Orange-style hyperviolent gang that rules the streets in terror. It takes time for Batman to learn to compensate for his age, but he eventually comes back and puts his leader firmly back in place—and out of order. It is the Dark Knight’s hallmark to “respect your elders”.
“Now, I’ve never really said I’m not Batman. »
The movie Batman Superman: World’s Finest
This film chronicles the origins of the Batman and Superman dynamic in the DCAU television canon. Many of Batman’s most iconic quotes from animated films are introspective, heartwarming, and wistful, but it’s a fun showcase of Bruce Wayne’s wit and sense of humor.
Lois Lane becomes entangled with the two heroes in different capacities, and eventually learns the Dark Knight’s identity and is frustrated that he lied about it. And, in typical Batman fashion, she delivers this witty quip.