Batman Ninja was officially announced at New York Comic-Con this year with story writer Kazuki Nakashima (Kill La Kill) and character designer Takashi Okazaki (Afro Samurai). Together, they have created a Batman we truly haven’t seen in action before. Batman, along with a number of his allies and adversaries, finds himself transplanted from modern Gotham City to feudal Japan, and in these premiere trailers we see a bulky Samurai-inspired armored Batman confront a spectral-laced Joker.
Warner Bros. Japan saw fit to release two new trailers for Batman Ninja, the first being English subtitled, and the same one screened for fans at New York Comic-Con, and the second is the newly made theatrical trailer, which doesn’t include English subtitles but does feature a lot of alternate footage.
For those curious, we have both Batman Ninja trailers for your viewing enjoyment below:
The Clown Prince of Crime takes on a spectral feel to his design, something akin to Japanese ghost folklore. The trailer also gives us our first glimpses of Nightwing leaping into action as he strikes at the Penguin. Robin brandishing a sword. Catwoman and Harley Quinn duking it out, while the scarred Two-Face is revealed when he removes a facial armor known as a men-yoroi. One of the last tidbits shown in the trailer is the reveal of Gorilla Grodd, who appears to also be a feudal lord.
Everything from the animation to the character design feels at once familiar and fresh. Take for example Damian Wayne’s hairstyle and Jason Todd’s helmet design. Damian has his hair cut like a noble child since he is both heirs to the Al Ghul’s and Wayne’s empire, and Jason is wearing what is called a fallen Samurai monk basket mask, which was common among Shogunate assassins. This level of subtext incorporated into the characters is one reason Batman Ninja will be such a treat for comic fans.
We also have an official poster courtesy of Warner Bros. Japan for Batman Ninja:
Batman Ninja arrives on DVD and Blu-ray sometime in 2018, and Warner Bros. will include both the original Japanese version of the film and an English-dubbed version. With the Batman: Gotham By Gaslight also being released the same year, it’s a great time for alternate Batman tales.
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