Not long ago, we brought you some of the worst lines to ever grace the comic book movie screens. Sometimes you forget just how bad some of those movies really are. But with the bad, there is always some good, which is why I’m here today. There are plenty of great lines out there, so it was hard to narrow this list down to even this many. Some are iconic and are recognizable by not only comic book fans, but by the general movie-going audience.
Before I go on, let me say that these are really not in any particular order. I’d be sitting arguing with myself for hours if I tried to figure that out, but not only that, the wrath of the furious fan-boys is too much for me to handle on my own.
Robert Downey Jr./Tony Stark in The Avengers
“We have a Hulk.”
You’re right, there are many lines in this movie that could make this list and several have. When this line first arrived in one of the trailers for The Avengers, fans nearly went nuts with excitement. The line is short, yes, but one of the most effective and fear inducing you’ll come across, as Loki now knows. This one will easily go down as one of the top lines from any comic book movie, let alone any movie genre.
Jack Nicholson/Joker in Batman
“Tell me something, my friend. You ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?”
I think we all know that the Joker is a tad of kilter and one of his means of defense it his wit that he makes you think he lacks. So when he comes at you with a line like this, it’s bound to take you off guard. As weird as it may sound, it was kind of nice hearing such a poetic line come from one such as the Joker. It may also be a great pick-up line, I’m not sure yet.
Christian Bale/Batman in Batman Begins
“I won’t kill you, but I don’t have to save you.”
You were expecting that line about a mask and being underneath it and whatnot weren’t you? Too obvious. What I like about this line is that it sums up quite nicely all that Batman stands for, both on film and in the comics. He knows what has to be done and is willing to do it. Batman could very easily have saved R’as al Ghul, but know that the madness would only have continued if he let him live, he made a choice. Short, but very poignant.
Christopher Reeve/Superman & Terrence Stamp/General Zod in Superman II
Superman: “General, care to step outside?”
General Zod: “Come to me, son of Jor-El, kneel before Zod!”
A two-for-one special right here! When folks found out that Zod would be returning as the villain for the upcoming Man of Steel movie, the first question people wanted answered was whether or not this line would be included. I think this line is so important because no one, no one, talks to Superman like that and gets away with it. But let’s not look past Superman’s line there. This is one of those lines that when it is delivered viewers get that little shiver of excitement that something really awesome is about to happen. And sure enough, it did. To this day, the climactic battle in theis film where Superman takes on Zod and his troop is among the top fight sequences of any comic book movie and that line started it all.
Hugo Weaving/V in V for Vendetta
“Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof.”
A political statement if there ever was one. In a film that is one giant anti-government ad, it’s hard to find one statement that really stands out and this one does. A lot. An idea is more than just a man, it’s an unstoppable force and once that ball gets rolling, there is nothing that can stop it. A similar idea has recently been brought up by director Christopher Nolan in regards to Batman, that he is more a symbol than just a single man and that idea can live on as long as someone is willing to take up the mantle. Powerful stuff right there, kids.
Hugh Jackman/Wolverine & James Marsden/Cyclops in X-Men
Wolverine: Hey! It’s me.
Cyclops: Prove it!
Wolverine: You’re a dick.
Any fans of the X-Men comics know that Wolverine and Cyclops have no love loss between them. The two have been vying for the same woman for decades now and the writers of this film had to find a way to incorporate that relationship into the films. This was a great way to show that off while also including some pretty good humor into a rather tense moment of the film and foreshadow more of these “confrontations” that would occur in future films.
Heath Ledger/Joker in The Dark Knight
“And… here… we… go!”
Heath Ledger’s version of the Joker is arguable one of the best villains to ever show up in a comic book film, quite possible in any genre of film. He was dark sadistic and unrelenting. He had numerous lines in this film that were amazing, but I think this line and scene really sum up who the Joker is. You get built up to a potentially explosive (literally) scene only to have nothing happen and Joker is visibly frustrated by the results. Fans of the comis know this happens often and Nolan captured that perfectly.
Chris Evans/Captain America in The Avengers
“There’s only one God, ma’am, and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t dress like that.”
We started out with The Avengers and we’re going to end with them too. Cap is man stuck out of time and the era he comes from is always depicted as a wholesome, almost naive society. Joss Whedon and his crew did a fantastic job at getting this across to audiences and it was because of lines like this. Despite the circumstances, Cap is never afraid to show what he stands for and that he is willing to stand up for those beliefs. In this case, it’s the fact that Loki and Thor dress funny. Iron Man confirms this about 5 minutes later with another hilarious line involving your mother’s drapes.
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