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.

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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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.