An adaptation of the seminal DC classic tale, Batman: Hush centers on a shadowy new villain known only as Hush, who uses Gotham’s Rogues Gallery to destroy Batman’s crime-fighting career, as well as Bruce Wayne’s personal life – which has already been complicated by a relationship with Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman.
Synopsis: A mysterious villain puppeteering Gotham’s most dangerous forces leads the Dark Knight into uncharted waters in Batman: Hush, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting July 20, 2019, and on DVD, Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™ Steelbook and Blu-ray™ mini figure special edition on August 12, 2019.
Batman Hush has been one of my most anticipated movies for 2019. As a huge DC animation fan I was always going to watch this but with the source material being a personal favourite my excitement levels were even higher.
I will start my review by saying that Batman Hush is not straight page to screen adaption. The writers have taken the character, concept and essence of the famed Jeph Loeb comic and given it a different edge.
This is something I have seen criticised around social media but I feel this has been unfair. During a recent interview I had with Sam Liu I remember him saying how comic story adaptations are difficult because what works in one medium doesn’t always mean it works in another. That’s why I think Batman Hush made the right decision in crafting a new path with this movie so that it ensures it works on screen.
DC animation always manages to deliver a visual treat. Once again the animation and voice talent on hand is perfect. Wonderful imagery with some straight page to screen homages and the highest standard of combat sequences. This all complimented by a voice cast of familiar names.
If Kevin Conroy is the Batman to my youth then Jason O’Mara has become my Batman of today. He had already won me over with his performances in Death of Superman and Justice League Dark but once again delivers a pitch perfect performance. The rasp of Conroy with his own unique softness makes me crave his voice on a modern Batman video game.
The return of Jerry O’Connell as Superman and Rainn Wilson as Lex Luthor was nice to keep continuity.
Batman Hush did not blow me away the same way Batman vs TMNT did. That does not mean I didn’t enjoy the movie. I got lots of enjoyment watching this and will be re-watching it again soon. No, its not my favourite animated movie but there is still a good time to be had. Action, humor, excitement, heart and some twists that you don’t see coming. On top of that plenty of DC characters to please any comic book fan.
Batman: Hush boasts a stellar voice cast led by primetime television stars Jason O’Mara (The Man In The High Castle) and Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon A Time) as the voices of Batman/Bruce Wayne and Catwoman/Selina Kyle, respectively. The cast also includes Jerry O’Connell (Carter, Billions, Stand By Me) as Superman, Rebecca Romijn (The Librarians, X-Men) as Lois Lane, Rainn Wilson (The Office) as Lex Luthor, Vanessa Williams (Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty) as Amanda Waller, Jason Spisak (Young Justice) as Joker, Peyton List (Bunk’d, Jessie) as Batgirl & Poison Ivy, Geoffrey Arend (Madam Secretary) as the Riddler, Sean Maher (Firefly) as Nightwing, Maury Sterling (Homeland) as Thomas Elliot, Bruce Thomas (Legally Blonde, Kyle XY) as Jim Gordon, Adam Gifford (Longmire) as Bane, Sachie Alessio (Justice League Dark) as Lady Shiva, Stuart Allan (Teen Titans: The Judas Contract) as Damian Wayne, James Garrett (Batman: Bad Blood) as Alfred, Hynden Walch (Teen Titans Go!) as Harley Quinn, Chris Cox (Family Guy) as Scarecrow, and Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke, Teen Titans, Teen Titans Go!) as Reporter.
Director Justin Copeland (Reign of the Supermen) helms Batman: Hush from a script by Ernie Altbacker (Teen Titans: The Judas Contract). Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) & Alan Burnett (Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay) are co-producers. Amy McKenna (The Death of Superman) is producer. Michael Uslan, Sam Register and James Tucker are executive producers.
DC Showcase: Sgt. Rock (Animated Short) – From executive producer and director Bruce Timm comes the first new DC Showcase animated short since 2011’s Catwoman, bringing DC Comics’ gritty World War II hero to animated life in an all-new adventure.
Batman: Love in Time of War (Featurette)– Dangerous. Seductive. Villain. Hero. This is the story of Selina Kyle and the relationship she has forged with the world’s greatest detective.
Audio Commentary – Executive Producer James Tucker, Director Justin Copeland and screenwriter Ernie Altbacker share their thoughts and insights on Batman: Hush.
A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines – An advanced look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection.
From the DC Vault –The Batman/Superman Hour: “The Underworld Underground Caper”
From the DC Vault – The Batman/Superman Hour: “Partners in Peril”
A huge thank you to Warner Bros. Entertainment UK for providing DC World with and advance preview copy, an invite to the press screening and all images.
ON BLU-RAY™ STEELBOOK AND DVD FROM 12th August 2019 (Don’t forget to type DCWORLD10 at checkout for 10% off)
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