The idea that Batman exists as a stealthy, gadget-wielding, contemporary crime-fighting nocturnal ninja may seem like a given at this point, but its a fairly recent trope that was ignited by movie and comic book reinventions and is far from the 1939 vision of the pulpy detective of creators Bill Finger and Bob Kane. However, upcoming anime Batman Ninja not only embraces said trope, but creatively utilizes it as the basis for an inventive interpretation of the mythology.
Batman Ninja is written by Kazu Nakashima and directed by Junpei Mizusaki. Batman Ninja sees Gotham City has been traded for a highly-stylized quasi-historical version of feudal Japan, where Batman’s crime fighting endeavor sees him take the form of a samurai/ninja hybrid. The solitary, honor-based lifestyle of the samurai suits Bruce Wayne and we can see that he will face a traditional DC Comics rogues gallery most notably, the Joker, who exists here as a samurai whose skills easily match that of Batman. Thankfully, his regular collection of costumed allies have also made the time trip, allowing them to have his back.
Batman Ninja will stealthily make its digital debut on April 24, followed by the physical release of a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo on May 8.