Batman Ninja Japanese Clip Highlights Villains
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Warner Bros. began streaming a Japanese clip for the Batman Ninja anime on Tuesday. The video shows the villains from Batman's rogue's gallery that appear in the film, which include the Joker, Penguin, Poison Ivy, and Deathstroke, all of whom take the place of famous historical Sengoku period warlords in the film.
Warner Bros. released the film on Digital on April 24, and on Blu-ray Disc Steelbook, DVD, and Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on May 8. The release included the Japanese audio track as well as the English dub. The anime will debut in Japanese theaters on June 15 with the Japanese voice cast.
The Japanese cast includes:
- Kouichi Yamadera as Batman
- Wataru Takagi as Joker
- Ai Kakuma as Catwoman
- Rie Kugimiya as Harley Quinn
- Takehito Koyasu as Gorilla Grodd
- Atsuko Tanaka as Poison Ivy
- Junichi Suwabe as Deathstroke
- Chō as Penguin
- Toshiyuki Morikawa as Two-Face
- Kenta Miyake as Bane
- Yūki Kaji as Robin
- Kengo Kawanishi as Red Robin
- Daisuke Ono as Nightwing
- Akira Ishida as Red Hood
- Houchu Ohtsuka as Alfred
Warner Bros. describes the story:
Batman Ninja takes a journey across the ages as Gorilla Grodd's time displacement machine transports many of Batman's worst enemies to feudal Japan - along with the Dark Knight and a few of his allies. The villains take over the forms of the feudal lords that rule the divided land, with the Joker taking the lead among the warring factions. As his traditional high-tech weaponry is exhausted almost immediately, Batman must rely on his intellect and his allies - including Catwoman and the extended Bat-family - to restore order to the land, and return to present-day Gotham City.
Junpei Mizusaki, the producer of the opening animation sequences for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders and Kamikaze Douga CEO/founder, was the film's director. Kazuki Nakashima, who was in charge of the series scripts for Gurren Lagann and Kill la Kill, was the screenwriter. Takashi Okazaki, the creator of the Afro Samurai manga, was the character designer for the film. The project also involved English-language screenwriters Leo Chu and Eric Garcia, the executive producers for the Afro Samurai series and Afro Samurai: Resurrection film.
Kamikaze Douga worked on the project, and Yūgo Kanno (Psycho-Pass, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable, Ajin) composed the music. The anime's website stated the project was three years in the making.
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