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Batman Ninja (2018)

PG-13 | | Animation, Action | 24 April 2018 (USA)
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Batman, along with a number of his allies and adversaries, finds himself transplanted from modern Gotham City to feudal Japan.

Director:

Junpei Mizusaki

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Kazuki Nakashima (screenplay), Leo Chu (English screenplay) | 10 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôichi Yamadera ... Batman (voice)
Wataru Takagi ... The Joker (voice)
Ai Kakuma ... Catwoman (voice)
Rie Kugimiya ... Harley Quinn (voice)
Atsuko Tanaka ... Poison Ivy (voice)
Daisuke Ono ... Nightwing (voice)
Hôchû Ôtsuka ... Alfred Pennyworth (voice)
Takehito Koyasu ... Gorilla Grodd (voice)
Jun'ichi Suwabe Jun'ichi Suwabe ... Deathstroke (voice) (as Suwabe Junichi)
Yûki Kaji ... Robin (voice)
Akira Ishida ... Red Hood (voice)
Kengo Kawanishi Kengo Kawanishi ... Red Robin (voice)
Chô Chô ... Penguin (voice) (as Yûichi Nagashima)
Toshiyuki Morikawa ... Two-Face (voice)
Kenta Miyake Kenta Miyake ... Bane (voice)
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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. Written by Warner Bros.

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East meets West in this spectacular all-new anime Batman movie! See more »

Genres:

Animation | Action

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and for some suggestive material | See all certifications »

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Official Site | Official Site [Japan] | See more »

Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

24 April 2018 (USA) See more »

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Development on Batman Ninja (2018) began in 2014. See more »

Quotes

Catwoman: Isn't a gorilla eating a banana a little cliche?
Gorilla Grodd: Says the cat burglar wearing a cat costume.
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References Batman (1989) See more »

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A complete and utter waste of time
29 April 2018 | by seth-cocciaSee all my reviews

I'm not someone who reviews films online, but this was so pitifully done that it deserves some criticism.

Given that anime is a visually-focused story telling medium, it can be expected that dialogue will rarely be taken seriously. Unlike western animation, scripts are usually only developed after the animation is complete. For this reason, WB allowed for the English language version to develop independently from the Japanese, expecting that doing so would ensure that the film was authentically Batman while allowing the animation team in Japan to focus on making an authentically anime creation of their own. However, the result is the most mindless Batman script ever created in an animated film. The animation has its moments, but is completely overshadowed by the dumbest and least observant Batman ever created. For the world's greatest detective to ask who a group of samurai wearing Joker masks are working for is just lazy storytelling. This Batman has none of the characteristics that make him an attractive character and the voice acting feals forced and overdone.

I never trust these types of crossover endeavors because they rarely allow for either medium's strengths to fully materialize. Reading that this was to be scripted independently in English made me curious to see if there would be some more substance to the story to go along with the flashy animation, but it's a hard pass. There's some chance that the Japanese version might make a little more sense, but I don't see how this poorly constructed story allows for much improvement. A hard pass.


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