100+ Best Batman Quotes Chosen Throughout The History Of Gotham City

Supriya Jain
Dec 12, 2023 By Supriya Jain
Originally Published on Jan 12, 2021
Edited by Luca Demetriou
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We are here with a collection of the best Batman quotes chosen throughout the history of Gotham City to entertain you.

Batman has been played by different characters over the years in various films and series, along with DC comic superheroes. Batman goes by other remarkable names such as the Caped Crusader, World’s Greatest Detective, and also the most famous Dark knight and has been one of the most adored superheroes in the DC comic series.

Batman undoubtedly is one of the most famous and loved characters in the DC comic book world, created by Bob Kane and written by Bill Finger. Batman, usually a Gotham City citizen, is also a playboy philanthropist, and martial arts expert, and is known for his thirst for justice.

He is born out of his dark past that left him an orphan at the age of eight years when his parents, Dr. Thomas and Martha Wayne, were brutally murdered.

Alongside that, he is also the proud billionaire head of Wayne Enterprises.

Batman’s character Bruce Wayne first became famous around the world with Batman’s introduction in Gotham City through a superhero of the DC comic world starting in '39 with a series of varied appearances. Let’s take a look at some of the most famous and best Batman quotes for you to enjoy.

Best Batman Quotes

As a fictional character, Batman was created 80 years back and continues to be equally adored in the present times. People have enjoyed Batman movies, comic books, video games, toys, and much more, continuing the merchandise and legacy. Let’s take a look at some of the best Batman quotes, such as his slogan, "this city needs me".

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1. "It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me." - Batman, Batman Begins.

2. "He’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we’ll hunt him...Because he can take it...Because he’s not our hero. He’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector...A dark knight." - Jim Gordon, The Dark Knight.

3. "This city just showed you that it’s full of people ready to believe in good."- Batman, The Dark Knight.

4. "Endure, Master Wayne. Take it. They’ll hate you for it, but that’s the point of Batman, he can be the outcast. He can make the choice that no one else can make, the right choice."- Alfred Pennyworth, The Dark Knight.

5. "The Bat and the Cat. It has a nice ring."- Catwoman, The Batman.

6. "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." - Batman, The Dark Knight.

7. "The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming."- Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight.

8. "What were you trying to prove? That deep down, everyone’s as ugly as you? You’re alone!" - Batman, The Dark Knight.

9. "If I have to have a past, then I prefer it to be multiple choice." - Alan Moore, Batman: The Killing Joke.

Famous Batman Quotes

Batman featured on the big screen for the first time in '43 in a self-titled movie, followed by a sequel in '49, which presented his famous sidekick, Robin. Over the years, a dozen films featuring Batman have been released.

Let’s take a look at the most famous Batman quotes. You will also find some cool Batman and Robin quotes here.


10. "The true crimefighter always carries everything he needs in his utility belt, Robin." - Batman, Batman (TV series). 

11. "No miracles...No mercy...No redemption...No heaven...No hell...No higher power. Just life. Just... us."- Batman, The Dark Knight.

12. " The Lamborghini then? Much more subtle." - Alfred, The Dark Knight Returns. 

11. "Enough madness? Enough? And how do you measure madness? -The Joker.” - Grant Morrison, Batman: Arkham Asylum. 

12. "Endure, Master Wayne. Take it. They’ll hate you for it, but that’s the point of Batman, he can be the outcast. He can make the choice that no one else can make, the right choice."- Alfred Pennyworth, The Dark Knight.  

13. "It is the duty of every good citizen of Gotham City to report meeting a man from Mars in a public park."- Bruce Wayne/Batman, Batman (TV series). 

14. "We all look for meaning behind the tragedies that befall us. And sometimes the meaning is there. But sometimes, Master Bruce, terrible things just happen. No sinister plots. No secret societies. They just happen."- Alfred Pennyworth, Batman vs. Robin. 

15. "I see without seeing. To me, darkness is as clear as daylight. What am I?"- Bruce Wayne/Batman, Batman Forever.

16. "You don’t get heaven or hell. Do you know the only reward you get for being Batman? You get to be Batman."- Neil Gaiman, Batman: Whatever Happened To The Caped Crusader?. 

17. "Sometimes the truth isn’t good enough, sometimes people deserve more."- Batman, The Dark Knight.

Quotes From Batman Chosen Throughout The History

The Batman legacy was further upheld and was adorned with the introduction of live-action television series show/series aired in '66-'68, with Adam West being the Batman. There have been a variety of animated Batman series over the years. Let’s look at some of the most famous superhero quotes from Batman.

18.  "Some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn."- Alfred Pennyworth, The Dark Knight.

19. "If you’re good at something, never do it for free." - The Joker, The Dark Knight

20. "You needed a father. All you had was me."- Alfred Pennyworth, The Batman.

21. "But if I do that, if I allow myself to go down into that place… I’ll never come back." - Batman, Batman: Under The Red Hood.

22. "How can two people hate so much without knowing each other?" - Alan Moore, Batman: The Killing Joke.

