Batman Ninja, the upcoming anime-inspired DC movie from Warner Brothers Animation, doesn't waste any time in getting to the "Ninja" part of things.
The movie becomes available on Digital and On-Demand tomorrow (we'll have an exclusive clip then!), but you can already watch the first two minutes below, which explain how Batman ended up trapped in feudal Japan in the first place.
We open on a dark and stormy [k]night at Arkham Asylum in the regular Gotham City, as Grey DeLisle's Catwoman delivers an interesting bit of narration: "You think you've heard every Batman story? I promise, you haven't. I wouldn't have believed it myself if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes. And this time, curiosity almost killed this cat."
We cut to Batman (Roger Craig Smith) fighting Gorilla Grod (Fred Tatasciore), who's got some dangerous experiment going that bends space and time before transporting the Caped Crusader back in time, to the middle of a serene-looking Japanese village.
Directed by Jumpei Mizusaki (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure) and designed by Takashi Okazaki (Afro Samurai), Batman Ninja also features the Joker (Tony Hale), Alfred and Nightwing (Adam Croasdell), Robin, (Yuri Lowenthal), Red Robin and Red Hood (Will Friedle), Harley Quinn (Tara Strong), Two-Face (Eric Bauza), and the Penguin (Tom Kenny).
The film was originally recorded in Japanese, but was later dubbed in English; the trailer and release date for the American version were released in February. Leo Chu helped translate the original script into English, but still wanted to maintain the spirit of both Batman and anime.
"We just tried to observe the acting that was being put into the drawings," Chu said at WonderCon in March.
Batman Ninja becomes available on Digital and On-Demand tomorrow, or you can wait until May 8 for the DVD and Blu-ray.