I remember seeing a lot of comments – from professional reviewers and fans on social media – criticizing The Batman to be humorless, which I immediately balked at. Matt Reeves’ reimagining of the DC Comics superhero can be, like the titular character, extremely dark and brooding, but there are some good jokes in there if you look hard enough. In fact, I was able to compile funny scenes from each of the live-action Batman movies theatrically released so far, starting with the one that actually had a lot of great examples to choose from.
“Some days you just can’t get rid of a bomb” – Batman: The Movie (1966)
When choosing the scene to present batman: the movie – as much a gloriously goofy parody of comic books of the era as the TV show it’s derived from – I considered the part where the Caped Crusader (the late Adam West) uses shark repellant to ward off the gnaw his leg as he hangs from the Bat-Copter.
However, I couldn’t help but go with an even crazier and much-quoted moment, when he frantically tries to find a safe place to stash a comedy bomb on a crowded dock. With obstacles like a pair of nuns, a marching band, or a family of ducks at every turn, a frustrated Batman seriously whispers, “Some days you just can’t get rid of a bomb,” before coming up with a solution by no time. time.
Joker shoots Bob – Batman (1989)
Jack Nicholson might be the best Joker actor to strike a really fun balance between the villain’s lighter and darker sides, and that Tim Burton moment. Batman is the maximum proof. After Michael Keaton’s Dark Knight interrupts the Clown Prince of Crime’s Gotham Parade by stealing balloons filled with Smylex gas, the frustrated Joker asks Bob (Tracey Walter) to hand him his gun, which he then uses to shoot the jerk and said to the others, “I’m going to need a minute or two alone, guys. Whether his request for solitude is due to a loss for his ‘number one guy’ or for the balloons, the deadpan delivery of that last line cements this as a shining example of dark comedy.
Catwoman tricks Batman into a rooftop duel – Batman Returns (1992)
Despite all of Michael Keaton’s best moments in the cape and cowl, he did make a few mistakes in his day, like in Return of Batman. After knocking down Michelle Pfeiffer’s dangerous Catwoman, who then scolds him for hitting a woman, he stops to apologize before she jumps back without missing a beat, nearly sending him falling off the side of the building if not for his whip to cling to, then tells her that as a woman, she cannot be taken for granted.
Between the mere idea of Batman letting his guard down so quickly against an enemy of any gender to Catwoman’s iconic line, “Life is a bitch and now so am I”, I think the two are tied together for the most hilarious moment in the following.
Choosing Joel Schumacher’s funniest scene batman forever seems like a no-brainer with Jim Carrey in the cast, but his Riddler doesn’t actually appear at the moment which makes me laugh the most. It would be then that Chris O’Donnell’s Robin pays homage to his 60s predecessor, Burt Ward, exclaiming “Holy Rusted Metal, Batman!” – which turns out to be an observation that the ground surrounding Riddler and Two-Face’s island hideout is made of rusty metal and is “full of holes”.
However, I must also give honorable mention to one man’s over-enthusiastic reaction to Val Kilmer’s epic and heartbreaking entrance to Edward Nygma’s gala.
All Mr. Freeze’s All-Ice Puns – Batman & Robin (1997)
As for Joel Schumacher’s second crack at a DC movie, I can’t pick a single funny moment. Each of the increasingly ridiculous puns thrown around by Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze in batman and robin – from “What killed the dinosaurs?” Ice Age!” to “Let’s kick some ice!” – is pure comedy gold. In fact, I think if there’s a reason to watch the temporary franchise killer otherwise reviled by critics, it is indeed this one.
“Nice Coat” – Batman Begins (2005)
The film that revived the franchise was, of course, Christopher Nolan’s batman beginswhich chose to go in the completely opposite direction of its predecessor by incorporating little to no humor at all.
Still, there’s an endearing moment of levity as Christian Bale’s vigilante introduces himself to Carmine Falcone (Tom Wilkinson) before knocking him out, then spots a homeless passerby (Rade Serbedzija) and compliments his coat. The reason for Batman’s admiration for this stranger’s coat is that it once belonged to him before a young Bruce Wayne traded it for his jacket after being kicked out of Falcone’s restaurant.
Reese tries to blackmail Bruce Wayne – The Dark Knight (2008)
Ironically, the only Christopher Nolan episode Black Knight The trilogy starring The Joker is the one least appreciated for its humorous moments, especially with an Oscar-winning performance by Heath Ledger that’s far more scary than funny.
However, I remember hearing big laughs from the crowd when Wayne Enterprises employee Coleman Reese (Joshua Harto) revealed to Lucius Fox (Morgan Fox) that he realized Bruce Wayne was Batman when he found plans for the Tumbler and wanted $10 a year. million silent payment. Of course, his plan is foiled when Fox helps him realize that blackmailing an individual of such wealth, power, and hand-to-hand combat skills may not be at his best. interest.
“So It Does” – The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
The recurring gag that fans of the Black Knight The trilogy can’t get enough of Batman’s disappearing act, which is why it was such a pleasant surprise to see the tables turn against him – not to mention, foiled by Catwoman in a movie again – in The dark knight rises. In the middle of a conversation with Selina Kyle, Anne Hathaway’s cat, Christian Bale’s Caped Crusader turns to find her gone without a trace and can’t help but express bewilderment that she now has something like that in common with Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman).
“I’m a Friend of Your Son” – Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
The defining characteristic of Ben Affleck’s Batman – which some say puts him above even Christian Bale – is his relentlessly brutal fighting style which he gloriously stages in order to save Clark Kent’s mother, Martha Kent ( Diane Lane), in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
He introduces himself to her as her son’s friend, which she claims could have guessed by the fact that, like Superman (Henry Cavill), he also wears a cape. Still, what I find particularly funny about the scene is how Batman calls himself his son’s friend an hour or so after trying to kill him.
Bruce Tells Barry About His Superpower – Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)
I remember batman versus superman being another movie that took some heat for being too serious and I wouldn’t be surprised if it had anything to do with why Zack Snyder and co. would lighten up Ben Affleck’s iteration a bit later. A key example from the 2017 theatrical version of Justice League and the Snyder Cut is when Barry “The Flash” Allen (Ezra Miller) asks Bruce Wayne what makes him a superhero, to which he replies, “I’m rich.” Despite the many other aspects of Batman’s heroism and skill, Batfans are generally inclined to respond the same way when asked this question.
Batman Finds Riddler’s “USB Drive” – The Batman (2022)
Speaking of movies that have been criticized for being too serious, with all due respect, I think those who didn’t find anything amusing in them The Batman have nothing to blame but their own lack of appreciation for dark comedy. Then again, the sight of a thumb drive attached to the missing thumb of Gotham City’s deceased mayor – which Paul Dano’s extremely troubled Riddler leaves to Dark Knight and Robert Pattinson’s Lt. Jim Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) – is pretty gruesome no no matter how clever the joke may be.
So contrary to popular belief, if you’re in the mood for a Batman who can make you smile or laugh with you, there are more places to watch than, say, The LEGO Batman Movie.