In our article, we list 4 important Batman lines from Batman: The Animated Series. With the passing of the late Kevin Conroy, the series is a good opportunity to celebrate his work.
Below, you can read our Top 4 Batman lines from the series.
4. “TWO-FACE PART II” (1992)
In Batman: The Animated Series, the Caped Crusader pulls all the stops to save his friends, even hardened criminals. What makes the show stand out, is Batman’s realism and resolve. Before Batman goes on the BatCycle to apprehend Two-Face, he has a conversation with Alfred. In a poignant moment, Batman says: “I still feel that somewhere inside that monster is my old friend.” Touching that Bruce still believes in Harvey Dent’s humanity.
3. “HEART OF ICE” (1992)
In Season 1: Episode 3, Batman faces one of his iconic villains: Mister Freeze. In “Heart of Ice,” Mister Freeze seeks vengeance for the death of his wife. In the denouement, Batman answers vengeance with justice by destroying the villain’s suit. Remarkably, one of Conroy’s best lines: “No. Justice. A year ago, Ferris Boyle interrupted an experiment and in the process destroyed two lives. Here’s the evidence. Good night… “humanitarian.””
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Among Batman’s villains Man-Bat may be the darkest and most ominous. Though the parallels are striking, what separates Bruce from Dr. Langstrom, is the latter’s scientific madness. Here, Batman has to quickly change into Bruce for an interview: “Hey! What’s up, doc?”
1. “JOKER’S WILD” (1992)
Certainly, Joker is Batman’s nemesis. These two enemies have been dancing a deadly game since Batman (1940) #1. One way to really defeat Joker is to play his emotions and trick him. Here, Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill play it to perfection: “He’s counting on you to blow this place up so he can collect the insurance. By the time you get clear, Kaiser will be miles away, laughing at you.”
When Ra’s Al Ghul‘s assassins fire at them, they escape inside the temple. There, Dinah finds the weapons and explosives of her mission. Then, Bane decides to explode the temple and the Lazarus Pit which resurrects Ra’s. When Bane makes advances, Black Canary knees him in the groin and escapes.
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TV: BANE ONCE FOUGHT SUPERMAN IN DISGUISE AS BATMAN
In Superman: The Animated Series, Henry Silva reprises the role for Bane from Batman: The Animated Series. In Knight Time, Bane teams up with Riddler and the Mad Hatter. Together they intend to rule Gotham City under Batman’s absence.
Under disguise as Batman, Superman teams-up with Robin against the villains. Despite a stronger version of his Venom, Bane is no match for Superman. Though he lands a few blows, Superman defeats him by knockout. Then, he pulls the tube out of Bane’s head.
FILM: IN THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, BANE WAS TRAINED BY THE LEAGUE OF SHADOWS
In the comics, Bane was a prisoner in Peña Duro prison who survived the Venom experiment. But in the Dark Knight Rises, Bane was trained by the League of Shadows. In addition, Bane was the protector of Talia Al Ghul. In a prison in the Middle East, Bane, Ra’s and Talia Al Ghul were held prisoners in the Pit. After Bane protected Talia, he helped her escape.
However, the prisoners attacked him and he suffered serious injuries on his face. Later, Bane was rescued by Ra’s and trained by the League of Shadows. Because of his injuries, Bane was forced to wear a mask that pumped gas into his face. However, Ra’s excommunicated him because of his extremism. After Ra’s death, Talia took over the League and reinstated Bane. Together, they sought to finish her father’s work in destroying Gotham.
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Over his long storied history, Batman has been incarnated in various media: comic, live-action series and movies, video games, radio and more. Importantly, what has seized the fans’ imagination seems to have been the Dark Knight’s tortured but disciplined humanity.
Though Batman may have demons, he always seems to come out on top. And he always comes to a battle prepared with ten moves ahead.
However, Batman seems to consistently outperform metahumans, gods and cosmic beings. What is Batman’s formidability in battles?
