Too many cameos
Batman: Hush is a 2019 American direct-to-video animated superhero film 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.
This film should be called Batman: Cameo. There are a lot of cameos that range from having a few lines of dialog to even just a montage and no dialog at all. You have Damian, Batgirl, Commissioner Gordon, and others with just one or two lines to Mr. Freeze, Two-Face, and the Penguin with no lines at all.
I’ve heard praises for the Hush comic so maybe I was expecting too much from the animated movie. Some key elements were changed in the movie compared to the comic, but I won’t spoil it. I don’t think these differences would make me change my impression of the movie.
Batman acting like a lovesick character just seem unnatural. It feels like more times were spent on the romance subplot than on the main Hush story.
I gotta give a “CinemaSins” for the nose-plug Catwoman used. Nose-plug doesn’t make you immune to chemical attack (Poison Ivy and Scarecrow). Airborne chemicals still get into your mouth or skin. For all their fight with so many criminals using biochemical warfare, Nightwing sure wasn’t ready for a simple Scarecrow hallucinogens attack.
I suppose the movie intended to humanize Batman with the romance subplot, but it showed us how flawed he is as a character. He is just a rigid character that is unwilling/unable to adapt and change. This doesn’t make him more relatable, just the opposite.
Overall, the movie is decent, if not a bit mushy with way too many cameos that bring nothing to the narrative. Batman: Hush contains graphic violence and some suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young teens.
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