Batman: Hush

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
Batman: Hush Movie Poster Image
Batman in love is combined with violence; some cursing.
  • PG-13
  • 2019
  • 81 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Good defeats evil yet again. Batman lives by a code; without that code, "I'm no better than them." The superhero draws the line at killing a defenseless villain; his decision involves great sacrifice. Offers a categorical definition of madness: "If you can't control your actions, you're not quite sane." 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Superheroes are brave, determined, resourceful, loyal, and value teamwork. Batman reveals a specific, humane code, which he follows even though it means he'll give up something he loves. Females (both heroine and villain) are powerful and as courageous as their male counterparts.

Violence

Cartoon mayhem from top to bottom: deaths (including featured characters), explosions, lengthy and brutal hand-to-hand combat, gunfire, decapitation, machine gun fire (bullet-riddled body), grenades, electrocution, falls. A child is in danger. 

Sex

Batman and Catwoman embark on an intimate relationship; they kiss in multiple scenes. They wake up in bed together and move in together. Some revealing clothing.

Language

Profanity includes: "s--t," "a--hole," "goddamn," "bitch," "hell," "crap," "screw you," "thumb up your ass," "crap." An occasional sexual reference: "carnal release," "use protection," "trollop."

Consumerism

Part of the vast DC Comic/Warner Brothers enterprise, which markets toys, film, merchandise, books, et al.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink alcoholic beverages in social scenes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Batman: Hush is a full-length animated movie. Based on a classic 12-issue comic book series from 2002 by fan favorites Jeph Loeb (story) and Jim Lee (art), the modern filmmaking team has updated it with several twists and alterations, but it's still chockfull of Batman's perennial villains and one ruthless newcomer. The movie is slanted more for teens and adults (MPAA rating is PG-13). At the movie's core is a romantic relationship with an implied sexual affair. It's also very heavy on cartoon violence. Action sequences include: fierce and lengthy hand-to-hand combat scenes, explosions, machine guns, electrocution, grenades, conventional and unconventional gunfire, many narrow escapes, and a few significant brutal deaths. Sexual content includes some skimpy clothing, and Batman and Catwoman kissing, then waking up in bed together. Cursing includes "s--t," "bitch," "goddamn," "a--hole," "thumb up your ass." The iconic Batman, as always a superhero extraordinaire, operates from a strong moral foundation in this film. 

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User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byThe Flying Grayson November 21, 2019

Okay but was not really accurate

F*** is used a couple of times along with Damn, Hell etc. It has a bit a violence but what can you expect it is a Batman movie Batman and Catwoman are in a rela... Continue reading
Parent of a 12, 14, and 17-year-old Written byHendo H. U October 3, 2019
Teen, 15 years old Written byWesisa123 August 6, 2019

Don’t be overprotective

This movie is a good representation of Batman’s love life and as well as all the action we superhero fans crave. This movie while has some language it’s nothing... Continue reading

What's the story?

Strange events in Gotham as BATMAN: HUSH opens. A bevy of villains, including Bane (Adam Gifford), Poison Ivy (Peyton  List), the Riddler (Geoffrey Arend), Harley Quinn (Hynden Walch), and the Joker (Jason Spisak), are wreaking havoc, and they seem to be working in harmony, if not always together. Batman (Jason O'Mara) is puzzled, but with help, manages to foil their wrongdoing time after time. And it's all happening just as a romance is finally blossoming between Batman and Catwoman (Jennifer Morrison). As the violence mounts, Bruce Wayne's childhood friend, Thomas Elliott (Maury Sterling), a brain surgeon of great renown, becomes a victim of the expanding crew of baddies. It quickly becomes clear to Batman that one singular force is orchestrating the company of evil-doers and that he may be the central target. Batman and Catwoman, whose relationship is now so solid that they've moved in together, team up to stop the violence and uncover the identity of the mind-controlling power who's calling the shots, the power they call "Hush."   

Is it any good?

Batman and Catwoman in a budding romance, a brand new (to film) supervillain whose identity may or may not be revealed, and start-to-finish hyper cartoon violence should satisfy most loyal fans. Batman: Hush is based on a much beloved comic book series, and devotees have been waiting since 2002 for the story to be brought to film. Changes have been made, not extensive, but a few significant ones. Some Batman buffs may be disappointed, but it's been speculated that the creators of this film were hoping to excite and surprise all Batman fans, including those who'd already read the "book."

 On its own, the film works for the most part. A few of the vocal performances are aimed at understated but read as flat instead. And a 12-issue comic book series offers more opportunity for the characters to develop and emerge, a luxury that an 81-minute movie doesn't have, so the movie feels crammed with an over-supply of DC villains. Best for more mature audiences.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the animated violence in Batman: Hush. In what ways, if any, is your response different when watching live-action violence? Why is it important to be aware of the impact of media violence on kids, even cartoon violence?

  • In the movie, Batman says: "Without a (moral) code, I'm no better than them (the villains)." What does he mean by this statement? Have you thought about your own values? What influences have contributed to your development of a strong sense of right and wrong? Has exposure to media helped? Name one fictional character that you admire and find yourself following by example. 

  • If you were already one of the multitude of fans of the Batman: Hush comic book series, did the changes that were made work for you? Were you pleased or disappointed? Did you understand the reasons for the changes that were made? If you were not already familiar with Batman: Hush, did the movie inspire you to read the comic books?

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