The First Trailer For the Batman Ninja Anime Is a Gloriously Brutal Work of Art

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While the concept alone to Warner Bros. Japan upcoming Batman Ninja anime is fantastic enough, it’s the film’s gorgeous visuals that really turn it into a truly unique, compelling work of art. Character designer Takashi Okazaki has reimagined Gotham’s heroes and villains as avant garde fashion statements inspired by Medieval Japan.

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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. Director Jumpei Mizusaki has described Batman Ninja as a film meant to show the world how Japan sees Batman and not one about how Batman (and Bruce Wayne) see Japan. Judging by the trailer, Japan sees a badass side of Batman that’s like nothing we’ve ever seen before.

Batman Ninja hits stores on DVD and Blu-Ray in 2018.

io9 Culture Critic and Staff Writer. Cyclops was right.

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DISCUSSION

Couple thoughts:

- Not sure why it isn’t “Batman Samurai.” Ninja generally are known for killing people, not a well know Batman trait.

- Joker in Japanese is pretty good. I didn’t know Mark Hamil had a Japanese cousin.

- I love how Batman’s just like, “OK cool, going full Samurai now”

- Of course Batman can speak and read medieval Japanese. I could even see it being something weird Joker does in his spare time. Maybe they are just pretending that Robin and Harley Quinn can too for the sake of story.