13 Best Batman Quotes: Why So Serious?

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The Dark Knight character has dominated headlines since the announcement that it will be Ben Affleck as Batman in Zack Snyder's Batman vs. Superman. We look back at 13 of the franchise's great quotes. 

From when Michael Keaton gave us the franchise starting line, "I am Batman," to Heath Ledger's iconic villain uttering, "Why so serious?" the world of Batman has found itself ingrained in pop culture forever. 

Click through and check out our 13 favorite Batman quotes and then see how it all began with Christopher Nolan's classic origins story and watch Batman Begins online.

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Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now...and so we'll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he's not a hero. He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector...a dark knight.

Lt. James Gordon

Wanna know how I got these scars? My father was....a drinker. And a fiend. And one night he goes off crazier than usual. Mommy gets the kitchen knife to defend herself. He doesn't like that. Not. One. Bit. So, me watching, he takes the knife to her, laughing while he does it. Turns to me and he says "Why so serious?" Comes at me with the knife,"Why so serious?" He sticks the blade in my mouth. "Lets put a smile on that face!" And..... Why so serious?

The Joker