Starring: Roger Craig Smith, Grey Griffin, Tony Hale, Tara Strong, Adam Croasdell
Directed By: Junpei Mizusaki
Running Time: 85 mins
BBFC Certificate: 12
UK Release Date: May 14th 2018
‘Batman Ninja’ is a title that sounds like the fever dream of a six-year-old, but it’s not inaccurate for this latest DC animated movie. The film takes the Caped Crusader to Japan and into full-on anime mode, as this was produced and animated in the Land Of The Rising Sun. As the Japanese production company behind the film says in the special features, they were allowed to make a movie where Batman was essentially a guest in their country and had to adapt to their way of doing things, rather than the other way around. As a result this is a Japanese film with Batman in it, rather a Batman film set in Japan.
In the film, after an incredibly quick setup Batman is mysteriously thrown back in time after something goes wrong with the villainous Gorilla Grodd’s time displacement machine. The Caped Crusader finds himself in medieval Japan, but one that’s got a few problems as the time machine also sent a Rogues Gallery of Gotham’s bad guys into the past. Those villains arrived two years before Batman, which has given the likes of Joker, Poison Ivy, Bane and Penguin time to start gaining control of Japan, using their futuristic knowledge and evil skulduggery to control the locals.
Batman sets out to stop them, quickly realising that the Joker and girlfriend Harley Quinn are likely to be his biggest problem, as they want to seize control of the whole of Japan. However, the other villains aren’t to be underestimated either, especially as fighting them means Batman quickly starts running low on the arsenal of futuristic gadgets and technology that help him be a superhero. He’s going to need help to get this sorted, especially when it’s time to start fighting giant robots! [Read more…]