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In his titanic battles, Batman has out-performed DC powerhouses.
And at the same time, he has struggled with his rogues and criminal masterminds.
Two factors that seem to determine the outcome of Batman’s fights is preparation and the level of unpredictability.
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BEST: BATMAN: HUSH (2002-2003)
Collects Batman #608-619
Rating: 5 out of 5.
Dialogue: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.
Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.
Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.
Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.
In Batman: Hush, the Dark Knight must recover the Lamont ransom. To this end, the comic features a who is who of Batman’s rogues. And the Dark Knight races to uncover the identity of the masked villain who threatens the Bat-family.
Perhaps, one of the most popular Batman story arcs in recent memory. With superstar talent from writer Jeph Loeb and artist Jim Lee, Hush is one of the greatest Batman graphic novels. In addition, Superman appears in issues #611 and #612. Also, witness Batman vs Killer Croc.
To sum, the dialogue serves the ambiance of mystery and thriller characteristic of the best detective stories. In part cryptic, and in part terrifying, the dialogue heightens the comic.
Certainly, it is a strong part of the comic and the narration helps point important moments and their urgency.
Generally, Hush has a stellar plot though with some great themes. Indeed, the central theme in the graphic novel is Batman’s failure to protect Jason Todd, the second Robin.
Though the first part of the arc is its strongest, the big reveal of the masked villain at the end may feel contrived. In addition, the resolution leaves some plot holes unanswered. Overall, the plot is focused and brilliant as a detective story.
Perhaps, the most faithful aspect of the comic. Really, Jeph Loeb’s characterization is top-notch. For the most part, heroes and villains act in character.
In addition, Batman’s budding romance with Catwoman is left unresolved though with an indication the villain may know more than she seemed. However, other rogues only appear for fan service. Notably, Joker is not fully developed in the story.
When the series debuted in 2002, the creative team was its strongest selling point. As matter of fact, Jim Lee’s art is legendary in this comic. In Superman: For Tomorrow, the artist continued on the work started here.
Really, Batman: Hush has been one of the most successful Batman comics in years.
With action, mystery and romance, comic collectors love this story. Definitely, this storyline is one of the greatest Batman stories.
Definitely, collect the story arc in single issues or graphic novel in paperback format.
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ROBIN LATE ON A MISSION LEADS TO A SNOWBALL EFFECT: BATMAN FIRES HIM
“Nightwing: Year One” is a tape recording Nightwing sends through Batgirl to Batman about his decision to go solo. In the tape, Nightwing tells his story from his perspective about his departure from Batman. In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #101, Nightwing begins his story. He tells that the event that snowballed his dismissal has been his recurrent late tardies on missions. In fact, he had been struggling with school, his work with the Titans and his responsibilities as Robin.
Suddenly, Robin arrives and realizes Batman is protecting a child from Clayface. Apparently, the situation was the result of a domestic dispute. In reality, the baby was Clayface’s baby. Asked to watch the baby, Robin rejects Batman’s order and goes after Clayface. Eventually, Robin defeats Clayface and the baby is returned to the mother. Back at the Batcave, Alfred welcomes Batman and Robin and goes to make some peanut butter and marshmallow cream on toast. Vociferously, Bruce tells Robin needs to be totally devoted and that he is Batman’s lieutenant. Angrily, Batman fires Robin. Robin departs leaving behind his new costume.
In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #101, Nightwing late on mission to an argument with Batman, then his firing. AP Photo/DC Comics.
BRIDGE ONE: ROBIN MEETS WITH SUPERMAN TO TAKE UP THE NIGHTWING MANTLE
In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #102, Robin starts building bridges in order to start his solo career. Seeking to come out of the shadows into the light, Dick meets with Clark Kent at the Daily Planet. Lois Lane is curious about who Richard Grayson is. Interestingly, she does some digging and finds out he is the adopted relative of billionnaire Bruce Wayne. Clark’s and Dicks conversation is cut short by police reports. Clark changes to Superman while Dick rushes to the scene with a hoodie, jumping on rooftops. On the scene, Superman meets with two terrorists who want to prevent the then current presidential election.
