Batman Ninja Anime Gets Incredible First Trailer, Watch It Here

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The idea that Batman exists as a stealthy, gadget-wielding, contemporary crime-fighting nocturnal ninja may seem like a given at this point, but it's a fairly recent trope that was ignited by movie and comic book reinventions and far from the 1939 vision of a costumed rope-swinging detective of creators Bob Kane and Bill Finger. Batman is missing all of his high-tech weapons, but he trains his mind to take on a powerful Joker, who now claims he's the most powerful figure in Japan. If you said the trailer for a Batman anime set in feudal Japan, then you'd be correct.

'Batman Ninja is the story of how Batman, the Bat Family, and a number of Gotham's criminals are transported through time and space back to Medieval Japan where they become embroiled in a local power struggle.

Batman Ninja is the brainchild of writer Kazu Nakashima (Futagashira) and designer Takashi Okazaki (Samurai Jack).


Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Penguin and Gorilla Grodd also make appearances.

Batman Ninja stars plenty of traditional Batman characters, including the Joker, Harley Quinn and Robin. The Joker immediately hatches a plan to alter events of the past and change history, and it's up to Batman to stop him - in a dramatic fashion filled with speed lines, elaborate outfits, and impossible feats of kung-fu. Perhaps it's because this isn't the Dark Knight's first rodeo with time travel - he spent years wandering through every era from the Stone Age to the 18th century in Grant Morrison's Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne's comic book arc, and there's even another upcoming straight-to-video movie placing Batman in 17th-century London called Batman: Gotham By Gaslight.

While Batman Ninja has yet to announce a specific release date, the feature is expected to arrive on DVD/Blu-ray sometime in 2018.

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