The Batman Ninja trailer transports the crimefighting clashes of the Dark Knight to the setting of feudal Japan.

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Joseph Baxter

Feb 13, 2018

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 is far from the 1939 vision of a costumed rope-swinging detective of creators Bob Kane and Bill Finger. However, upcoming anime Batman Ninja not only embraces said trope, but creatively utilizes it as the basis for an inventive interpretation of the mythology.

Batman Ninja is the brainchild of writer Kazu Nakashima (Futagashira) and designer Takashi Okazaki (Samurai Jack). Junpei Mizusaki will serve as director, breaking a long hiatus from 2005 anime Zoo.

Batman Ninja Trailer

A new Batman Ninja trailer promotes the release of the Caped Crusader’s inventively mind-blowing time-jumping Japanese adventure for the first time with its recorded English dialogue.

Batman Ninja, utilizing a little bit of timey-wimey, sees Gotham City has been traded for a highly-stylized quasi-historical version of feudal Japan, where Batman’s crimefighting endeavor sees him take the form of an armored, sword-swinging samurai/ninja hybrid. The solitary, honor-based lifestyle of the samurai suits Bruce Wayne well and we can see that he’ll face a traditional DC Comics rogues gallery consisting of Catwoman, Two-Face, Gorilla Grodd and, most notably, the Joker, who exists here as a purple-armor-clad cackling samurai whose skills easily match that of Batman’s. Thankfully, his regular gagle of costumed allies have also made the time trip, allowing them to have his back.

After months of teases, going back to July at San Diego Comic-Con, the first Batman Ninja trailers (seen below,) made their debut in December.

Batman Ninja Release Date

Batman Ninja will stealthily make its digital debut on April 24, followed by the physical release of a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo (with an optional Steelbook version), which hits retail on May 8. You can check out the standard Blu-ray cover below.

Batman Ninja Poster

Here’s the teaser poster for Batman Ninja, showing the familiar sight of a mid-air Batman, only decked out in his ninja gear and ready to wreak havoc amongst the criminals and general ne’er-do-wells that dare to deal out injustices in his version of feudal Japan.