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I recently saw a quote online where Batman a.k.a Bruce Wayne says the following to Superman:

If you tell them to fight, they will fight. But they need to be inspired. And let's face it "Superman", the last time when you really inspired anyone was when you were dead.

Has Batman ever said this, or anything similar to this, to Superman in the comics? If yes, what story-line (comic issue) did this occur in?

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    Have you ever googled that sentence? It can be found online Apr 18, 2018 at 10:13
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    @XtremeBaumer argh, 12 seconds before I could finish my answer.
    – Edlothiad
    Apr 18, 2018 at 10:14
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    @XtremeBaumer well, I guess I should have googled it. My bad.
    – Shreedhar
    Apr 18, 2018 at 13:14
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    Argh! Batman is Bruce Wayne? Dude, spoilers! :)
    – Paul
    Apr 18, 2018 at 14:08
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    @Paul - ...nope, definitely not true. 100% fake news.
    – BruceWayne
    Apr 18, 2018 at 20:51

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Infinite Crisis #1 (2005)

Googling just the first two lines of the quote took me to Wikiquote, which quotes the exact same line with a slightly different amount of punctuation.

Everyone looks up to you. They listen to you. If you tell them to fight, they'll fight. But they need to be inspired. And let's face it "Superman"... the last time you really inspired anyone -- was when you were dead.

According to another Wikiquote page, it appears to come from Issue #1

The relevant page can be found below:

Page from the comic with the quote

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    TheLethalCarrot had found the image a couple dozen seconds before me, although this isn't clear from my edit history, which is supposedly non-existent.
    – Edlothiad
    Apr 18, 2018 at 10:20
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    Who is the character in the 3rd-to-last panel with the blue vest? Apr 18, 2018 at 14:55
  • I'm curious, what's the context here?
    – David K
    Apr 18, 2018 at 14:55
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    @DavidStarkey I believe it is Uncle Sam
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Apr 18, 2018 at 15:15
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    @DavidK For context check the link at the bottom of my answer, you can read the full comic.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Apr 18, 2018 at 15:51
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This comes from Infinite Crisis Vol 1.

Everyone looks up to you. They listen to you.
If you tell them to fight, they'll fight.

But they need to be inspired. And let's face it, "Superman"...
...the last time you really inspired anyone--

...was when you were dead.

Infinite Crisis Vol 1

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