Superhero movies are currently enjoying a great time in Hollywood with a number of big money grossing ventures released in recent past and a huge number of flicks waiting to hit the theaters in coming years which will presumably turn into blockbusters as well. But whether the time is good or bad, this genre has always been a subject of criticism for a section of "˜serious' filmmakers and actors.
Earlier this year, Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy expressed his concerns over the "˜tsunami of superhero movies' while receiving an Independent Spirit Award. In May, we heard British actor Simon Pegg referring to superhero movies as "˜childish things'. Then, veteran filmmaker William Friedkin accused the genre for ruining cinema!
These are just a few among the many negative comments uttered against superhero movies. But do these movies really deserve such harsh words? Well, The Joker's words fit perfectly as answer - WHY SO SERIOUS? These movies can definitely add to your philosophy of life and you can learn good things if you really intend to. Here, we have for you a list of ten outstanding quotes from superhero movies till date that can inspire you to live a better life.
So, let's check out the quotes! The countdown begins on the next page!
No. 10 - A Quote From Batman Begins
These words from Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins were spoken out by Liam Neeson's Henri Ducard, aka Ra's Al Ghul, to Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne. You might not agree with the words on the context in which the supervillain used them - accusing Bruce's father Thomas Wayne for being responsible for not acting precisely at gunpoint which could have saved his own and his wife Martha Wayne's and his own life.
But, the truth is, life doesn't offer you situations that you are trained to handle. It often throws you to situations that you had no idea would take place. Sometimes it is the will to overcome a barrier that needs to be so strong that you get over it without having being equipped with training to deal with it.
Check out the quote that grabbed the ninth spot in our list on the following page!
No. 9 – A Quote From Mystery Men
Kinka Usher's Mystery Men was a disaster at the box-office - grossing around $33.4 million worldwide against a budget of $68 million. Frankly, there aren't many good things that can be said about the 1999 flick except this quote. Ben Stiller's Roy, aka Mr. Furious, uttered the words in the movie.
"˜Don't give up' or "˜don't quit' - there are over hundreds of ways in which this same message has been conveyed and the above quote is one of them. In almost every other superhero movies, you see superheroes managing to defeat the villainous force ultimately despite thinking of giving up at times - so the message is not something uncommon in this genre. But it's a pretty cool way of saying "˜I don't quit' and you would love saying that once you don't quit, won't you?
On the next page, the quote that holds the No. 8 spot in our list!
No. 8 - A Quote From Iron Man
These words were said by one of your favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe characters Tony Stark in the first installment of the Iron Man film series. Robert Downey Jr.'s character speaks out the words to his home computer - Just A Rather Very Intelligent System or in short, J.A.R.V.I.S. - voiced by Paul Bettany.
This teaches us something pretty similar to what Ra's Al Ghul taught us in the No. 10 quote. Life doesn't always offer you the situations that you are trained for and sometimes you don't get enough time to test yourself before facing these situations. All you have to do is to attempt to do something for the first time, something that is steps ahead of what you have attempted in the past.
The next one in our list is a quote from Spider-Man! Hit 5!
No. 7 – A Quote From Spider-Man
This quote from Sam Raimi's 2003 flick Spider-Man grabs the seventh spot in our list. These words were uttered by Cliff Robertson's Ben Parker, aka Uncle Ben, to Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker in the movie after he attained superpowers following the SPIDER-BITE event! In the ending part of the movie, the words are repeated in Peter Parker's voiceover:
"Whatever life holds in store for me, I will never forget these words: "˜With great power comes great responsibility.' This is my gift, my curse. Who am I? I’m Spider-man."
Well, you don't attain incredible superpowers like superheroes do in the movie but you do attain certain real life powers, and obviously not in such incredible ways as the superheroes do. Whatever be the nature of your power, there is always a responsibility accompanied with it. The greater the power, the greater is the responsibility on your shoulders.
On the next page, the quote that earned the sixth spot in our list!
