The following 4K Film was provided to me by Warner Brothers for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own
In the early 200’s Batman comic sales were pretty slow. Not saying the character had grown stale it was kind of just going through the motions. Spreading any character out of multiple comics amounting to in some cases 2 issues a week is a bit much for any hero, even Batman. Well like everything in life, thing change in an instant. Batman had his instant in issue #608 in 2002. That is when Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee created the story arc “Hush”. Running for one year over the course of 12 issues Hush was a smash hit. Selling out left and right, going through countless reprints and spawning poster, shirts, and toys. Its one of the quintessential Batman reads of all time. And now The fine folks at Warner Brother and DC have made it an animated movie.
Hush is a new villain in the Batman Universe. When our film opens Bruce Wayne has just bumped into an old friend, Thomas Elliot who is now a brain surgeon. Before they have time to catch up Bruce is alerted that Bane has kidnaped the kid of a wealthy family for ransom money. Batman manages to defeat Bane but when he is distracted by Lady Shiva Catwoman sneaks in and steals the ransom money. Batman follows after her and after a short rooftop grappling hook chase his line is shot by a bandaged up sniper. For some reason Batman doesn’t have a spare grappling hook this time and crashed to the ground below. Catwoman is able to escape and we see her giving the money to Poison Ivy, who has Catwoman under her spell.
Catwoman has no real alliance so she tells Batman, who has sense recovered that she was working for Ivy. After another battle with Bane, who managed to escape arrest Batman and Catwoman track Ivy to Metropolis where they find she has been using a type of Kryptonite lipstick to control superman. Luckily Batman is packing kryptonite brass knuckles and beats him down long enough for Catwoman to throw Lois Lane off a roof causing Superman to come to and save her. Ivy tells them she was working for a man named Hush
It turns out Hush has been really really busy as he has not only kidnapped the Joker, forcing Harley Quinn to attempt to Kill Bruce Wayne, who he knows is Batman, but he also get The Riddler, and The Scarecrow to help in his plan of destroying Batman as well. Batman has help not only from Nightwing and Batgirl, but from Catwoman who he has developed a romantic interest in.
Jason O’Mara returns to voice Batman and like the rest of the voice actors does an amazing job. The animation is top notch and like all of DC’s animated films this one is a winner. The voice acting, the pacing, the story everything is done perfectly. It shares continuity with the other animated films. There animated films are just second to none. Between there TV shows and animated films they have a lock on the small screen audience. The video and audio on this 4K is amazing. Its one of the best looking cartoons to date and that’s saying something. Video and audio are top notch to match the rest of the presentation.
Now I have to say this. Its known that I am a comic collector, with Batman being my favorite hero. With that said I did read and enjoy Hush, well most of it, but I wont spoil anything. The artwork and storytelling were so different than any other Batman story at the time it blew me away. With that said. If you have read Hush this is a very condensed version. So condensed that some elements are omitted, and others are changed. The main plot point is close to intact but many of the sublots have been altered, sadly that includes my favorite subplot. Now lets also keep one thing in mind for all of you who have read the comics. A scene for scene translation would have been a 17hr movie at best. And I’m sorry, but that too much
With that said the film is still good, fantastic even. It’s another fantastic addition to the DC Universe and if you like there animated films then you will love this one as well. It’s a good watch from top to bottom and I highly recommend picking it up.
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars!