Steve takes a detour to Gotham to review Warner Bros. Animation‘s adaptation of a DC Classic
There are two ways to approach a film of this type. High expectations and no expectations. Whichever camp you fall under will determine your level of enjoyment of this film.
Batman: Hush | Warner Bros. Animation
This animated film was released last year in July. It is the 13th film in DC’s Animated Movie Universe line and is based on the Batman storyline of the same name from the early 2000s. The story was written by Jeph Loeb, who has written some amazing Batman stories such as ‘The Long Halloween’ and was drawn by the legendary Jim Lee.
I was very excited when I heard about this movie and absolutely could not wait for it to be released. Hush is one of my absolute favorite Batman stories so to see this adapted by the folks at DC Animation had me very excited. With that being said, I was definitely of the first camp of folks with high expectations.
Those expectations, unfortunately, flopped.
I will not say that this was a horrible movie. The story was engaging and the animation itself was beautiful. The voice cast did their jobs well. Jason O’Mara, while no Kevin Conroy, was a suitable replacement as Batman. So, if you have never read the Hush story, or if you read it and were not particularly fond of it, it is very likely that you will love this film. However, if you have read Hush and are expecting a faithful adaptation like I was, you will be let down.
The story follows a new villain, the titular character, who is determined to ruin Batman’s life and turns out to be an individual from Bruce Wayne’s past. The movie, however, takes a different turn. While this person from Bruce’s past does play a part in the film, they take a severely lesser role than in the book and turns out to not be the titular character in the animated iteration.
While there are many similarities between the written story and the story in the film, I found myself unable to pull myself away from the injustice that was done to the main character from the book and how the Hush character was ultimately portrayed. To be frank, I feel like director Justin Copeland and his creative team took too many liberties with the written word.
In conclusion, watch the movie or don’t watch the movie. You may or may not like it depending on your perspective and whether or not you have read the actual story. If you take nothing else from this review, I would suggest that you, at the very least, read the original story because it is quite frankly one of the best.
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Steve Long is a new addition to the Future of the Force roster. Aside from being a passionate Star Wars fan, he also co-hosts the Rogue One Radio Podcast. Follow him on Twitter @otter272 where he channels his passion frequently!