Batman Ninja is yet to be given a release date, but it is expected to arrive in 2019. Batman is missing all of his high-tech weapons, but he trains his mind to take on a powerful Joker, who now claims he's the most powerful figure in Japan.
The first full-length trailer for Batman Ninja debuted today, and while footage is in Japanese, without English subtitles, it's tough to deny that the film is absolutely gorgeous.
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From what I can tell from the trailer, the movie opens with Batman and the Joker engaged in a typically tense battle to the death, only to find themselves hurled back to medieval Japan. The character design comes from Takashi Okazaki of Afro Samurai, the screenplay from Kazuki Nakashima of Gurren Lagann and Kill La Kill, music from Yugo Kanno of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure and Psycho-Pass, and animation from Kamikaze Douga of Jojo.
At the Comic-Con launch, the trio revealed that that they were approached by Warner to create the feature, and as huge Batman fans they jumped at the chance. Perhaps it's because this isn't the Dark Knight's first rodeo with time travel - he spent years wandering through every era from the Stone Age to the 18th century in Grant Morrison's Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne's comic book arc, and there's even another upcoming straight-to-video movie placing Batman in 17th-century London called Batman: Gotham By Gaslight. And I love how Japan apparently sees Batman: as an unstoppable flood of psychedelic, weird villains and mythic characters. Are you looking forward to Batman Ninja? I can't wait to see this thing in its entirety!
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While Batman Ninja will be released to Japanese cinemas in 2018, expect a digital and Blu-ray release in the U.S. It's directed by Junpei Mizusaki, whose previous directing credit is 2005's Zoo, which was an anthology of live action and animated stories.
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