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Batman: Hush is an animated film made by Warner Bros. as part of the DC Animated Movie Universe. It is an adaptation of the popular storyline created by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee.

Batman finds himself under attack by the mysterious bandage-faced adversary calling himself Hush. A villain who seems to know everything about the Dark Knight, Batman must run the gauntlet of some of his deadliest foes and figure out who this adversary is. At the same time, something seems to be blossoming between him and Catwoman...

This movie was released digitally on July 20, 2019 and released on DVD on August 6.

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Tropes Featured in the Movie:

  • Adaptational Heroism: Thomas Elliot is not Hush and truly is Bruce's friend and a good man.
  • Adapted Out: Jason Todd, who played a major role in the original comic, is omitted, as is Harold Allnut. Additionally, the Huntress, Killer Croc, Tim Drake and — because of their deaths in earlier movies — Ra's al Ghul and Talia had their roles given to other people.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Poison Ivy can brainwash people by kissing them. She manages to take control of Superman by using a special kryptonite-laced lipstick.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Hush is finally defeated, but Thomas Elliot, one of Bruce's few friends, is dead; and Selina breaks up with Bruce due to their conflicting views regarding the worth of a murderer's life and Selina wanting to leave her life of crime behind.
  • The Cameo:
    • Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) arrives to save Batman and take him to the Bat-cave after he almost dies from a fall while pursuing Catwoman.
    • Damian cameos during a telecall with his father to show his displeasure of Bruce dating Selina Kyle.
    • Penguin, Two-Face, and Mr. Freeze appear in a silent, freeze-frame montage of Batman and Catwoman taking them down together.
  • Cast as a Mask: Maury Sterling, who voices Thomas Elliot, also voices Hush, who is not his alter ego in this movie. Instead, Hush is Edward Nygma/The Riddler (voiced by Geoffrey Arrend).
  • Composite Character:
    • Killer Croc's role is filled by Bane.
    • Huntress is absent in the film, with Batgirl taking her place.
    • Damian Wayne is Robin here, rather than Tim Drake in the original comic.
    • Edward Nygma is Hush in this version instead of Thomas Elliot.
    • While both Lady Shiva and Lex Luthor were in the comic, Shiva was a lackey for Ra's al Ghul and Luthor's appearance was to help set up the first arc in Superman/Batman (which saw the end of his tenure as President Evil) with Talia al Ghul acting as Lexcorp's CEO. With both Ra's al Ghul and Talia dead in this universe, Shiva takes Ra's's role as the person to inform Batman of an outsider to the League of Assassins using a Lazarus Pit and Luthor takes Talia's role as the person in Lexcorp who helps Batman find Ivy.
  • Costume Evolution:
    • Batman wears both his current New 52-like black and grey costume and a dark blue and grey costume closer to what he wore in the original storyline - with trunks on the outside.
    • Nightwing ditches the black and red New 52-like look he wore in Teen Titans: The Judas Contract and goes back to the more popular black and blues - but with the pre-New 52 striped design like in the comic storyline, instead of his previous black and blue "bird logo" suit as seen in Son of Batman.
    • Scarecrow gets a costume change. His appearance in the Nightwing and Robin short shows him wearing a burlap sack as a mask and Civvie Spandex akin to The Dark Knight Trilogy, while here he now wears a costume resembling a less creepier version of the one from The New Batman Adventures.
    • Harley Quinn wears her classic harlequin suit instead of her modern-style casual outfit from Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay.
  • Continuity Nod: Lex Luthor mentions how he saved the Justice League from Cyborg Superman, a reference to the events of Reign of the Supermen.
  • Curse Cut Short: Poison Ivy almost drops an f-bomb in the film twice just before something distracts her from doing so.
  • Death by Adaptation: Thomas Elliot is Killed Off for Real by Nygma (who frames the Joker for it) during the Opera; and Edward Nygma dies at the end.
  • Decomposite Character: Barbara's original role, as Oracle, was given to both Alfred and Nightwing.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the comics, a reformed Harvey Dent was a key player in Hush's plans. Here, Two-Face appears briefly in the montage of Bruce and Selina working together after Bruce reveals his identity to her.
  • Disney Villain Death: This nearly gets subverted when Batman grapples Nygma's ankle before he falls into the pits of the burning factory. Unfortunately for Ed, Catwoman has had enough of Batman's moral code, and slices the rope to send him tumbling to his fiery demise.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: While taking the opera theater hostage, Harley Quinn considered shooting a person at the audience because she doesn't like his beard.
  • Dodge the Bullet: Catwoman dodges an SMG burst from some mook through a series of hand flips.
  • Dodge This!:
    Bane: Where's my money?!
    Batman: Here's your money. (*PUNCH*)
  • Dont Make Me Do This: Gordon pleads Batman not to make him have to shoot him over the Joker's life.
    Gordon: "Gotham needs Batman!"
  • Fighting from the Inside: Superman avoids killing Batman and Catwoman while under mind control because his code against killing is that strong. Even after Poison Ivy gives him a booster, seeing Lois in danger snaps him out of it completely.
