It’s not often I sit down to watch a DCAU movie and want to immediately desire the original source material instead. I’ve never read “Batman Hush” but from what I originally gathered it was an iconic storyline that made waves in the aughts. The movie however is a disappointing, half baked and painfully boring Batman adventure that never really goes anywhere. Rather than treading new ground or giving us something completely different, “Batman Hush” just feels forced and never quite rises above the anemic energy.
A mysterious villain named Hush is puppeteering Gotham’s most dangerous forces pushing the Dark Knight to the edge. An adaptation of the seminal DC classic tale, Batman: Hush centres on a shadowy new villain known only as Hush, who uses Gotham’s Rogues Gallery like Poison Ivy, The Riddler, and Joker to destroy Batman’s crime-fighting career, as well as Bruce Wayne’s personal life. With Batman engaging in a relationship with Catwoman finally, he has to decide if he’s willing to possibly lose her to the relentless mastermind.
Even the inclusion of Superman feels painfully forced, and the character is woefully tacked on to the narrative, introduced and then written out of the movie in a matter of five minutes. He doesn’t have any impact on Batman’s overall arc, nor does he really seem to aide in finding out who or what Hush is. From there, “Hush” focuses a lot on what Batman is doing with Catwoman and how he’s trying to turn his life from a vigilante in to domestic bliss. When Hush begins infiltrating a lot of Batman’s foes and controlling them to commit his schemes, Batman has to figure out if he’s willing to fight for his happiness, or if he should push Selina out of his life for her safety. In either case, for a ninety minute movie, so much feels squeezed in to the run time and nothing ever comes together in a cohesive crime mystery.
A new character introduced mid-way and awkwardly taken out of the movie, and Hush spends the middle of the movie completely out of the arc apparently doing nothing. For a movie that’s apparently centered on a single foe, the movie seems to place little importance on them, especially when we delve deeper in to Batman and Catwoman’s affair. Despite the solid voice performances, “Hush” forms a sluggish pace and tedious momentum, while the love affair between Batman and Catwoman just comes off as absolutely tiresome. I did like Jason O’Mara and Jennifer Morrison as their respective characters, but the script doesn’t allow a lot of room to do more with these individuals. “Hush” is not as awful as “The Killing Joke” but in the long line of hit or miss DCAU movies, it’s forgettable, middle ground, junk.
The new release from Warner comes with the 4K Ultra HD copy, the Blu-Ray, and the Digital Copy for consumers. Included is DC Showcase: Sgt. Rock, a fifteen minute new animated short since 2011. This seems to be more proving grounds for a potential animated feature. “Batman: Love in Time of War” is a seventeen minute overview of Batman and Catwoman’s relationship, and love affair, as well as their most memorable moments in the mythos.
There’s a full Audio Commentary with executive Producer James Tucker, director Justin Copeland, and screenwriter Ernie Altbacker, all of whom cover an fairly wide array of topics such as the original story (and its many, many, many changes), voice casting, animation, Frederik Wiedmann’s score, Batman history, and more. There’s a ten minute sneak peek at “Wonder Woman: Bloodlines,” and an eight minute sneak peek at “Batman: Assault on Arkham.” Finally, “From the DC Vault” there’s the classic “Batman: The Animated Series” episode “Catwalk” that mainly centers on Batman and Catwoman.