The DTV That Could Have Been – “The Batman Versus Hush”

Countless projects are shut down at various stages of production. Whether it’s just after the initial idea pitch or early into design work, etc., some productions just aren’t able to make it for one reason or another. This is a brief look at The Batman Versus Hush, a Direct-To-Video feature that could have been.

It’s no secret that Jeff Matsuda, one of the lead creators behind The Batman, is friends with comic book scribe Jeph Loeb. It’s also no secret that Matsuda has talked to Loeb on more than one occasion about introducing the character Hush into The Batman mythos. Who’s Hush? Hush was a character Loeb introduced in the popular Batman comic book storyline “Hush” in the early 2000s. After the success of the The Batman Versus Dracula DTV, it seemed like another The Batman DTV was inevitable. And, actually, there was a second The Batman DTV in early pitching stages, a DTV which would have focused on Hush. Believing in the tremendous wealth of material from Batman’s comic roots, Matsuda thought a DTV focusing on Hush would be something the fans could really enjoy.

However, Warner Bros. Animation wanted to keep the The Batman DTV franchise going as a “The Batman Versus Another Monster” series, so the The Batman Versus Hush (tentative title) idea never went beyond the pitching stage. Whether we’ll see future The Batman DTVs remain to be seen. Until then, Matsuda has recently released his The Batman Versus Hush pitch artwork for the fans to see. A thumbnail of the promotional image created by Matsuda is available below.

Thanks to Jeff Matsuda for the image and additional information.

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“Batman: Gotham Knight” Novelization Coming April 2008

The novelization will adapt the six short stories slated to be featured in the highly anticipated direct-to-video feature. The six short stories, taking place between 2005’s Batman Begins and the upcoming 2008 film The Dark Knight, will be written by Josh Olson, David Goyer, Brian Azzarello, Greg Rucka, Jordan Goldberg, and Alan Burnett. Each segment, featuring a different distinct anime-influenced animated style, will be directed by Bruce Timm.

Batman: Gotham Knight is slated for a June 2008 video release.

WHV Announces New “Sub-Zero” / “Mask of the Phantasm” Combo Release

Warner Home Video (WHV) and DC Comics will release the Batman Double Feature DVD which contains two feature length animated made-for-video movies to DVD for one value price a first time for Batman! The Batman Double Feature DVD will be available on February 12, 2008 for $14.97 SRP. Order due date is January 8, 2008.

Batman and Mr. Freeze: Sub Zero is a breathtaking animated adventure that explodes into action when the villainous Mr. Freeze kidnaps Batgirl. Now, racing the clock, Batman and Robin face off against Mr. Freeze in the iciest showdown of the century. Batman Mask of Phantasm was called one of the most imaginative films of the past year by Chuck Rich (Westwood One). Only here will you discover all-new revelations about Batmans past, his archrival the Joker and the most grueling battle of Batmans life the choice between his love of a beautiful woman and his vow to be the defender of right.