Shinsuke Terasawa (director)
February 07, 2022 (published)
February 03, 2022
It’s a great setup for a story that takes the viewer across the world from Spain to Shanghai to Paris as Catwoman manages to shock and alert, Leviathan (which is a collective of the world’s most powerful criminal organizations) , law enforcement, and Batwoman (Stephanie Beatriz). As well as a few demons once the League of Shadows got involved.
There’s a lot going on in this movie; intrigue, fights (perhaps too much of the latter for there to be a hint of filler about it at times) and a surprising amount of sexual innuendo that has so far been confined to bat-and-cat .
It’s a brilliantly drawn anime influenced by director Shinsuke Terasawa at the helm, with a good script by Greg Weisman that gives the actors plenty of room to work and develop their vision for the characters.
Another key element is Yutaka Yamada’s soundtrack which Terasawa carefully weaved through the film incorporating a number of different musical styles that work really well in the films and as a foil for certain characters.
It is, however, a strange film in that it feels like it comes from another story and there is a definite hint that there is more to come. It’s boldly fan-fun with references to Catwoman’s various costumes and villains not usually associated with the bat/cat side of the DC Universe. And of course, her relationship with Batman, though we’re forced to think about other aspects of Selina Kyle’s character or is she just a manipulative thief with an eye on herself.
Special features are a featurette: When The Hunter Becomes The Hunted and a documentary Catwoman: The Feline Femme Fatale.
Catwoman: Hunted is available on DVD and Blu-ray from February 7 and digital download from February 8.