Batman Forever

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Batman Forever (Warner Bros., 1995) is the third feature film in the Burton/Schumacher series of films based on the DC Comics character Batman.

Directed by Joel Schumacher, and written by Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler, and Akiva Goldman. Based on DC Comics characters created by Bob Kane.
Courage now, truth always...Taglines

Harvey Dent/Two-Face[edit]

  • One man is born a hero, his brother a coward. Babies starve, politicians grow fat. Holy men are martyred, and junkies grow legion. Why? Why why why why why why? Luck! Blind, stupid, simple, doo-dah, clueless luck!
  • [After flipping his coin to decide whether to kill someone] Ah, fortune smiles. Another day of wine and roses, or in your case, beer and pizza!
  • The Bat's stubborn refusal to expire... IS DRIVING US INSANE!!
  • [After Robin saves him] Oh, good boy. Good boy. The Bat has taught you very well to be noble. [Pulls out a concealed gun, pointing it at Robin] Stupid...but noble.

Edward Nygma/the Riddler[edit]

  • [of Two-Face's hideout] I simply love what you've done with the place. Heavy Metal meets House and Garden. [laughs] Splendid! [Takes one of his boxes and puts it on the dark side of the room] It's so dark and gothic and disgustingly decadent [Gestures Spice over with a snarl, then takes a box to the light side]... yet so bright and chipper and conservative![Urges Sugar over with a whistle] [Back to the dark side; speaking sinisterly] It's so you... [to the light side, speaking operatic] And yet so you!
  • [to Two-Face] Very few people are both a summer and a winter, but... YOU pull it off quite nicely.
  • [after Two-Face shoots at the ceiling on a whim] Has anybody ever told you, you have a SERIOUS IMPULSE CONTROL PROBLEM?!
  • [After Batman crashes through the ceiling to fight Two-Face's thugs; to Two-Face] Your entrance was good, his was better. The difference: SHOWMANSHIP.
  • Don't kill him! If you kill him, he won't learn nothin'!
  • Joygasm!
  • Batman? Batman, you say? Coming for you? [laughs] I'm... COUNTING ON IT!!!!!
  • Riddle me this, riddle me that - who's afraid of the big black bat?
  • For if knowledge is power... Then a god... am... I! [pause] Was that over the top? I can never tell!
  • What's everything to someone and nothing to everyone else? Your mind baby!
  • Like the jacket?, It keeps me safe when I'm... jogging at night!
  • Tell the fat lady she's on in five.
  • Now the real game begins!
  • This is your brain on the box, This is my brain on the box, Does anybody else feel like a fried egg?


Two-Face: You're counting on the winged avenger to deliver you from evil, aren't you, my friend?
Bank Guard: Are you gonna kill me?
Two-Face: Maybe, maybe not. You could say we're of two minds on the subject. Are you a gambling man? What say we flip for it?

Commissioner Gordon: [about Two-Face] Can we reason with him? He's holding innocent people hostage up there.
Dr. Chase Meridian: It won't do any good. He'll slaughter them without thinking twice.
Batman: Agreed. A trauma powerful enough to create an alternate personality leaves the victim...
Meridian: [interrupting] a world where normal rules of right and wrong no longer apply.
Batman: Exactly.
Dr. Meridian: Like you. [off his look] Well, let's just say that I could write a hell of a paper on a grown man who dresses like a flying rodent.
Batman: Bats aren't rodents, Dr. Meridian.
Dr. Meridian: [More intrigued] Really? I did not know that. You are interesting...and call me 'Chase'. [Batman looks back up to the bank, Meridian does the same. As she looks up, Batman then walks away] By the way, do you have a first name, or do we just call you "Bats"? [Turns and sees Batman is no longer there.]

Riddler: Here's the bargain: you will help me steal production capital, so I can put a Box on every TV in town, then I will be Gotham's cleverest carbon-based life-form! And in return... [goes to Two-Face] everybody paying attention? I will help you solve the greatest riddle of all. The mother of all riddles! Who is... Batman?
Two-Face: Hmm...You have broken into our hideout. You have violated the sanctity of our lair. For this we should crush your bones into powder. However, you do pose a very interesting proposition. [holds up his coin] Therefore, heads, we accept, and tails, we blow your damn head off!

[Batman responds to the Bat-Signal]
Batman: Commissioner Gordon?
[Chase appears]
Dr. Chase Meridian: He's at home. I sent the signal.
Batman: What's wrong?
Dr. Meridian: Last night at the bank I noticed something about Two-Face. His coin. It's his Achilles' heel. It can be exploited.
Batman: I know. You called me here for this? The Bat-Signal is not a beeper.
Dr. Chase Meridian: Well I wish I could say that my interest in you was...purely professional.
Batman: You trying to get under my cape, doctor?
Dr. Chase Meridian: A girl can't live by psychoses alone.
Batman: It's the car, right? Chicks love the car.
Dr. Chase Meridian: What is it about the wrong kind of man? In grade school it was boys with earrings. College; motorcycles, leather jackets. Now... [feels his suit, gasps] Black...rubber.
Batman: Try firemen, less to take off. [Tries to leave, Chase blocks his way]
Dr. Chase Meridian: I don't mind the work. Pity I can't see behind the mask. [Puts her hands on Batman's mask, he takes her hands away]
Batman: We all wear masks.
Dr. Chase Meridian: My life's an open book. You read?
Batman: I don't blend in at a family picnic.
Dr. Chase Meridian: Oh, we could give it a try. I'll bring the wine... [opens her coat to reveal a negligee] you bring your scarred psyche.
Batman: Direct, don't you?
Dr. Chase Meridian: You like strong women. I've done my homework. Or do I need skin-tight vinyl and a whip?
Batman: I haven't had that much luck with women.
Dr. Chase Meridian: Maybe you just haven't met the right woman.

