Experience an all-new adventure with DC’s most powerful heroine – filled with intrigue, mythology and relentless battles on shores near and far – in “Wonder Woman: Bloodlines,” the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies.
Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film arrives – accompanied by the DC Showcase animated short Death, inspired by Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman” – from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting October 5, 2019, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, and Blu-ray Combo Pack on October 22, 2019.
In “Wonder Woman: Bloodlines,” Amazon princess Diana of Themyscira chooses to save fighter pilot Steve Trevor and return him to his home in America – setting in motion one of Wonder Woman’s most captivating chapters. Fulfilling the role of both ambassador as well as protector, Diana soon earns the name Wonder Woman from the gracious people of Earth. Equally strong in body, heart and will, she makes it her mission to help a troubled young girl enlisted by a deadly organization known as Villainy, Inc., whose criminal members have their sights set on invading Themyscira, Diana’s paradise home. Prepare for a thrilling quest packed with brutal battles, mysterious mythology and endless wonder!
Rosario Dawson (Jane the Virgin, Rent, Luke Cage) returns as the voice of Wonder Woman for the sixth time, leading a sensational “Wonder Woman: Bloodlines” voice cast that includes Jeffrey Donovan (Fargo, Burn Notice) as Steve Trevor, Marie Avgeropoulos (The 100) as Silver Swan, Adrienne C. Moore (Orange Is the New Black) as Etta Candy, Kimberly Brooks (DC Super Hero Girls, Mass Effect, Winx Club) as The Cheetah & Giganta, Courtenay Taylor (Regular Show, Fallout 4) as Dr. Poison, Constance Zimmer (Entourage, House of Cards, Unreal) as Veronica Cale, Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) as Julia Kapatelis, Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Arrow) as Ferdinand, Cree Summer (Batman Beyond, Rugrats) as Hippolyta, Mozhan Marno (The Blacklist, House of Cards) as Dr. Cyber, and Ray Chase (Justice League Dark) as Lead Bandit.
“Wonder Woman: Bloodlines” is co-directed by Sam Liu (Reign of the Supermen) and Justin Copeland (Batman: Hush) from a script by Mairghread Scott (Justice League Action, Guardians of the Galaxy animated series). Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) is co-producer. Sam Liu and Amy McKenna (The Death of Superman) are producers. Executive Producers are Sam Register and James Tucker (Batman: Hush).
Batman: Hush The Animated Film Review
Batman: Hush The Animated Film is based on one of the greatest graphic novels of our time. The story arc was brilliantly written by Jeph Loeb and featured the jaw dropping art of Jim Lee. It managed to craft a number of DC characters into an interesting and well orchestrated story. To say this movie had some big shoes to fill would be an understatement. I personally own five different releases of this timeless classic, including the Absolute Edition (which I highly recommend). This movie, for good or bad, is a lot different.
Right off the bat (pun intended) this movie tries to create an original story instead of sticking to the novel’s original premise. I give this film credit for the try, but execution falls short. You may enjoy the film a lot more if you’re going in with no knowledge of Loeb’s splendid tale. For me, I feel very attached to Loeb’s version, so any change would make it inferior in my mind.
The graphic novel starts with a thrilling rescue scene, where as, this movie pushes that particular moment back and begins with a boring social event. When the rescue scene finally does happen, a lot its excitement is rushed through with poor dialogue and subpar action. It didn’t help that Croc’s part in the story was replaced by Bane for no rhyme or reason. I really think this would have worked much better as a two part film. It is a lot of narrative thrown into an hour and a half timeframe, however the biggest problems with the film is still its decision to change things. While the inclusion of Damian Wayne was an odd choice and totally unnecessary, the exclusion of other characters, such as Huntress, Tim Drake, Jason Todd, Ra’s or Talia al Ghul, bothered me a lot more.
The decision to make Barbra Gordon Batgirl instead of Oracles was also one that left a bad taste in my mouth, but the lack of a Thomas Elliot storyline was most disturbing thing to me in a movie bearing the name ‘Hush’. Characters weren’t the only thing that seemed disjointed from one another, costumes were oddly jumbled. Batman had the early 2000s Hush era look, while Superman wore that atrocious DC Comics Rebirth costume.
There were some nice iconic moments that mirrored the graphic novel. The legendary Batman and Catwoman kiss by moonlight was nice, as well as Superman saving Lois Lane, but too many of the things that made this story arc so special were ignored. The movie spent much more time with the love story between Batman and Catwoman, instead of muscling up on action and mystery.
While I knew that there was no way the animation would look as good as Lee’s artwork, it was, at times, beautiful especially in 4K, yet other times lacking. Especially when the Batmobile racing down the streets of Gotham.
This animated film’s runtime was around an hour and a half, but it somehow seemed longer. The story itself was an empty shell of the original, which left this Bat-fan painfully hungry well after the credits finished.
The Clown Prince of Gotham’s origin story starring Joaquin Phoenix, is among films premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
TIFF kicks off September 5th.