Reimaginings of the Batman saga are so common, they’re almost their own genre. We’ve seen LEGO versions, future versions, and a retired Batman… Heck, we’ve seen versions where Bruce died and his parents became Batman and the Joker.
But if you’ve ever thought the Dark Knight would make a perfect ninja, you’re not alone. DC and Warner Bros. Japan are gearing up for Batman Ninja, a feudal time-travel story that puts the Clown Prince of Crime at the steering wheel of Japanese History.
Here Comes Joker-sama
Batman Ninja drops the Joker into the shoes of Sengoku powerhouse Oda Nobunaga. Because, well, if you’re going to take over the world in the feudal era, being Oda Nobunaga is pretty much your only workable option. He’s accompanied by Catwoman and, of course, Harley Quinn.
But Batman hasn’t arrived alone. He’s got Nightwing, Robin, and Alfred with him. How they got there, and how (or if) they’ll get home, is up in the air. For now, the important thing is that the Joker is on an anachronistic rampage, and the Dark Knight needs to get his ninja on…
Wait, is that a giant robot???
Bringing the Team Together
The production has already amassed an impressive cast. Kouichi Yamadera (Spike Spiegel of Cowboy Bebop) and Wataru Tagaki (the title character in Great Teacher Onizuka) lead the film as Batman and the Joker respectively. Appearing as Catwoman is Ai Kakuma (Mayumi in Food Wars!), and Harley Quinn is voiced by Rie Kugimiya (Alphonse Elric of Fullmetal Alchemist).
And as for that slick character design? Thank Takashi Okazaki, the man behind Afro Samurai. He’s character designer for the film, which is being animated by Kamikaze Douga (the team behind the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure openings).
And there’s still more pedigree. JoJo opening animation director Junpei Mizusaki is at the helm. And the script is by Kill la Kill writer Kazuki Nakashima. Whew!
Ready for action? So are we! Sadly, Batman Ninja doesn’t hit Japanese theaters ’til sometime next year, and we haven’t heard anything yet about a Western release. But with a cast and crew like that, we can hope!
Are you excited about Batman Ninja? Let us know in the comments!