  • Genius Bruiser: Hush/Riddler's exposure to the Lazarus Pit has increased his mental capacity and improved his skills as a hand-to-hand fighter.
  • Heroic Fatigue: Commissioner Gordon expresses this sentiment, asking if it's too much to ask for one quiet week.
  • I Shall Taunt You: In their final battle, Batman mercilessly taunts Hush, mocking Nygma for being a C-lister with a stupid gimmick, and pointing out that the boost he got from the Lazarus Pit is starting to wear off.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Hush shoots Batman's grappling line with a sniper rifle while he's in mid-swing.
  • Irony: After revealing his secret identity, Bruce admits to Selina that he broke things off with her in the past because he believed she was unstable and could not control her kleptomania impulses. In the end, Selina decides Batman's dedication to his code makes him too unstable to be with.
  • Maybe Ever After: The film closes with Batman and Catwoman realizing they can't be in a serious, long-term relationship, but agree the day will come when they're ready.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Selina's cat is named "Eartha," after Catwoman actress Eartha Kitt.
    • Catwoman mocks Harley Quinn's traditional jester costume as being out of style since the 1990s, which is when Quinn (and her costume) debuted.
    • A Gotham television news program is called "News 52".
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • Catwoman, who wears a skin-tight shiny black catsuit with a lot of scenes focusing on her backside; also on her cleavage in evening gowns.
    • Poison Ivy wears a tight leotard of plants with shots of her cleavage and backside.
  • Not His Sled: Edward Nygma is Hush, not Thomas Elliot, who is Killed Offscreen mid-movie.
  • Only Six Faces: Poison Ivy appears rendered with Lois Lane's face, with different hair and colorings.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: When the Riddler does a standard smash-and-grab, Batman knows Hush must be involved because Riddler doesn't leave any clues or riddles for Batman to follow. It's just mundane, and that isn't Riddler.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: Catwoman honestly wants to turn her life around, but her methods and fighting carry a certain viciousness that Batman scolds her for.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Three punks try to unmask and kill Batman after the hero is injured by Hush. Catwoman intervenes and they fight her, but when Batgirl also joins in, they flee.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Dick wholehearted ships "Brucelina" as he dubs it, even before the start of their official relationship.
    • After both Bruce and Selina walk out on him, Thomas Elliot calls them a "perfect couple" in disbelief.
  • Shoot the Rope: Hush does this to Batman's grapple-line while he's chasing Catwoman.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Slashed Throat: Batman does this to Nygma, having deduced that he's actually Clayface in disguise and the voice is coming through a transmitter.
  • Status Quo Is God: The film ends with Bruce and Selina breaking up to reset things back to baseline.
  • Stupid Evil: Hush knocks out Catwoman and chains her up over a giant grinder, but doesn’t bother to remove her claws or her whip, two tools that she uses to escape when he is distracted.
  • Traitor Shot: Thomas Elliot smirks for the camera out of Bruce's line of sight. Though it's subverted when he turns out not to be Hush unlike the comic.
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: Discussed. Batman explains that his no-killing rule is what keeps him from becoming a criminal, but he nearly breaks it when he attempts to strangle the Joker to death, believing he was responsible for Thomas Elliot's murder. Though he manages to grab a hold of himself and firmly stands up for his beliefs by the end of the film, Catwoman realizes that Batman's moral code can sometimes lead him to make poor decisions, as he nearly sacrificed his own life trying to save Nygma, a deranged criminal.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After being overcharged with the Lazarus Pit, Edward Nygma, in a matter of minutes, deduces Batman's true identity and goes to formulate a plan to break Bruce Wayne's spirit by killing his loved ones while taunting him for his inability to stop him. He also becomes a skilled enough fighter to trade blows with Batman on an even basis.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Bane's vocabulary and combat style take a massive hit when he attacks Batman. Alfred and Batman take notice of this and Batman theorizes that the new style of Venom he's using has affected him.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Hush, a.k.a. the Riddler, may be able to fight evenly against Batman thanks to possessing enhanced strength and reflexes courtesy of his Lazarus Pit exposure, but it's pretty clear he lacks the decades of experience in hand-to-hand combat that the likes of Batman and Catwoman have. He fights with pretty much the same "swing wildly with a staff weapon" technique that he's always used, and Batman gets way more hits in on him than he does on Batman. Really the only reason he gives as good as he gets is because he's armed and Batman isn't.
  • Will They or Won't They?: In the end of the film, Batman and Catwoman break up over their conflicting views on morality. However, before she departs, Selina strokes his face and says "Maybe someday, but not today", implying she hopes to resume their relationship some time in the future.
  • Vocal Evolution: Damian's voice is notably lower than it used to be in Teen Titans: The Judas Contract. Understandable, since time has continued to move forward in this universe.


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