What happens when you mix Batman and anime? You get arguably one of the most badass-looking Dark Knights around: Batman Ninja.
The animated flick has adopted an anime aesthetic and earlier in the year at New York Comic Con, graphic designer Takashi Okazaki, director Jumpei Mizusaki, and the team of screenwriters played a bit of footage for the crowd and answered some questions.
Now, the first trailer for the feature film has dropped, displaying Batman in something fans haven’t seen before, as he has been re-envisioned in feudal era Japan.
See it here below:
The animation was done by Kill La Kill‘s Kazuki Nakashima and designed by Afro Samurai‘s Takashi Okazaki.
The movie is spoken completely in Japanese, but includes subtitles. Plans for an English overdub is yet to be revealed.
The trailer opens with footage of Batman rocking samurai armour confronting The Joker. It quickly cuts to clips of Nightwing punching the Penguin, Robin facing off against Poison Ivy with katanas, Catwoman squaring up with Harley Quinn, and finally, displays Gorilla Grodd as a villainous feudal lord.
The premise of the DC Animated film is that Batman and his allies have been transported to feudal Japan, featuring many classic villains that fans know and love, or perhaps hate.
The film will be rated PG-13, which means we probably can’t expect to see any detached limbs, but the fight scenes are expected to be some of the best animation that Batman has been given. With some shots requiring the animators to rotoscope real martial arts footage.
There is no official release day yet, but fans can expect to see it sometime 2018.