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Batman: Hush

by Alan Rapp on August 14, 2019

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  • Title: Batman: Hush
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Batman: Hush Blu-ray reviewThe latest DC Comics animated feature is an adaptation of the hugely popular twelve-part mini-series by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee. The film takes quite a few liberties with the source material, even going so far as to change the identity of the villain named Hush who the arc introduced as a mastermind attacking both Batman (Jason O’Mara) and Bruce Wayne from multiple angles prior to revealing himself. Although some cutting may be necessary to fit within the structure of the movie, the script still oddly keeps an excessive amount of the (mostly unnecessary) thread involving Superman (Jerry O’Connell) and Poison Ivy (Peyton List).

Fitting into the existing storyline of the Son of Batman movies, with only a cameo from Damian, the script does take steps to push Batman into more of a classic costume for most of the film to more closely resemble the look of the comic (if only the those in charge of the project had done the same with the plot).

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  • Title: Batman – The Bookworm Turns / While Gotham City Burns
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Batman - The Bookworm Turns / While Gotham City Burns TV review

Throwback Thursday takes us back to the 1966 Batman TV-series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. Roddy McDowall guest-stars as the Bookworm who enjoys running the Dynamic Duo ragged with odd clues, misdirection (including faking the death of Commissioner Gordon), and literary references while his true goal is to get his hands on the Batmobile in order to steal priceless books from the library vault. While an odd villain, with some pretty lame henchmen, McDowall is obviously enjoying his time with the role and Francine York steals a scene or two as the member of the gang left to try and misdirect Batman. (Although the plan fails, it does allow for the capture of the Boy Wonder.)

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Batman #75

by Alan Rapp on July 24, 2019

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Batman #75 comic reviewBatman #75 feels very much like an Elseworlds story as we open to a Gotham City where Hugo Strange is the Police Commissioner and the Joker and Riddler are police detectives on the beat involving a double-homicide committed by Two-Face. Although there is a Batman working the streets, it’s the alternate version of Thomas Wayne whose back-up isn’t Robin but Gotham Girl. This is Gotham City, as designed by Bane.

I’ll admit I haven’t kept up to date on this Batman title recently, but piecing together what we see here it looks like Bane had used the Psycho-Pirate to take control of the city and make the various Bat-villains his stooges in keep control of things. As bizarre a concept as it is, the set-up is intriguing (even if I can’t really figure out how Thomas Wayne fits into this?).

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Event Leviathan #2

by Alan Rapp on July 22, 2019

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Event Leviathan #2 comic reviewDC’s summer event has been all about chaos and misdirection, which makes it hard to buy into the theory postulated here about who is behind the attacks across the DCU on various spy organizations such as A.R.G.U.S., Spyral, the DEO, and others.

Taking place mostly in a single conversation between Batman and the Red Hood, Batman gets his former protege up to speed on events while stalling for a more pressing purpose. During the conversation we’re also given a sequence featuring the mysterious leader of Leviathan who seems to know the Justice League intimately.

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Batman & the Outsiders #3

by Alan Rapp on July 22, 2019

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Batman & the Outsiders #3 comic reviewBatman & the Outsiders #3 is all about tests and loyalty. After taking Sofia Ramos, Ra’s al Ghul begins to condition the young woman and slowly bend her to his will. At the same time, rather than hunt for the girl, Batman puts the Outsiders through a test of his own whose true purpose is force Signal to face his guilt and stop running from it.

The lack of urgency on Batman’s behalf to rescue Sofia is highly perplexing, as is the fact that none of the Outsiders question the Dark Knight Detective taking them off the case for a training exercise while the young woman they failed to save is being brainwashed by a delusional madman.

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