The trailer for Batman Ninja has been released, and it might cure the Batman blues. The trailer features a new take on The Dark Knight and other characters from Gotham City in Japan. Batman and his team (Nightwing, Robin, Alfred, and others) fight to find a way to return home. Joker, Penguin, Catwoman, and Harley Quinn make appearances in the Warner Bros.-backed movie. This project was announced at New York Comic-Con in October.
Clocking in at 2 minutes, the Batman Ninja trailer starts by reading, “A New Batman Story” and we see Batman and his arch nemesis, the Joker, preparing for a battle. Explosions, meditation and newly introduced samurai warriors front the trailer which shows a little bit of the action. This animation style is pretty cool and is a good blend of the Batman animated series and anime designs. The trailer is shown with subtitles, and it is not yet clear as of now if the movie will be released in English.
Takashi Okazaki, who had designed characters for Afro Samurai, was the character designer on the feature-length cartoon. Batman Ninja is directed by Junpei Mizusaki and written by Kazuki Nakashima with the English script written by Eric Garcia and Leo Chu. This movie will be out in 2018 in the United States with a release in Japan by January.
Batman Ninja is a collaborative project between Warner Bros. Japan and Warner Bros. Entertainment. The trailer looks unique and will be something that Batman and Anime will be able to dive into.
The trailer for Batman Ninja is a super exciting tease into a reimagination of Batman that looks very promising. It will be interesting to see how this stacks up next to Batman: Gotham by Gaslight.
In other Batman news, it seems like Jake Gyllenhaal might be the next actor to portray the Dark Knight. This will be in Matt Reeves’ The Batman which has seen a fair share of turbulence over the last year.