Batman: Hush (2019)

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BATMAN: HUSH is a thrilling mystery of action, intrigue, and deception based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name penned by Jeph Loeb (Batman: The Long Halloween) and illustrated by comics superstar Jim Lee (All Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder). Batman sets out to discover the identity of a mysterious mastermind using the Joker, Riddler, Ra’s al Ghul, and the Dark Knight’s other enemies and allies as pawns in a plan to wreak havoc.

While Marvel has the live action market cornered, DC really owns the animation game as far as superhero movies are concerned.

The strength to these features are that they are not afraid to go dark, visually and thematically, and they remain very true to the source material.  I love the Batman universe with all my heart, but I’d be happy to never see a live action version again, so long as they keep producing the quality animated material.

Directed by Justin Copeland, who has spent a lot of time working as a storyboard supervisor on several of the DC animated films, and written by Ernie Altbacker from source material by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee, Hush remains very true to the graphic novel version, and plays out impressively on the screen.

The voice cast is excellent as always, with many actors reprising roles that they have played multiple times – another reason why the animated features work well I guess – they might be stand alone stories, but in the grand scheme of things, the continuity comes from the voice cast.

Stylistically, the visual aspects add another step towards that continuity.  Most of the films share a similar, if not exactly the same, style of animation.  I for one simply love the way they look, and Hush is no exception.  Somehow dark and colourful all at once, with the rogues gallery really bursting from the screen.  And if the visual isn’t enough, it’s complimented by a-grade sound effects and a wonderful film score.

Hush may not be the best of the animated Batman films, and believe me, there are quite a few, but it is awesome none the less.  I hate to be negative about a character that I adore, but when our live action hopes are now pinned on Robert Pattinson, maybe the animated movies really ARE the future of the DC Universe.

8/10

Review by Rick Trewin

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