Inspirational Batman Quotes

Batman is known for his justice-seeking skills that inspire us to do the same. Let’s take a look at some of the most inspiring Batman quotes through humor, quotes, and sayings to motivate you, too.

23. "Criminals, by nature, are a cowardly and superstitious lot."- Batman, Batman Comics.

24. "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."- Frank Miller, Batman: Year One. 

25. "If we don’t stand up to him, no one will."- Selina Kyle, The Batman.

26. "If this continues it won’t be long before you have nothing left."- Alfred Pennyworth, The Batman.

27. "Madness is the emergency exit. You can just step outside, and close the door on all those dreadful things that happened. You can lock them away…forever."- The Joker, The Killing Joke. 

28. "Gotham may have lost its king and queen, Bruce, but it could still have its prince."- Geoff Johns, Batman Comics.

29. "Targeting me won’t get their money back. I knew the mob wouldn’t go down without a fight, but this is different. They crossed the line."- Batman, The Dark Knight.

30. "Why do we fall? So that we can learn to pick ourselves back up."- Batman, Batman Begins.

31. "I’m whatever Gotham needs me to be."- Batman, The Dark Knight. 

32. "All men have limits. They learn what they are and learn not to exceed them. I ignore mine."- Batman, Knightfall.

33. "You do not fear death. You think this makes you strong. It makes you weak." - Batman, The Dark Knight Rises.

34. "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. "- Batman, Batman Comics.

35. "If you can carry it to the top of the mountain you may find what you were looking for in the first place."- Batman, Batman Begins.

36. "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."- Batman, The Dark Knight.

37. "Yes, father. I shall become a Bat."- Batman, The Dark Knight Returns. 

38. "He’s clearly a man with a mission, but it’s not one of vengeance. Bruce is not after personal revenge... He’s much bigger than that; he’s much more noble than that.

He wants the world to be a better place, where a young Bruce Wayne would not be a victim...In a way, he’s out to make himself unnecessary. Batman is a hero who wishes he didn’t have to exist. "- Frank Miller, Batman: Year One.

39. "I wear a mask. And that mask, it’s not to hide who I am, but to create what I am."- Batman, Batman Comics.

40. "Riddle me this, riddle me that, who’s afraid of the big black bat?"- The Riddler, Batman Forever.

Iconic Batman Quotes

Batman's role has been played by a series of famous actors that helped to continue the legacy of Batman over the years, including Christian Bale, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Ben Affleck, and most recently Robert Pattinson. Let’s take a look at some of the most iconic Batman quotes.

41. "Then I reminded myself that all intelligent children suffer bad dreams." - Grant Morrison, Batman: Arkham Asylum.

42. "I’m vengeance."- Batman, The Batman.

43. "If this man is everything that you say he is, then this city needs me."- Bruce Wayne, The Dark Knight Rises.  

44. "I can take care of myself."- Selina Kyle, The Batman.

45. "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."- Batman, The Dark Knight Rises.

46. "Things will get worse before it gets better."- Bruce Wayne, The Batman.

47. "Drive sports cars, date movie stars, buy things that are not for sale… who knows, Master Wayne? You start pretending to have fun, you might even have a little by accident."- Alfred Pennyworth, Gotham (TV Series).

Amazing Batman Quotes

For those who love Batman, definitely love Batman Begins. Here are some amazing Batman Begins quotes that you will like.

48. "Rachel, all this – it’s not me, inside, and I am…more."- Bruce Wayne, Batman Begins.

49. "The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming." - Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight 

50. "If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can’t stop you, then you become something else entirely… Legend Mr Wayne."- Henri Ducard, Batman Begins.

51. "It’s not who we are underneath, but what we do that defines us."- Rachel Dawes, Batman Begins.

52. "Endure, Master Wayne. Take it. They’ll hate you for it, but that’s the point of Batman, he can be the outcast. He can make the choice that no one else can make, the right choice." - Alfred Pennyworth, The Dark Knight 

53. "Having trouble? Take a seat...Have a drink....You look like a man who takes himself too seriously. Do you want my opinion? You need to lighten up." - Scarecrow, Batman Begins. 

54. "I won’t kill you, but I don’t have to save you."- Batman, Batman Begins. 

55. "The training is nothing! The will is everything! The will to act."- Henri Ducard, Batman Begins.

56. "Justice is about harmony. Revenge is about you making yourself feel better, which is why we have an impartial system."- Rachel Dawes, Batman Begins.

57. "I’ll be standing where I belong. Between you and the people of Gotham.'- Bruce Wayne, ‘Batman Begins’.

58. "I believe that an enemy is coming from far away. I'm looking for warriors, this stranger. Others like him. I'm building an alliance to defend us. It's very important that I see this man."- Bruce Wayne, Justice League.

59. "Tomorrow, you will be released. If you are bored of brawling with thieves and want to achieve something there is a rare blue flower that grows on the eastern slopes.

Pick one of these flowers. If you can carry it to the top of the mountain you may find what you were looking for in the first place." - Henri Ducard, Batman Begins.

