A dazzling, action-packed animated adventure

Catwoman teams up with Batwoman to stop a criminal organization from trafficking girls.


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Catwoman stars in a thrilling animated adventure that will leave you purring with joy. Catwoman: Hunted takes the notorious thief on a globe-trotting adventure as a vicious criminal organization is hot on her heels. The film has a catchy jazz soundtrack and uses clever split-screen editing to make the slick action scenes feel adrenalized. It also gets pretty racy with some sexually charged flirtations between her and Batwoman. The ride has a serious undertone with noble intentions. Catwoman fights human traffickers who enslave innocent girls.

The opening credits set the stage with creative editing. We next see Catwoman (Elizabeth Gillies) in a retro guise at a costume party in Spain. She infiltrates the event as Black Mask’s (Jonathan Banks) date. Gotham’s crime boss wants to join a criminal cartel called Leviathan. Its leader, Lady Barbara Minerva (Kirby Howell-Baptiste), demands a hefty entrance fee. The Cat’s Eye Emerald will secure a place at the gangster table.

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Catwoman’s incredible escape with the priceless prize infuriates Lady Minerva. She sends every goon at her disposal after Selina Kyle. Lady Minerva wants Catwoman’s nine lives extinguished as a bloody example. The cat-like burglar gets some surprising allies from Interpol. Batwoman (Stephanie Beatriz) and Julia Pennyworth (Lauren Cohen) promise clemency if she helps them defeat Leviathan. Their goal seems insurmountable when Leviathan unleashes a torrent of villains.

Catwoman: Hunted never let go of the accelerator. Screenwriter Greg Weisman keeps the protagonist fun and witty as she cuts through the bad guys. Director Shinsuke Terasawa creates long chase scenes that are accompanied by infectious drumming and blaring horns. It then changes its mood to reflect Catwoman’s animal magnetism. She is a rare commodity and knows how to use her seductive gifts. Hearts will flutter and pulses will flutter as Catwoman literally steams up the screen with Batwoman. Warner Bros. Animation ramps up the heat without becoming overly graphic.

Leviathan bosses are no joke. The action relies well on heavy confrontations with mystical elements. Catwoman and Batwoman initially underestimate their enemies. Their arrogant behavior gets a serious attitude adjustment. These characters are not invincible fighters. They must employ more than raw skill to take on such formidable foes. Lady Minerva takes ferocity to an extreme level.

Catwoman likes to steal shiny things, but here she takes a heroic twist. The opening credits state its program without specifically indicating it. Catwoman’s goal is to free kidnapped girls from sexual exploitation. The film doesn’t hammer home that message or resort to raunchy tactics. It’s a difficult balance to entertain and enlighten. The filmmakers succeed in highlighting the problem of trafficking in women.

Catwoman: Hunted is a must-have for all fans of the genre. I enjoyed this movie immensely. The recent wave of DC Universe animations have been too austere. It’s refreshing to see a lighter entry with feminine themes. Catwoman: Hunted is produced by DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation. It is currently available for digital download. A limited theatrical release will accompany the February 8 DVD/Blu-ray release from Warner Bros. HomeEntertainment.


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