Just as Batman starts a serious relationship with Catwoman,
a vengeful ghost from Batman's past arrives in the form of Hush.
Batman: Hush (2019)
Directed by Justin Copeland
Written by Ernie Altbacker
Starring Jason O'Mara, Jennifer Morrison, Sean Maher,
James Garrett, Maury Sterling, Geoffrey Arend, Peyton List,
Jerry O'Connell, Rebecca Romijn, Jason Spisak, Bruce Thomas, Hynden Walch, Vanessa Williams, Rainn Wilson, Stuart Allan
Based on characters from DC Comics
I'm sure DC Animation got a lot of flack for the major changes they made to the story of Hush. I won't spoil the reveal here as I believe experiencing that moment at its fullest is crucial to your enjoyment of the film, but suffice it to say it is not what you're expecting if you're familiar with recent Batman lore. And I didn't hate the deviation, because it works in the context of the film's story, which is not the same as the graphic novel that shares its name. You've also got some killer voice talent at work, a well-developed relationship story taking center stage, and a few truly shocking moments.
After ten years, Selina Kyle (Morrison) is back in Gotham, and Bruce Wayne (O'Mara) wants to give their relationship another shot. At the same time, Batman and Catwoman are growing closer too, making for some relationship drama that's actually attention-grabbing. All of Batman's villains are making major plays lately. Bane, Poison Ivy, Joker, Riddler, Scarecrow, Harley, everyone, and all at the orders of someone named Hush. Hush has a bone to pick with Batman and Bruce Wayne, so he threatens to ruin both sides of the dark knight's life. The amount of characters in this thing is staggering. We even take a side trip to Metropolis, where Batman and Catwoman battle Superman (O'Connell), who has been brainwashed by Poison Ivy (List). It's entertaining through and through.
I understand if some fans are less than thrilled about the handling of Hush in this film. Hush proved to be a formidable, monstrous enemy for Batman in the graphic novel, and despite being the film's namesake, he's not in it very much. And as I said, the reveal is vastly different. But if you can accept these issues, the film is a fun watch and another win for DC Animation.