When I was reading the Batman comic book entitled “Batman: Hush” back in 2002 and 2003 I thought it would make a thrilling live-action movie or even a great animated movie. Low and behold in 2019 WB Animation finally decided to release the high selling comic book series in animated form. I’ll take what I can get. The film is based on the comic book story line and features many characters in the Batman universe. The story begins with Bruce Wayne attending a social event where he runs into Selina Kyle/Catwoman and his childhood friend and famous brain surgeon Thomas Elliot. While he is chatting with Selina he receives an alert from his loyal butler and friend Alfred that the villainous Bane has kidnapped the child of a wealthy family for ransom. When Batman confronts Bane the battle is intense, but the Caped Crusader wins, only to have Catwoman steal the ransom money. While he is chasing Catwoman over the rooftops of Gotham City in a effort to retrieve the stolen loot, he is grapple line is shot causing him to fall to the ground and fracture his skull. When some bad guys are about to discover his secret identity, Batman is rescued by Catwoman and Batgirl who have their own confrontation. After Catwoman eludes Batgirl, she delivers the ransom money to a waiting Poison Ivy, who has been controlling her with a hypnotic kiss that only Ms. Ivy can deliver. Meanwhile, Batman’s injuries are deemed so serious by Alfred and Nightwing, the two place him in the care of his friend Dr. Elliot. After Dr. Elliot helps Batman/Bruce recover, things really heat up as Batman confronts Poison Ivy, who has been holding Catwoman hostage for betraying her. After escaping the clutches of Poison Ivy, things go from bad to worse as Catwoman and Batman must face an Ivy controlled Superman in Metropolis. The Man of Steel has been ordered to kill Batman and Catwoman by Ivy and the two attempt to out run and out wit Supes. Batman knows Superman’s weakness is not only Kryptonite, but Lois Lane as well, as uses the two to his full advantage. After Superman has been released from Ivy’s control, she is captured and admits she has been controlled by a mysterious new villain named Hush. The story-line continues from this point as we see Hush has had an influence on other villains including Harley Quinn, the Joker, Scarecrow, Clayface and the Riddler. The road to find Hush leads Batman to fear for the lives of those he loves, and orders Catwoman to leave the city, but she refuses. The identity of Hush is finally revealed, which proves to be quite the shock. The film ends on a satisfying but bittersweet note, as justice again reigns supreme in Gotham City. I love how the film featured so many famous characters interacting, and we even get to enjoy a scene between Bruce and his son Damien, the current Robin. To me this story-line is one of the best in the “Batman” comic book series, and deserves the treatment it’s given in animated form. I feel this film should have been released in theaters, and would have made a huge impact in that format. After all , 2019 is Batman’s 80th anniversary as a fictional and much loved character. I still hold out hope one day Warner Brothers will realize what a great live-action film this story would make. In the meantime, “Batman: Hush” provides a thrilling trip into the world of the Caped Crusader and is yet another top notch release from the DC Animated Movie Universe. This film made me one happy Batman fan.
Now streaming on DC Universe and on Blu-ray and DVD. (Rated PG-13)