In Review: Batman: Hush

An adaptation of the seminal DC tale by Jeph Loeb and penciled by Jim Lee

Synopsis: An adaptation of the seminal DC tale by Jeph Loeb and penciled by Jim Lee, Batman: Hush centers on a shadowy new villain known only as Hush. who uses Gotham’s Rogues Gallery to destroy Batman’s crime-fighting career, as well as Bruce Wayne’s personal life—which has already been complicated by a relationship with Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman.

Review: Before I review Batman: Hush, readers should know that I’ve never read the original story. I’m visually impaired. I enjoy the content of comics and graphic novels, but I find the format problematic. As a result, I rely heavily on on-screen adaptations and only occasionally read source material.

That said, I don’t think it would make a huge difference if I had read the original. Main D.C.U. continuity has been rebooted, retconned, and reimagined so many times that the Prime Universe has effectively been fractured into an unintentional set of Elseworlds, regardless of whether DC ever markets them as such or not. The animated films are simply more Elseworld realities branching from what was, is, or could be those Prime Elseworlds.

The question, then, is simple. Did I enjoy this film in itself? Yes, I did. The regular cast, as ever was marvelous. I thought Jennifer Morrison was a wonderful addition as Catwoman, and I hope we haven’t heard the last from her. 

I also thought the story was taught, and I appreciated the changes Ernie Altbacker made. I read the Wikipedia synopsis of Jeph Loeb’s original plot, and I felt it had too many moving parts. I preferred Altbacker’s narrative economy and less is more approach. 

As I’m the unapologetic audience for them, I also loved the Super-Pet cameos. I’m giving Batman: Hush an extra half a point just for them.

You can purchase Batman: Hush on D.V.D., Blu-ray, and V.O.D. now.

Cast: Jason O’Mara, Jennifer Morrison, Jerry O’Connell, Rebecca Romijn, Rainn Wilson, Vanessa Williams, Jason Spisak, Peyton List, Geoffrey Arend, Sean Maher, Maury Sterling, Bruce Thomas, Adam Gifford, Sachie Alessio, Stuart Allan, James Garrett, Hynden Walch, Chris Cox, Tara Strong

Director: Justin Copeland

Producers: Jim Krieg, Alan Burnett, Amy McKenna, Michael Uslan, Sam Register, James Tucker

Writer: Ernie Altbacker

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Batman: Hush
  • Story
    8.5
  • Performances
    9.5
  • Animation
    9.0

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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