No. 6 - A Quote From The Green Hornet
These words from Michel Gondry's 2011 flick The Green Hornet grab the sixth spot in our list of best quotes from superhero movies. Even though the movie succeeded to bag a $100 million more from the box-office than its budget, almost everything about the movie was disappointing. And these words uttered by Seth Rogen's lead character Britt Reid are among the very few memorable things from the movie.
We are so concerned about death at times that we forget to live. We just tend to pass our days sunk in worries and anxiety. Death is inevitable - so we should actually be worried about not living the days that we have in our hands. That's the simple message conveyed by the quote. The Green Hornet was not a typical superhero movie, and neither is this quote from the movie among the general messages conveyed by superhero movies - for which, actually, it is topped the bottom half of our list.
The next one is a quote by none other than the Caped Crusader! Hit 7!
No. 5 – A Quote From The Dark Knight
These words were said by Christian Bale's Batman to Gary Oldman's Commissioner James Gordon in the second installment of Nolan's Batman trilogy – The Dark Knight. The words are spoken out at the ending scene of the movie.
This quote isn't actually a denial of Batman to what the truth is, but his willingness to go beyond it. You would say that the truth is always the best option to pick, but it isn't actually always the case. Sometimes telling the truth can be so destructive that it damages the faith of a person or a group of people. Sometimes you need to conceal the truth so that people can breathe comfortably. In this movie, it was Batman who sacrificed his image under the cover of lies so that people of Gotham do not get to know the true face of their hero Harvey Dent, which if they knew would have shattered their faith.
On the next page - a quote from the X-Men Universe!
No. 4 – A Quote from X-Men: Days of Future Past
This sentence was uttered by Patrick Stewart's Charles Xavier, aka Professor X, in last year's mega blockbuster from the X-Men Universe - X-Men: Days of Future Past. The words were said twice in the Bryan Singer venture, first to Hugh Jackman's Wolverine and then to the younger version of Charles Xavier played by James McAvoy.
We all stumble in our way - sometimes we lose our path and lose ourselves. And that happens because we are human beings after all - not angels or demons. So, when someone has lost their path in life, it doesn't mean that they cannot be brought back on track. "Sometimes, we all need a little help" - this is the set of words that follow the above sentence.
On the next page starts the top 3 in our list!
No. 3 - A Quote From Batman Begins
In the opening installment of Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, we found Linus Roache's Thomas Wayne uttering these words to the young Bruce Wayne played by Gus Lewis. Later, Michael Caine's Alfred Pennyworth repeated the words to Christian Bale's adult Bruce in the 2005 flick.
This quote is quite similar to the one you read in the last page - the one from X-Men: Days of Future Past. The only difference is that while that one motivates you to help someone who's lost, this one motivates you to help yourself when you are down. It motivates you to not get depressed when you've fallen, rather to realize that this fall is a part of life and it is meant to teach you to stand back on your feet.
On the next page - the second best in our list!
No. 2 - A Quote From The Dark Knight Rises
Even though The Dark Knight Rises made more money in the box-office than Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, many would say it wasn't as good as its predecessors. Whatever it is, we are not going to talk further about that here, but what we would is talk about this quote from the 2012 flick uttered by none other than the Caped Crusader.
You don't need to have superpowers, or wear a cape and a cowl or turn yourself into a crime fighting vigilante to be a hero. Doing something to help the ones in need can make you a hero. And that something can be a very little thing, a very simple thing for you to do, but it will be a strong enough to let the one you helped believe that the good still exists in this world.
The best of the best - on the next page!
No. 1 – A Quote From Spider-Man 2
This quote from the second installment of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man film series tops our list of best quotes on life from superhero movies. The words were said to Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker by May Parker, aka Aunt May, played by Rosemary Harris.
These lines, just like the ones you found in the last page, offer a definition to heroism beyond fighting crime on streets. Heroism is about honesty, kindness, and sacrifice - it is a blend of those simple qualities.
Which one's your favorite quote on life from superhero movies? Do share via comments!