[She leans in to kiss Batman, a sudden noise stops them. Commissioner Gordon arrives. Chase promptly puts her coat back on.]

Commissioner Gordon: I saw the signal, what's going on?
Batman: Nothing. False alarm.
Dr. Chase Meridian: Are you sure?

[Batman gives a light grin, then jumps over the side of the building, falling and landing inside the Batmobile]

Batman: [Sighs] Women.

Riddler: Hey, Two-Face! Show me how to punch a guy!
Two-Face: It's darn simple, my boy; ball up a fist, reach way back and assert yourself! [punches out cop]
Riddler: Ooo! Looks like fun... lemme try, lemme try!
Two-Face: Ball up a fist...
Riddler: [clenches fist] Ball up a fist!
Two-Face: Reach way back...
Riddler: [winds up] Reach way back!
Two-Face: And assert yourself!
Riddler: Assert—[punches another cop, but is ineffective] OW!

[Alfred brings an envelope to Bruce, who's watching news reports on the Riddler]
Alfred: Apparently you and Batman have a common enemy. That was with the morning mail.
[Bruce opens the envelope, revealing another riddle, the camera cuts to the two of them in the Batcave]
Alfred: "The eight of us go forth, not back; to protect our king from a foe's attack."
Bruce Wayne: Chess pawns. Clock...match...all physical objects, man-made.
Alfred: Small in size, light in weight.
Bruce Wayne: What's the connection?
Alfred: With all due respect, sir, I believe that's why they call him "the Riddler".

Alfred: [in Bruce's monitor watch] I'm sorry to bother you, sir. But I have some rather distressing news about Master Dick.
Bruce: What? Is he alright?
Alfred: I'm afraid Master Dick has, uhm, gone traveling.
Wayne: He ran away?
Alfred: Actually, he took... the car.
Wayne: He boosted the Jag?
Alfred: Not the Jaguar. The other car.
Wayne: The Bentley?
Alfred: No, sir... the other car.

Dick Grayson: All I can think about every second of the day is getting Two-Face. He took my whole life. And when I was out there tonight, I imagined it was him that I was fighting, even when I was fighting you. And all the pain went away. Do you understand?
Bruce Wayne: Yes, I do.
Dick: Good, 'cause you gotta help me find him. And when we do, I'm the one who kills him.
Bruce: So, you're willing to take a life.
Dick: Long as it's Two-Face.
Bruce: Then it will happen this way: you make the kill, but your pain doesn't die with Harvey, it grows. So you run out into the night to find another face, and another, and another, until one terrible morning you wake up and realize that revenge has become your whole life. And you won't know why.
Dick: You can't understand. Your family wasn't killed by a maniac.
Bruce: Yes, they were. We're the same.

[As Two-Face and his thugs crash Edward Nygma's party]
Edward: You're ruining my big party! Are you INSANE?!
Two-Face: We're sick of waiting for you to deliver the Batman, dear boy.
Edward: Patience, oh bifurcated one--
Two-Face: PATIENCE, HELL! WE WANT HIM DEAD! And nothing brings out the Batman like a little murder and mayhem, baby.
Edward: Well, at least you could have let me in on the caper! We could have organized this, planned it, presold the movie rights! [sees Batman crash through the ceiling] Your entrance was good; his was better. The difference? Showmanship!

Dick: I need a name! "Batboy"? "Nightwing"? I dunno, what's a good sidekick name?
Bruce: How about "Dick Grayson, college student"?
Dick: Screw you!

Batman: [Preparing to attack the Riddler's island] What do you suggest, Alfred? By sea? [Activates the Bat-Boat] Or by air? [Activates the Bat Wing]
Robin: [Arriving] Why not both?
Batman: [Looks over Robin's costume] Who's your tailor?
Alfred: I took the liberty, sir.
Batman: [Notices Robin's logo] "R". What's that stand for?
Robin: [Gives Alfred a look] "Robin". [Alfred smiles, Robin looks back at Batman] Riddler and Two-Face make a pretty lethal combination. Figured you could use a hand.
Batman: Two against two are better odds.
Robin: I can't promise I won't kill Harvey.
Batman: "Every man's got to go his own way." A friend told me that.
Robin: Not just a friend... [Offers his hand]
Batman: A partner [Batman shakes Robin's hand]

Robin: Holey rusted metal, Batman!
Batman: What?
Robin: The ground. It's all metal. It's full of holes. You know, holey.
Batman: Oh.

Batman: I see without seeing. To me, darkness is as clear as daylight. What am I?
The Riddler: [scoffs] Please! You're as blind as a bat!
Batman: Exactly!
[Batman throws a batarang into the Riddler's throne, destroying his machine]

[Defeated, The Riddler lies among the ruins of his machine, driven insane by the surge of brain power]
The Riddler: [delirious] Why? Why can't I kill you?! Too many questions, too many questions...
Batman: Poor Edward. I had to save them both. You see, I'm both Bruce Wayne and Batman. Not because I have to be, now...because I choose to be.

[Dr. Meridian is visiting Nygma, who claims to know who Batman is, in Arkham Asylum]
Dr. Chase Meridian: Edward, it's Dr. Meridian. Chase. Do you remember me?
Edward Nygma: How could I forget?
Chase: Dr. Burton tells me you know who Batman is.
Edward: I can't tell you unless you say "please".
Chase: Edward, please. Who is Batman?
Edward: I'm Batman! [laughs manically as he flaps his arms like wings]
Chase: Your secret's safe. He is definitely a wacko.
Bruce: "Wacko". That a... technical term?
[they kiss]
Chase: Don't work too late.


  • Courage now, truth always...


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