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YMMV / Batman: Hush

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For the comic:

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Batman's line from his fight with Superman about what gives him an advantage:
    If Clark wanted to, he could use his superspeed and squish me into the cement. But I know how he thinks. Even more than the Kryptonite, he's got one big weakness. Deep down, Clark's essentially a good person...and deep down, I'm not.
  • Awesome Art: Which led to Jim Lee getting a Career Resurrection and eventually becoming one of DC's co-publishers.
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  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Hush’s true identity, given the fairly transparent foreshadowing. Led to some backlash decrying the lack of a compelling mystery. Allegedly, though, it wasn't planned this way; Hush originally was supposed to be a resurrected Jason Todd, and Thomas Elliot a Red Herring, but executives got cold feet at the last minute and vetoed this.
  • Gateway Series: As broken the base can be, there's a reason for its acclaim. With its Random Events Plot, usage of various Batman characters as well as using Catwoman as the Love Interest, and the acclaimed artwork by Jim Lee, this arc proved to be an effective way for new fans to start their interest in comics.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Catwoman asking Ivy "do you bleed green?"
  • Ho Yay: Poison Ivy's pheromones working on Catwoman is a plot point. Ivy even says that no man or woman can resist her. It helps that Catwoman is revealed to be bisexual a few years later in the New 52.
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  • One-Scene Wonder: Lex Luthor. Finds out Batman kidnapped LexCorp CEO Talia and promises vengeance...Soon. Expanded upon in Loeb’s Superman/Batman series.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Detractors of the story generally agree that it would have made more sense for Hush to be Jason Todd, as rumor has it was the original plan. These fans sort of got their wish, though, in the Red Hood storyline.
  • Unexpected Character: Harvey Dent.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: Let's just say Huntress' outfit raised eyebrows among more than a few fans.


For the animated film:

  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Bruce is on his way to a date with Selina Kyle, resulting in snark from Dick about how she likes both Batman and Bruce despite not knowing they're the same person. The next scene after that Bruce gets a video call from Damian, who starts lecturing him on dating a criminal, and insists that Bruce use protection and criticizes Bruce's driving skills, resulting in Bruce hanging up on him.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Nygma says that the Lazarus Pit gave him a "clarity" allowing him to learn the Batman's identity. The Pit gives sane people temporary madness, so it can have the opposite effect on someone who's already insane. As such, the Pit temporarily rid Edward of his compulsive Complexity Addiction, which was the main thing keeping his brilliant mind from finding out.
  • Les Yay: Poison Ivy uses a kiss to bring Catwoman under her spell.
  • Narm:
    • Early on we see Batman plummet the height of a skyscraper and land on concrete - and survive! Taking it seriously is difficult.
    • For no reason other than aesthetics, the surgical scars Riddler has from his brain surgery are shaped like a question mark.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: Much of the canon material from the original comic has been omitted in favor of Adaptation Expansion focusing heavily on Bruce and Selina's romance, which some, including CinemaSins, view as a minus point.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: As with The Death of Superman before it, fans who had hoped for a completely faithful adaptation were less than thrilled by the number of changes that failed to live up to their expectations (the fact that the animation doesn't try to emulate Jim Lee's art style, Tim Drake being replaced by Damian Wayne, Barbara being Batgirl instead of Oracle). To say nothing of Hush actually being Edward Nygma and not Thomas Elliot.


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