Warner Animation Proves Why It’s the Best with “Batman: Hush”


Warner Animation brings another great series to the animated universe. Batman:Hush was an award-winning story arc from 2002-2003 written by Jeph Loeb and penciled by Jim Lee. This series brought many players from Batman infamous villains gallery into the fray as well as members of the Bat-Family to the field.

During an evening gala, Bruce reunites with Selina Kyle as well and an old friend from school, Thomas Elliot, a world-renowned surgeon. After being called back into action Batman rushes to a ransom standoff with Bane, who happens to be controlled by none other than Poison Ivy. After the battle, Batman is then approached by Lady Shiva, the League of Assassins’ premiere operative. She informs Batman that there was an unauthorized use of a Lazarus Pit and that she is on the hunt.

Later, after finding out that Bane was under the spell of Poison Ivy’s flowers, he finds out Catwoman was also involved with Ivy and pursues her only to fall victim to a new player in the game by the name of Hush.

Batman falls and is nearly killed if not for the intervention of Catwoman and later Batgirl to takes him to Thomas whom operates and saves his life. Batman has to find the identity of this new enemy and how all his adversaries are connected to him. Along the way a deep relationship between Batman and Catwoman begins to emerge and will ultimately put his unbreakable will to the test.

The original story to Hush spanned 11 issues which was then condensed into a run of 82 minutes. There were quite a few shortcuts made as well as changes in the cast of characters. Some changes were made to keep to the continuity of the animated universe. The animation is the same as the previous volumes in the animated motion pictures. There are many key scenes that were direct interpretations from the source material.

However seeing the amazing work of Jim Lee in the original source material, the animated feature seems to fall a little flat in detail and characters expressions seem a little stiff. A lot of the story seemed to pay a little too much attention to the Bat/Cat romance to the point of seeming like there were some important sequences that were sacrificed just to bring more adult themed and unnecessary love scenes to the screen.

That said, the film still retains its storyline and trademark action. Its strongly suggested to not miss out on the original material. But the animated feature still does a good job in bringing the pages of this story arc to the screen.