Earlier in December 2017, the people of the world were given the best gift of all a trailer of a classic Batman vs Joker showdown in an all-new direction and take. We all knew this day was bound to eventually come, even before Christopher Nolan’s adaptation, but now we can boldly say Batman is ninja.
“Batman Ninja” the most simplistic yet accurate description puts our ominous caped crusader in feudal Japan. A Japanese and an English trailer have been released so far so fans on both sides of the spectrum can rejoice and enjoy what is to come.
“Batman Ninja takes a journey across the ages as Gorilla Grodd’s time displacement machine transports many of Batman’s worst enemies to Feudal Japan – along with the Dark Knight and a few of his allies. The villains take over the forms of the feudal lords that rule the divided land, with the Joker taking the lead among the warring factions. As his traditional high-tech weaponry is exhausted almost 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”
The anime will be directed by Junpei Mizusaki who is known for his work on Jojo’s Bizzare Adventures and Zoo (2005). The screenplay and script by Kazuki Nakashima (Kamen Rider Fourze the Movie: Everyone, Space Is Here!) while the English adaptation by Leo Chu and Eric Garcia (Afro Samurai).
The English trailer is jam-packed with exciting and iconic devices recreated in a feudal Japan style, that many will recognize. The costume design for both Batman and the Joker are also redesigned to fit the theme but not so much that people will still instantly recognize who is who. From the looks of it, all the major players like Robin, Nightwing, Catwoman, even Alfred will have a role in this epic roller coaster of an adventure.
The only thing that could possibly make this better is if the Joker was voiced by Mark Hamill, but it will interesting to see Arrested Development star Tony Hale as the Joker, while Batman will once again be voiced by Roger Craig Smith who also did the voice over for Batman: Arkham Origins.
The film is set to release April 24 on digital followed by a DVD and Blu-ray release on May 8, so mark your calendars. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, then check it out below.