Movie Review: Batman: Hush (2019)

Once again I shall take a look at an animated feature based on characters from DC Comics. If you’ve followed my blog for some amount of time, you know that I tend to do this every now and then. So let’s have a look at their latest output.

Catwomen and Batmen… “Batman: Hush”.

Batman (Jason O’Mara) has to face one of his toughest challenges yet when a mysterious new villain starts causing mayhem from the shadows. All the while forming a relationship with Catwoman (Jennifer Morrison). Now, I haven’t read the comic that this story was adapted from, so I can’t say how it stacks up compared to that. So looking at it from an outsider perspective, it’s kind of a mess. It’s weirdly undercooked. There are a bunch of moments that could work really well in a Batman story, but the complete package here feels weirdly like it’s stitched together with scotch tape and the occasional nail. And there’s a revelation in the story that doesn’t work too well for me. I’m not saying what it is, in case you want to see this movie, but let’s just say that it didn’t entirely work for me on multiple levels. There is some good material throughout the plot, but overall it’s not too well held together.

The characters in this are enjoyable and interesting. Jason O’Mara returns as Batman/Bruce Wayne, as gruff as ever, but given a bit more nuance as his various relationships develop across the movie. And O’Mara is really good. Jennifer Morrison plays Catwoman, the thief/femme fatale and former enemy of Batman that now is a bit of a love interest. She’s tough, she’s capable, she has a good bit of sass, and she is an interesting foil to Batman’s self-seriousness here. And Morrison is… okay in the role. Sean Maher returns as Nightwing, and he’s as fun as ever in the role. We also get supporting work from people like Peyton List, Peyton List (apparently there are two of them, what the fuck?), Adam Gifford, Geoffrey Arend, Stuart Allan, Jason Spisak, Chris Cox, Maury Sterling, Bruce Thomas, Hynden Walch, and more, all doing pretty well in their respective roles.

The score was composed by DC Animation regular Frederik Wiedmann, who as per usual fucking killed it with his music. It’s big and epic, but also knows when to get a bit more quiet and emotional. The occasional inclusion of a cello certainly also helps it out, as it adds another layer to Wiedmann’s compositions. This guy somehow always one-ups himself.

Based on the acclaimed comic by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee, this movie was directed by Justin Copeland, and he did a good job with it. Sure, the narrative stitching wasn’t great, but the way he leads on animation and action is fucking spectacular. The detailing is stellar and the fluency of it all is some of the best we’ve seen from any of these movies. And man, those fights are brutal. Not just because there’s blood used, but also because of the way the animation and sounds design really conveys how hard the characters hit their opponents in this.

This movie has been decently well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 89% positive rating. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,0/10.

While it may be a bit of a mixed bag, “Batman: Hush” is still an enjoyable action film. It has a meh plot, okay characters, really good performances, great music, and great direction/animation. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Batman: Hush” is a 6,86/10. So while very flawed, it’s still worth a rental.

My review of “Batman: Hush” is now completed.

I was a little disappointed that they never let Batman sing any Deep Purple in this movie.

Cartoon/Movie Review: Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014)

Batman Assault On Arkham Wallpapers

 

You may not know this, but I am a big fan of Batman (rhyming is fun). Whether it is the animated series, Christopher Nolan’s movies, the “Arkham” games or any of the original animated movies (Under the Red Hood, Year One, etc.). Sure, “Batman & Robin” was a big fucking miss and I am not a fan of “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”…but there are a lot of great Batman things. And you’re probably asking about my thoughts on the comics. Well the thing is, comics aren’t that big in Sweden and therefore they are incredibly difficult to get. But enough about that! Today we are taking a look at an animated Batman movie that is set within the “Arkham” timeline/universe.

Men and women, prepare yourselves…for this is “Batman: Assault on Arkham”!

The fun thing is, this Batman movie doesn’t use Batman (Kevin Conroy) as the main character really. He is only put in a sort of side story about him trying to find a bomb planted somewhere in Gotham by the Joker (Troy Baker). Instead this movie focuses more on a special group of criminals put together by the established Batman character Amanda Waller (CCH Pounder). This group is only consisting of big and dangerous criminals who are so called “expendable” (call Sylvester Stallone). This group is “The Suicide Squad”. Consisting of Deadshot (Neal McDonough), Harley Quinn (Hynden Walch), King Shark (John DiMaggio), Black Spider (Giancarlo Esposito), Killer Frost (Jennifer Hale) and Captain Boomerang (Christian Lanz, also fucking seriously?). What is their mission exactly? To break into Arkham Asylum to find a sort computer-chip-thing that is in the Riddler’s (Matthew Gray Gubler) cane. Also, they are gonna kill Riddler. And then twist and turns and action and Batman coming in to do shit. While the premise is kind of interesting, we know there are a bunch of things we can’t ignore that are kind of obvious. Especially since this movie is set between “Batman: Arkham Origins” and “Batman: Arkham Asylum”. But even though a few elements of the story were fairly predictable, I still had a hell of a great time with the storyline of “Assault on Arkham”. This movie had a plot that was really well executed…and within only 75 minutes. That’s right, this movie is THAT short. So yeah, really good story.

The characters are very fleshed out for being confined to a 75 minute time space. But still, if you are not familiar with the Batman mythos, you might get confused with who some of these are. For example, I had no fucking clue who “King Shark” or “Captain Boomerang” (Again, fucking seriously?) were before I watched this. But I still enjoyed watching them on screen, they had good chemistry and their writing was excellent as well.

The music was what you’d expect…epic and awesome. It was something you’d expect from a Batman movie. I found it to be perfect for the action scenes and othe scenes in this movie. So music was kinda easy to explain, but how is the rest of the sound design. I know I usually address this in my movie reviews, but since this is an animated feature, it might be good to cover. The use of sound effects and placement of said effects (how the sound travels and changes depending on where on the screen it is) was honestly really well done. The use of the sound was used in such a way where it did sound pretty realistic (as realistic as you can get an animated Batman film). And of course…the voice acting. The voice acting was no surprise to me. I expected greatness…and I got greatness. That is never really a problem in DC animated films. And it was fun hearing a few of the actors from the “Arkham” games return as their respective characters (Kevin Conroy, Troy Baker and Nolan North who I forgot to address earlier even though he voiced Penguin). But in general, the voice acting was excellent. I was especially pleased with Neal McDonough as Deadshot, he really brought life to the character. I was also happily surprised with Matthew Gray Gubler as Riddler…who knew he could do justice to the classic character. In general, everything involving sound was great.

Next up is animation, and boy is it good. Not saying it is as great as in maybe “Attack on Titan”, but it is still good. Again, something that is never a problem with DC animated features. It is nice to look at, the animators really gave this movie life…especially during the fight scenes.

I have nothing more to say here. And I usually have something to say in my “General stuff” area. This comes as a shock to me.

Since this movie just came out, it has barely gotten any reception. But there is a little in fact. As of the time of this review the movie has 7,4/10 based on 315 votes on imdb.com. And that’s about it. If you want more reviews, look up some yourself.

I have given this movie some positive feedback. And now for my score! My final score for “Batman: Assault on Arkham” that Batman beat out of me is a 9,54/10. It is worth picking up when it comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray. It just had a digital release. The physical release of the movie is set for 11th of august 2014. I suggest you pick it up. Oh yeah, almost forgot the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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“Batman: Assault on Arkham” is now reviewed.

Thank god the assault was only on Arkham Asylum and not…OH GOD! DEADSHOT! NOOOO!