Batman (1989 film)

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Batman is a 1989 film about the caped crusader's fight against his arch-nemesis, the Joker.

Directed by: Tim Burton. Written by Sam Hamm and Warren Skaaren, based upon characters created by Bob Kane.

The Joker/Jack Napier[edit]

  • [in TV ad] New and improved Joker products! With a new secret ingredient: Smylex. Now, let's go over to our blind taste test. Uh-oh. He don't look happy. He's been using Brand X. But with new and improved Joker brand, I get a grin again and again. That luscious tan, those ruby lips, and hair color so natural, only your undertaker knows for sure. I know what you're saying: where can I get these fine new items? Well that's the gag. Chances are, you've bought 'em already! So, remember, spread a little sunshine, and put on a happy face!
  • And now, folks, it's time for "Who do you trust!" Hubba, hubba, hubba! Money, money, money! Who do you trust? Me? I'm giving away free money. And where is the Batman? He's at home, washin' his tights! [looks up into the sky and sees the Batwing] Winged battle flies through the night and finds me ready. [to Bob the Goon] Bob, mask. [to crowd in the street] And now comes the part where I relieve you, the little people, of the burden of your failed and useless lives. But, as my plastic surgeon always said, if you've got to go, go with a smile!
  • Batman?! Batman?!! Can somebody tell me what kind of a world we live in where a man dressed up as a bat gets all of my press?! This town needs an enema!
  • Joker here. Now you fellas have said some pretty mean things. Some of which were true under that fiend, boss Grissom. He was a thief, and a terrorist. On the other hand, he had a tremendous singing voice. He's dead now, and he's left me in charge. Now, I can be theatrical, and maybe even a little rough, but one thing I am not is a killer. I am an artist. And I love a good party. So, truce. Commence au festival! And I've got a surprise for Gotham City. At midnight, I will dump $20 million in cash on the crowd. Don't worry about me; I've got enough. You heard it, folks. $20 million. And there will be entertainment: the big dukaroo. With me in one corner and in the other corner, the man who has brought real terror to Gotham City, Batman. Can you hear me? Just the two of us; you and me. Mano e mano. I've taken off my makeup. Let's see if you can take off yours.


Nick: Don't kill me! Don't kill me, man! Don't kill me! Don't kill me, man!!
Batman: 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.
Nick: What are you?!
Batman: Who am I? I'm Batman.

Alexander Knox: You know what they say? They say he can't be killed. They say he drinks blood. They say . . . . .
Lieutenant Eckhardt: I say you're full of shit, Knox. [begins walking away, but turns back to Knox.] can quote me on that. [flicks his cigar in Knox's general direction, then turns to leave again]

[Knox and Vicki are looking at a gallery of suits of armor. A man has silently followed them in while Vicki is wondering who this eccentric Bruce Wayne is]
Man: It's Japanese.
Alexander Knox: How do you know?
Bruce Wayne: Because I bought it in Japan.

The Joker: So gentlemen, that's how it is. Until Grissom, uh, [chuckles] resurfaces, I'm the acting President, and I say starting with this anniversary festival, we run this city to the ground.
Gangster: Why don't we hear this from Grissom?
Tony: Yeah, and what's with that stupid grin?
The Joker: Life's been good to me.
Tony: What if we say "No"?
The Joker: Well, Tony, nobody wants a war. And if we can't do business, why, we'll just shake hands and that'll be it.
Tony: Yeah?
The Joker: Yeah. [Tony shakes his hand, and is immediately burned to a crisp by the Joker's electric joybuzzer]
The Joker: [laughing] Oooh, I got a live one here! Oh, there'll be a hot time in the old town tonight! [Bob and his men burst into the conference room and hold the gangsters at gunpoint] Antoine got a little hot under the collar.
Gangster: You're crazy.
The Joker: Haven't you ever heard of the healing power of laughter? [laughs] Now get outta here!! [Bob's men order the gangsters to get up and walk out of the conference room] And think it over.

Vinnie's Assistant: We have witnesses. Grissom's signature is perfect and legitimate.
The Joker: It is legitimate! I saw it. I was there. I saw it all. He reached up with his dead hand and signed it in his own blood. And he did it with this pen. [pulls out a poison quill pen] Hello, Vinnie. It's your Uncle Bingo. Time to pay the check. [throws quill pen at Vinnie; quill pen hits Vinnie in the neck, killing him instantly] The truly mightier than the sword!

Vicki: Some people say that you're as dangerous as the Joker.
Batman: He's psychotic.
Vicki: There are some people who say the same thing about you.
Batman: What people?
Vicki: Well let's face it, you're not exactly..."normal", are you?
Batman: It's not exactly a "normal" world, is it?

The Joker: Tell me something, my friend... have you ever danced with the devil by the pale moonlight?
Bruce Wayne: [stunned] What?
The Joker: It's something I ask of all my prey...just before I send a draft through their domes. I just like the sound of it. [He shoots Bruce, who plays dead] Never rub another man's rhubarb!

Bruce: What's on your mind, Alfred?
Alfred: I have no wish to spend my few remaining years grieving for the loss of old friends. Or their sons.

Batman: Excuse me. You ever danced with the devil by the pale moonlight? [Punches Joker and knocks him against a bell, before grabbing him] I'm going to kill you for this!
Joker: You idiot! You made me, remember? You dropped me into that vat of chemicals. That wasn't easy to get over, and don't think that I didn't try!
Batman: [smirks] I know you did. [Punches Joker in the stomach and knocks him through a wall] You killed my parents.
Joker: Wha-what? What are you talking about?
Batman: I made you; but you made me first.
Joker: Hey, bat-brain, I was a kid when I killed your parents! I mean, I say I made you, you've gotta say you made me ... how childish can you get? [puts on a pair of glasses] You wouldn't hit a guy with glasses, would you? Huh!?
[Batman knocks the Joker over the side]

Harvey Dent: We've received a letter from Batman this morning. "Please inform the citizens of Gotham that Gotham City has earned a rest from crime. But if the forces of evil should rise again to cast a shadow on the heart of the city, call me."
Alexander Knox: Question: How do we call him?
Commissioner Gordon: He gave us a signal!


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