STARRING: Jason O’Mara, Jennifer Morrison, Jerry O’Connell, Rebecca Romijn, Maury Sterling, Rainn Wilson, Sean Maher, Peyton List, Bruce Thomas, Stuart Allan, James Garrett, Geoffrey Arend, Vanessa Williams, Jason Spisak, Adam Gifford, Peyton List, Sachie Alessio, Hynden Walch and Chris Cox
An adaptation of the Batman: Hush story line, by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee.
In this mystery thriller, batman sets out to discover the identity of a mysterious mastermind using the Joker, Riddler and the Dark Knight’s other enemies and allies as pawns in a plan to wreak chaos.
Batman: Hush is the latest installment (the thirteenth to be exact) in the DC Animated Movie Universe and the thirty-fifth DC animated film overall and is based on the comic of the same name by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee. In this animated adaptation we see Bruce Wayne having to confront a new threat named Hush, who knows all of Batman’s secrets and is using multiple of the Dark Knight’s enemies and allies to destroy the personal life of Bruce Wayne and his alter ego.
Now I’m not overly familiar with the comic as I haven’t read yet (though know some of the brief cliff notes for it in conversations with people in the past) so I wasn’t as well versed going into viewing this animated film as some will be. The main highlight of the film for me was how it handled the relationship between Bruce Wayne and Selena Kyle, their whole song and dance between keeping their identities hidden from each other as well as how they interact as their alter egos. It’s the first time (since the original animated series universe maybe?) in a long time that I believe that the nature if their relationship is explored and it is the primary focus here and for me it works thanks to how Jason O’Mara and Jennifer Morrison compliment each other as their respective characters. There’s a few notable sequences here that will capture your attention, such as a showdown between Batman and Catwoman vs a Poison-Ivy hypnotised Superman in Metropolis, Harley Quinn appearing at the Opera house and of course the showdown between Batman and Hush in the final act. The animation in these sequences are well done and are edited well. The inclusion of a host of characters in Batman’s rogues gallery will keep fans entertained.
The comic itself it said to be very dense so having it trimmed down into an eighty-minute runtime is tough going, so there’s some aspects/characters from the comic that are left out here (some are due to the continuity of the DCAMU) and that might upset fans of the comic itself. While it’s trimmed some characters out, it still feels like it takes a while to get going and that the style of the animation and its colour palette still doesn’t work for me. That’s just not in regards to this film, but the DC Animated Movie Universe as a whole this last while, though they have put out two solid Superman films recently. While I think Jason O’Mara is a solid Batman, oddly his voice as Bruce Wayne just doesn’t work for me. Maybe it’s the fact that as Batman he’s more ‘animated’ with the action sequences and having to emote more under the mask with anger, restraint etc. but as Bruce it’s still taking getting used to. The main talking point of course is the reveal of Hush, which is different from the comics and I can’t tell if it was a creative choice to surprise fans of the comics as well as the audience, but those that love the comic will feel sort-changed about how it changes that narrative to fit within the DC Animated Movie Universe.
I was looking forward to Batman: Hush and whilst I enjoyed certain aspects of it, such as exploring the relationship between Bruce Wayne and Selena Kyle, Hush does feel like he’s used here as a gimmick of luring audiences and fans of the comic in, rather than as a character, considering in how they change the narrative of Hush’s reveal and how the film concludes. Still has its moments but overall I thought it was fine, but a missed opportunity. 5/10