Superman manages to stop the first terrorist by removing in the air and destroying the bomb that was strapped to him with his heat vision. Meanwhile, Dick apprehends the second one and when he jumps down a building to prevent the bomb from detonating, Superman saves him and and catches the other terrorist. Back at the Fortress of Solitude, Dick and Superman have a discussion. Asked for advice, Superman tells Dick his inspiration for his crime-fighting is a Kryponian hero named Nightwing. Since Dick is committed to remaining a superhero and one day becoming Batman, Superman tells him to find his own “place of solitude.”1
In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #102, Superman tells Dick Grayson about the story of the Kryptonian hero named Nightwing.. AP Photo/DC Comics.
BRIDGE TWO: ROBIN BECOMES NIGHTWING AND ANNOUNCES IT TO COMMISSIONER GORDON
In ‘Nightwing (2005) #103, Robin announces his new Nightwing code name to Commissioner Gordon. AP Photo/DC Comics.
BRIDGE THREE: NIGHTWING AND BATGIRL PROMOTE HIS NEW SOLO CAREER
In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #104, Nightwing and Batgirl are on a date to promote his new solo career. After announcing to Commissioner Gordon, Nightwing debuts his solo career by apprehending thugs on the streeets of Gotham City. However, he is being watched. When Nightwing finds himself in a difficult situation, Batgirl intervenes riding a Batcycle. In reality, she is Batman’s informant. Nevertheless, Nightwing and Batgirl attempt to rekindle their romance.
Then, they decide to announce Nightwing’s solo career to the criminal elements in Gotham City. At Arkham Asylum, Nightwing roughs up Joker to put him on notice. At a strip club, both heroes take down wanted felons and seem to be having fun. They even head out to Penguin’s nightclub and send the GCPD on his tail. Nightwing shows he wants to build bridges within the superhero community and be better than Batman.
In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #104, Nightwing and Batgirl promote his solo career by taking down wanted felons. AP Photo/DC Comics.
BRIDGE FOUR: NIGHTWING AND THE NEW ROBIN TEAM-UP TO TAKE DOWN KILLER CROC AND SAVE ALFRED
In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #105, the philosophical differences between Batman and Nightwing are clear. Batman does not trust his proteges and wants to control them. However, Nightwing is optimistic and believes in teaching and passing down his knowledge and skills to his proteges, friends and teammates. When Batman decides to test Jason Todd, he disguises himself as a villain and Alfred as Two-Face. Unfortunately, as they drive in Gotham City to their destination, Batman is hurt and Alfred is captured by Killer Crocs henchmen.
Jason Todd meets Nightwing and prepares to fight him thinking it is a gauntlet. However, Batman contacts Nightwing and Robin telling them it is not a gauntlet. He tells them to find Alfred somewhere on the estuary. In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #106, the conflict finds its resolution. Nightwing and Robin team-up to find Alfred and take down Killer Croc and his henchmen. As the Bat-family reconvenes at the Batcave, Nightwing sends Batman a tape. There, he tells him about his decision to go solo. The following day, Batman sends Dick his new Nightwing costume with a letter showing his support.
In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #106, Nightwing and the new Robin team-up to take down Killer Croc and save Alfred. AP Photo/DC Comics.
JOKER SENDS A LETTER TO COMMISSIONER GORDON FOR HIS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION GASSED WITH JOKER VENOM
In ‘Batman’ (1980) #321, Joker sends Commissioner Gordon a letter with no return address at the GCPD gassed with Joker Venom. The letter is an invitation to Joker’s birthday celebration with the etiquette being “black ties optional, funny hats mandatory.”1 Immediately, the police officers at the precinct start laughing and fall on the floor.
