As one of the most light-hearted Batman movies ever produced, Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin (1997) is filled with fun dialogue. From Batman’s “the heat is on”, to Mr. Freeze’s “stay cool, bird boy”, the film is loaded with killer quotes and instantly repeatable lines.

But what are the best Batman & Robin movie quotes? What are the choice snippets of dialogue that become zingers the more frequently they are uttered?

Below are the top eight quotes from Batman & Robin. With each quote I have included a little background information to highlight why this line stands out from the crowd.

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The partnership is straining

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As Batman & Robin opens, the movie requires a line that highlights the tone of the film.

The quote

Robin: “I want a car. Chicks dig the car.”

Batman: “This is why Superman works alone.”

Why this exchange is awesome

This exchange works on three levels: The line about “chicks” digging the car is a call back to a similar line in Batman Forever (1995); the tone of the exchange is playful like the rest of the movie; and it establishes an undercurrent in Batman and Robin’s partnership. This last part becomes very important for the story that follows.

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Arnie kicks ice

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If Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed up to appear in a movie, then expect Arnie-style quotes throughout the film.

The quote

Mr. Freeze: “Let’s kick some ice!”

Why this line is awesome

Mr. Freeze is Arnold Schwarzenegger and Arnold Schwarzenegger is Mr. Freeze. There’s no in between. If he’s in the movie then he’s there to kick some ass (or some ice).

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Arnie is back

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What, you expected only a few one-liners?

The quote

Mr. Freeze: “Tonight’s forecast: A freeze is coming.”

Why this line is awesome

This is another fun quote that plays up the camp nature of the movie, while allowing Arnie to chew up the screen with ice-related dialogue. It’s over the top, but that’s how the whole movie plays out.

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Cold cuts

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When it comes to Batman & Robin, the general rule of thumb is: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. More Arnie, more killer lines.

The quote

Mr. Freeze: “If revenge is a dish best served cold, then put on your Sunday finest.”

Why this line is awesome

Arnie is having so much fun playing Mr. Freeze. The character might not be the Mr. Freeze that Bat-fans asked for, but it’s a Freeze that Arnie really enjoys playing and he throws himself into each line.

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Ice is the order of the day

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Emotions? What emotions?

The quote

Mr. Freeze: “In this universe, there is only one absolute. Everything freezes.”

Why this line is awesome

To ensure Mr. Freeze is seen to be one cold customer, he is given a line like this which effectively tells the audience he doesn’t care about anything. He is frozen-hearted and can not be easily reasoned with.

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Sisters are doing for themselves

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While Mr. Freeze gets the lion’s share of the best lines, Poison Ivy isn’t far behind.

The quote

Poison Ivy: “As I told Lady Freeze, when I pulled her plug, this is a one-woman show.”

Why this line is awesome

With Poison Ivy in full vamp mode, the character is able to demonstrate her ability to be the meanest villain in the movie. By the end of the picture, Mr. Freeze will have redeemed himself, while Poison Ivy won’t, and this line demonstrates she has no compassion or interest in anyone but herself.

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Tempting offer

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Ivy knows how to work a room.

The quote

Poison Ivy: “Some lucky boy’s about to hit the honey pot. The winner will receive an evening of my company. I’ll bring everything you see here, plus everything you don’t.”

Why this line is awesome

This line is a fine example of Ivy’s confidence. She sees herself as a prize; she believes her company is the best; and she feels she has more to offer than what is on display. She has moxy and that makes for a formidable villain.

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A case of the ex

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And finally, it needs to be stated that Batman makes bad choices when it comes to women.

The quote

Batman: “Why are all the gorgeous ones homicidal maniacs? Is it me?”

Why this line is awesome

This is a great line, because it acts as a call back to Batman’s relationship with Catwoman in Batman Returns (1992). It is also a nice reminder to audiences that while Bruce Wayne picks girlfriends which have a future, Batman will forever get close to bad girls.

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Quote unquote

Those are the eight best quotes from Batman & Robin, but there are still some lines that deserve an honourable mention. The following three are some of my personal favourites from the movie, that didn’t make the cut – and yes, these lines are all delivered by Mr. Freeze.

First up, while threatening the Dynamic Duo, Mr. Freeze teaches a history lesson…

Mr. Freeze: “What killed the dinosaurs? The Ice Age!”

Second, Mr. Freeze makes it perfectly clear he is not going to pay for his crimes…

Mr. Freeze: “You’re not sending me to the cooler!”

And finally, just in case it’s not clear who he is, Mr. Freeze introduces himself in a very aggressive way…

Mr. Freeze: “Allow me to break the ice: My name is Freeze. Learn it well, for it’s the chilling sound of your doom.”

However you cut it, Mr. Freeze means business.

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So, what is your favourite quote from Batman & Robin? Is it a Mr. Freeze line listed above, or do you have a quote from another character you would like to share? Sound off in the comments section.

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