Geekery: ‘Batman Ninja’ Takes the DC Hero to Feudal Japan

Bats takes on his constant nemesis in this new feature from Jumpei Mizusaki.

Batman isn’t a stranger to time travel to historical settings – he’s  up against Jack the Ripper in Gotham by Gaslight next year – so a jaunt back to Feudal Japan isn’t a stretch. The trailer doesn’t look half bad, especially if you’re already a fan of anime style action sequences. Take a look…

Takashi Okazaki’s character design reminds me of Bandai’s Tamashii Nations Storm Troopers, which are great. The Joker is appropriately creepy, and the translation of the rest of the character’s costumes look good. The animation is better than some of what DC animation has been offering up recently.

Koichi Yamadera (Dragon Ball Super, Ghost in the Shell) is the voice of Batman, and Joker is voiced by Wataru Takagi. Other voice cast includes Ai Kakuma as Catwoman and Rie Kugimiya as Harley Quinn.

The movie is out next year in Japan. No date set for the rest of the world.


What’s your take away from the trailer?

  • Arthfael

    Ok, nice. Now why not drop these tired superheroes and move on?
    Sorry, can’t help myself.

    • Nilok

      We didn’t drop our heroes from myth and legend like Hercules, Achilles, or Gilgamesh. We still keep referencing the epics of old like the Iliad and the Odyssey.

      Superheroes are just our modern version of the oldest stories humanity can remember.

      • Jabberwokk

        Holy crap I met someone else who gets it!

        Yes! There as close to western mythology as we have.

  • YetAnotherFacelessMan

    This looks amazing. Joker as Oda Nobunaga, Gorilla Grodd as Hideyoshi, and Deathstroke as Date Masamune. That’s great stuff.