‘Superhero’ month: Batman quote of the day


Over the coming week I will be looking back on Batman’s most memorable scenes and quotes.

This quote comes from Alfred’s explanation to Bruce Wayne that sometimes, some men cannot be bargained with, The Joker is that man!

The picture represents the true nature of Heath Ledger’s Joker, just after taking a beating from Batman in a fruitless interrogation, that the Joker controls, he remains unwavering from his reign of chaos. The quote fits the picture perfectly.

Bruce Wayne: 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.

Alfred Pennyworth: You crossed the line first, sir. You squeezed them, you hammered them to the point of desperation. And in their desperation, they turned to a man they didn’t fully understand.

Bruce Wayne: Criminals aren’t complicated, Alfred. Just have to figure out what he’s after.

Alfred Pennyworth: With respect Master Wayne, perhaps this is a man that *you* don’t fully understand, either. A long time ago, I was in Burma. My friends and I were working for the local government. They were trying to buy the loyalty of tribal leaders by bribing them with precious stones. But their caravans were being raided in a forest north of Rangoon by a bandit. So, we went looking for the stones. But in six months, we never met anybody who traded with him. One day, I saw a child playing with a ruby the size of a tangerine. The bandit had been throwing them away.

Bruce Wayne: So why steal them?

Alfred Pennyworth: Well, because he thought it was good sport. Because 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.

What’s your favourite Batman movie quote?

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2 responses to “‘Superhero’ month: Batman quote of the day

  1. Well I think the obvious one is “Why so serious?” I think that one sums up the Joker’s existence – that it doesn’t matter about the morality of your actions and how you live, but all you need to do is have fun (in whatever sick, twisted way he defines “fun”).

    • He has no respect for anything or anyone, in The Dark Knight there is something to admire in a sick way of how he argues the unfairness of many of the facets of ‘order’. its why he is equally as frightening as he is admirable and somehow compelling. Great comment Livi.

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