Joker makes his clown entry into the GCPD precinct. He asks for “a rousing round of applause.”1 At this time, Batman swings around the precinct perimeter. Noticing the hysteria around the building he concludes Joker has used Joker Venom and equips himself with a respirator. Then, he crashes into the precinct window.
JOKER KIDNAPS COMMISSIONER GORDON, ROBIN (DICK GRAYSON) AND ALFRED
Batman quickly fights Joker’s henchmen remarking that Joker still hires muscle men that are “inept.”1 He makes short work of them, but notices Joker has escaped. Batman runs out on the street and sees the Jokermobile with Joker escaping with Commissioner Gordon. Batman laments that he hasn’t “got a prayer of catching them.”1 The police officers exclaim that the Joker has got Commissioner Gordon “too.” Batman finds out from them that he was called because earlier the Joker kidnapped Robin in New Carthage.
Switching to Bruce Wayne’s penthouse, Alfred who is hosting Selina Kyle a.k.a. Catwoman and Lucius Fox, notices footsteps on the roof and thinks it is Batman. Instead, there is an explosion. Joker and his henchmen arrive. Catwoman attempts to fight off Joker but is knocked out by Joker’s boxing glove sprawling from a bouquet of flowers. Joker and his henchmen escape with Alfred aboard his balloon. Batman arrives on the scene, wakes Selina Kyle and greets her.
JOKER’S EXTRAVAGANT PLAN TO CELEBRATE HIS BIRTHDAY
In the Clown Prince of Crime’s “hidden Ha-Hacienda”, Joker reveals to his captives his extravagant plan for his birthday celebration.1 Joker sets up his “victim-go-round” to kill all his sworn enemies “while all Gotham City watches” as celebration for his birthday.1
As Joker revels in his plan, his henchmen laugh with him, save one called Sidney. He intimidates Sidney and then shoots him with a spear-gun that shoots the message: “BANG You’re Dead.”1 Robin shocked by the Joker’s sick jokes exclaims he is out of his mind.
Robin asks Joker where he will find an audience willing to watch the murder. Joker shows “the late edition” of the Gotham Gazette.1 It contains an invitation to the Harlequin Baking Company to see its wares.
Batman watching individuals on the street deciding to go to the event notes “the Joker has finally made his first mistake” since the Harlequin Baking Company doesn’t exist.1
BATMAN SAVES JOKER’S SWORN ENEMIES ON THE CLOWN PRINCE OF CRIME’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
A crowd gathers at the Harlequin Baking Company. As the crowd congregates and sits down, Joker gasses them with Joker Venom. Lights go out. Then, Joker appears with his captives on stage. Each is tied to an incendiary candle on a cake. Once Joker presses the detonator in front of him, each “will burn brightly”, Joker will make a wish then blow them up.
Batman arrives and surrenders to the Joker in exchange for the captives’ lives. Joker says he lied, ties Batman to an incendiary candle. However, Batman ejects himself by pressing a button since he rigged his candles incendiary jets, unties himself and throws his batarangs at the captives’ ropes. Meanwhile, Joker presses the detonator. The captives are saved in time. Robin goes after Joker’s henchmen. Batman goes after Joker who escapes.
BATMAN DUELS WITH JOKER ON A GETAWAY BOAT
As Batman is in pursuit, Joker is headed for the docks. Joker boards his getaway boat while Batman uses the boat’s harness rope to jet-ski holding up to the boat as it speeds on the waters. Batman finally boards the boat. Batman avoids the Joker’s squirting flower, takes him down only to be met with a flying kick.
With the Joker no longer helming the wheel, the boat is out of control, headed for the shoals. Batman attempts to convince Joker to abandon ship, only to fall into the waters tricked by Joker’s “phony-hand-up-the-sleeve gag.”1 The duel ends up in an explosion. Batman survives only to hope with Robin and Commissioner Gordon that it is the last of the Joker.