The story follows Batman getting transported to feudal Japan, along with his worst enemies, due to Gorilla Grodd's time displacement machine. With that, it's kind of unusual that its taken until 2018 for somebody to go "Hey, why don't we, like, really make Batman a ninja, in a full-on Japanese anime and everything?". Already this month, the studio has put out Batman: Gotham by Gaslight: a stellar reimagining of Gotham's Dark Knight as a turn-of-the-century vigilante chasing down Jack the Ripper in the days ahead of the Gotham World's Fair. The first English trailer for the upcoming Batman Ninja seems to have the potential to be one of the craziest and yet possibly best things anyone has done with Batman in a long time. The villains are feudal lords ruling over the divided lands, with the Joker leading the warring factions. Joker brings some of Batman's rogue's gallery with him, and they aim to take over Japan.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure producer Junpei Mizusaki directed Batman Ninja, which bears character designs from Afro Samurai creator Takashi Okazaki. Batman Ninja releases digitally on April 24th, with the Blu-ray version swinging into stores on May 8th. As his traditional high-tech weaponry is exhausted nearly immediately, Batman must rely on his intellect and his allies - including Catwoman and the extended Bat-family - to restore order to the land, and return to present-day Gotham City.More news: Notre Dame's appeal denied; NCAA upholds decision to vacate 21 football wins
The film does feature and extensive English dub featuring names like Fred Tatasciore and Adam Croasdell, although for those who want to really stick to the anime feel, hopefully you'll be able to switch to Japanese voices as well.
Roger Craig Smith (Batman: Arkham Origins) and Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development) lead the English-speaking cast as Batman and the Joker, respectively, while Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo) voices Catwoman and Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke) lends her pipes for Harley Quinn.More news: Beware of Valentine's Day scams
At the Batman Ninja NYCC panel, Okazaki explained that combining 21st-century Gotham with the Middle Ages of Japan was flawless for him.More news: Under Armour Inc. (UA) Is Climbing On Strong Q4 Revenues