Production: Warner Bros.
Director: Shinsuke Terasawa
Starring: Elizabeth Gillies, Stephanie Beatriz, Jonathan Banks, Steve Blum, Lauren Cohan, Keith David, Zehra Fazal, Jonathan Frakes, Kirby howell-Baptiste, Kelly Hu, Andrew Kishino, Eric Lopez, Jacqueline Obradors, Ron Yuan
Reviewed By: Dean Asquith
My Rating: 4 out of 5 🏹
In the all-new original Catwoman: Hunted, Catwoman's attempt to steal a priceless jewel puts her squarely in the crosshairs of both a powerful consortium of villains and the ever-resourceful Interpol, not to mention Batwoman. It might just be enough to contain her. Or not.
The opening scenes of the movie are like a who's who of DC Comics and is great fun straight off the bat. Forgive the pun! The team up of Batwoman and Catwoman oozes the feel of powerful women that embodies the entire movie with the inclusion of powerful female villains also!
Gorgeous anime style animation is a treat for the eyes in Catwoman: Hunted. It is the perfect balance of superb animation, which we have come to expect from the DC Comics animated universe, and the overly accentuated character features you would expect from a top tier anime. The music lends itself just as easily to a 50s crime caper movie as it does to this. It supports the entire design and ideas of the movie and encapsulates the vision entirely.
The casting is a dream in Catwoman: Hunted. Elizabeth Gillies is such an incredible Catwoman who owns the role with expert ability. Elizabeth honours all Catwoman that there has been and will be with a performance that will secure her as one of the legends of DC animation. Stephanie Beatriz is absolutely inspired casting with Stephanie cementing herself as THE Batwoman for the generation and after watching this movie, i cannot imagine another voice as the red headed hero!
The Leviathan villains increase the anime vibe with their ability to use evil looking monsters and the use of mech suits to battle Batwoman and Catwoman. Keeping the punchlines flowing the heroes take on incredibly animated fight scenes well except Tobias Whale who quite literally just throws his weight around, he was rubbish and I wanted more of the other adversaries rather than him but I can understand his inclusion and enjoyed watching Catwoman stab him repeatedly.
All in all, Catwoman: Hunted is an absolute blast of an anime/DC Comics crossover that is flooded with enjoyable moments and spectacular action. Impeccable nods to DC Comics lore mean that it has it’s place in the animated universe but also does an awesome job of standing on it’s own 2 feet, or should I say 4.