Batman: Hush
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Directed byJustin Copeland
Produced byAmy McKenna
Screenplay byErnie Altbacker
Based onBatman: Hush 
Music byFrederik Wiedmann
Edited byChristopher D. Lozinski
Distributed byWarner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release date
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States

Batman: Hush is a 2019 American direct-to-video animated superhero film loosely based on the comic book story arc of the same name and is the 13th installment of the DC Animated Movie Universe and the 35th overall film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line. It follows Batman, Catwoman and their allies facing a new villain named Hush, who knows all of Batman's secrets.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Bruce Wayne is attending an evening party where he meets Selina Kyle and his childhood friend and renowned brain surgeon Thomas Elliot. There, he receives an alert from Alfred about a child kidnapping by Bane. After a brief fight, Batman is informed by Lady Shiva who tells him an unknown intruder has used the Lazarus Pit and asks for his assistance in identifying them. Batman rescues the child, but Catwoman steals the ransom money. As Batman is in pursuit of her, a mysterious figure shoots his grapple line and he falls to the ground, fracturing his skull. He is nearly killed by a group of nearby criminals until he is saved by Catwoman and Batgirl.[N 1] Catwoman delivers the ransom money to Poison Ivy, who is controlling her through a hypnotic kiss.

Alfred contacts Thomas to remove skull fragments from Bruce's brain. Batman recovers and visits Blackgate Penitentiary to interrogate Bane on the whereabouts of the money. Batman strikes a deal with Amanda Waller to allow Bane to escape so that Batman can track him. Bane leads Batman to Ivy's now abandoned greenhouse where Catwoman is. Waller captures Bane and returns him to Blackgate. Seeking retaliation for Ivy's manipulation, Catwoman offers information on her whereabouts to Batman in exchange for a kiss, and a tenuous romance blooms between them. Batman and Catwoman follow Ivy to Metropolis. Batman confronts Lex Luthor, now a probationary member of the Justice League,[N 2] for information on a delivery list of an ethylene compound utilized by Ivy, in order to track down her location. There, they find Ivy has taken control of Superman, and she commands him to kill Batman and Catwoman. Batman observes that Superman is subconsciously resisting Ivy's influence, holding back on his attempts to kill both of them. Using knuckledusters made from Kryptonite, Batman stalls Superman while Catwoman lets Lois Lane fall from the Daily Planet building. Superman breaks free of Ivy's control to save Lois. Batman, Superman and Catwoman work together to capture Ivy, who reveals that she was being manipulated by a mysterious foe called Hush. Hush convinces Harley Quinn to join him by showing her a kidnapped Joker.

Bruce goes on a date with Selina, who is unaware of the former's superheroic identity, much to the encouragement of his family. The two, along with Thomas, attend an opera when Harley arrives and attempts to kill Bruce. In the ensuing struggle, Dr. Elliot is apparently shot dead by Joker, who broke free of Hush's captivity. An enraged Batman violently beats Joker who claims that he is innocent, and he is stopped short of killing him by Commissioner Jim Gordon. Bruce attends Elliot's funeral and deduces Joker's innocence as well as that Hush must know his secret identity. After foiling a robbery by Riddler, Batman chases Hush but fails to catch him. Afraid for her safety, Batman asks Selina to leave Gotham so she does not fall victim to Hush, who vowed to murder everyone close to him. He decides to trust Catwoman and reveals his identity to her, and the two develop a sexual relationship both in bed and in the shower.

Batman investigates Thomas's office and discovers one of his patients was someone called Arthur Wynne (the man who invented the crossword puzzle) who sought an operation for an inoperable brain tumor. Nightwing and Catwoman investigate a graveyard break-in and are attacked by the Scarecrow. Nightwing is overpowered by fear toxin, but Catwoman defeats Scarecrow and gets Nightwing to safety. However, she is captured by Hush after Nightwing escapes. At Arkham Asylum, Batman interrogates Riddler who reveals that he has been Wynne as well as Hush and was the intruder who had used the Lazarus Pit to cure himself of his brain tumor and during his time in the Lazarus Pit, he figured out Batman's identity as Bruce Wayne and formed a plan involving several villains to destroy both the personal life and the crime-fighting career of Batman. However, Batman deduces that Riddler is actually Clayface mimicking his identity while the latter communicated via satellite. After defeating Clayface, Batman finds Riddler's location, and the two engage in a final confrontation. Riddler is nearly killed but is saved by Batman with his grapnel. However, Catwoman cuts the line and allows Riddler to fall to his death to save Batman. In the aftermath, Selina decides to end their relationship after a disagreement over Batman's ethical code. They acknowledge that while their relationship cannot happen presently, it may someday.

Voice cast[edit | edit source]

Voice actor[1] Character
Jason O'Mara Bruce Wayne / Batman
Jennifer Morrison Selina Kyle / Catwoman
Jerry O'Connell Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman
Rebecca Romijn Lois Lane
Maury Sterling Thomas Elliot/Hush
Rainn Wilson Lex Luthor
Sean Maher Dick Grayson / Nightwing
Peyton R. List Barbara Gordon / Batgirl
Bruce Thomas James Gordon
Stuart Allan Damian Wayne
James Garrett Alfred Pennyworth
Geoffrey Arend Edward Nygma / Riddler
Vanessa Williams Amanda Waller
Jason Spisak The Joker
Adam Gifford Bane
Peyton List Pamela Isley / Poison Ivy
Sachie Alessio Lady Shiva
Hynden Walch Harleen Quinzel /
Harley Quinn
Chris Cox Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow
Tara Strong Summer Gleeson

Penguin, Two-Face and Mr. Freeze appear in unvoiced cameos in a montage scene of Batman and Catwoman fighting the three villains.

Production[edit | edit source]

In July 2018, an animated adaptation of Batman: Hush was announced.[2]

In March 2019, it was announced that Jason O'Mara, Jerry O'Connell, Rebecca Romijn, Rainn Wilson, Sean Maher, Bruce Thomas, Vanessa Williams, and Stuart Allan would reprise their roles from previous DCAMU films with the new additions of Jennifer Morrison, Peyton R. List, Maury Sterling, Geoffrey Arend, Jason Spisak, Adam Gifford, Peyton List, and Dachie Alessio.[1]

Release[edit | edit source]

The film had its world premiere at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 19, 2019.[3] The film was made available through digital streaming outlets on July 20, 2019. It was released on 4K UHD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD on August 6, 2019.[4]

Critical response[edit | edit source]

On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an approval rating of 88% based on reviews from 17 critics.[5]

The film earned $3,598,138 from domestic Blu-ray sales.[6]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. introduced in the 2016 film Batman: Bad Blood
  2. since the events of the 2019 film Reign of the Supermen

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Vejvoda, Jim (March 27, 2019). "Batman: Hush Movie - Exclusive First Look Photo and Voice Cast News". IGN. Retrieved March 30, 2019.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Batman: Hush Will Receive an Animated Film Adaptation". comicbookresources. July 21, 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Premieres 'Batman: Hush', 'Teen Titans Go!', More at San Diego Comic-con 2019". San-Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Aune, Sean P. (June 14, 2019). "Batman: Hush is hitting Blu-ray a week early".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Batman: Hush (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 22, 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Batman: Hush (2019)". The Numbers. Retrieved January 4, 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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