60. “Your anger gives you great power. But if you let it, it will destroy you… As it almost did me.” - Henri Ducard,Batman Begins

61. "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." - Batman, Batman Begins

62. "Someone like you, someone who will rattle the cages."- Batman, Batman Begins.

63. "Fear. They can smell it." - Justice League.

64. "Bats frighten me. It’s time the world share my dread."- Bruce Wayne, Batman Begins.

65. ""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." - Batman, Zero Year 

66. "The Wayne legacy is more than bricks and mortar, sir."- Alfred Pennyworth, Batman Begins.

67. "The world needs Superman... the team needs Clark. He's more human I am. He lived in this world, fell in love, had a job. In spite of all that power."-Bruce Wayne, Justice League.

68. "If you're good at something, never do it for free." - The Joker, The Dark Knight 

69. "People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy and I can’t do that as Bruce Wayne."- Bruce Wayne, Batman Begins.

70. " I do what I do to keep thugs like Falcone behind bars, not in therapy. I want my own psychiatric consultant to have full access to Falcone including blood work. Find out what exactly you put him on." - Rachel Dawes, Batman Begins.

71. " You look very fashionable........ Apart from the mud." - Alfred Pennyworth, Batman Begins.

72. "If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can’t stop you, then you become something else entirely… Legend, Mr. Wayne." - Henri Ducard, Batman Begins.

73. " You won't let me live, you won't let me die." - Kal-El, Justice League.

74. "Who am I kidding. You’re already spoken for." - Selina Kyle, The Batman.

75. "You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain." - Batman, The Dark Knight.

76. "Sometimes it's only madness that makes us what we are." - Batman, Arkham Asylum.

77. "Everything's impossible until somebody does it." - Batman, The Dark Knight.

78. "Are you just hideously scarred?" - Catwoman, The Batman.

79. "You won't kill me out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness, and I won't kill you because you're just too much fun. I think you and I are destined to do this forever." - Joker, The Dark Knight.

80. "Sometimes the truth isn't good enough. Sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded." - Batman, The Dark Knight.

81. "Well, I know you didn't bring me back 'cause you like me." - Superman, Justice League.

82. " You're not talking about justice. You're talking about revenge." - Rachel Dawes, Batman Begins.

83. "Sorry, guys. I didn't bring a sword."- Batman, Justice League.

84. “Our scars can destroy us, even after the physical wounds have healed.” – Batman, Batman 2022

85. “Fear is a tool. When that light hits the sky, it’s not just a call. It’s a warning.” – Batman, Batman 2022

86. “Giving back is not just an obligation. It’s a passion. That is our legacy.” – Thomas Wayne 

87. “I’ve been invisible my whole life. I guess I won’t be anymore, will I? They’ll remember me now. They’ll remember both of us.” – Riddler

88. “Sins of the father.” – James Gordon

89. “Vengeance won’t change the past, mine or anyone else’s. I have to become more. People need hope. To know someone’s out there for them.” – Batman

90. “Dangerous crowd you’re stealing from.” – Batman

91. “Is this how you get your kicks, hon? Sneaking up on girls in the dark?” – Selina Kyle

92. "Have you ever danced with the Devil in the pale moonlight?" - The Joker, Batman 

93. “Cross that line, you’ll become just like him.” – Batman

94. “I had all the pieces, I had the answers. But I didn’t know how to make them listen. You gave me that.” – Riddler

95. "If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can’t stop you, then you become something else entirely… Legend, Mr. Wayne." - Henri Ducard, Batman Begins

96. “You assume the worst in people. Which, well…maybe we’re not so different after all.” – Selina Kyle

97. "I don’t care what happens to me." – Bruce Wayne dialogue from The Batman

98. "You know, you really could be doing more for this city. -Bella

99. “Nice night for a stroll,”- The Rooster, Creatures of The Night

100. “I’m gonna find him and I’m gonna make him pay. You gonna help me?” – Selina Kyle

101. “I’m the goddamn Batman” - Batman, All-Star Batman and Robin.

102. “Isn’t that just terrible? Them raining on your parade like that? What is it they say? One day you’re on top, the next you’re a clown.” – Joker

103. "Riddle me this – the less of them you have, the more one is worth.” – Joker

104. “If this continues, it won’t be long before you’ve nothing left.” – Alfred

105. “What I’m doing is my family’s legacy.” – Batman

106. “Enjoy your night at Blackgate, Carmine. Probably be your last.” – Penguin

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Written by Supriya Jain

Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Business Administration specializing in Marketing

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Supriya JainBachelor of Commerce, Master of Business Administration specializing in Marketing

As a skilled member of the Kidadl team, Shruti brings extensive experience and expertise in professional content writing. With a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Punjab University and an MBA in Business Administration from IMT Nagpur, Shruti has worked in diverse roles such as sales intern, content writer, executive trainee, and business development consultant. Her exceptional writing skills cover a wide range of areas, including SOP, SEO, B2B/B2C, and academic content.

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