Batman travels back to medieval Japan and becomes a samurai in order to defeat the Joker and Harley Quinn. No, that's not some kind of fan fiction, it's the premise of Batman Ninja, the latest offering from Warner Brothers Animation. After an experiment of Gorilla Grodd's goes horribly wrong, Bruce Wayne finds himself transported back in time to Japan's Edo Period when shoguns and samurai warriors reigned supreme. Originally recorded in Japanese, the movie is now receiving an English-dubbed release in North America.
Directed by Jumpei Mizusaki (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure), Batman Ninja is heavily inspired by anime and stars Roger Craig Smith (Batman: Arkham Origins) as the Caped Crusader, Tony Hale (A Series of Unfortunate Events) as the Clown Prince of Gotham, and Tara Strong (Rugrats) as Harley Quinn. Strong has voiced the character before in Batman: Arkham City, but this is Hale's first crack at the Joker and he's got big shoes to fill, mainly those of Mark Hamill, who re-defined the maniacal villain in Batman: The Animated Series.
In an exclusive clip from the movie provided to SYFY WIRE, you can see Batman, Quinn, and Joker in action. You have to hand it to Hale for being brave enough to do his own take on the classic bad guy, instead of just trying to emulate Hamill's interpretation. Check out his gleeful performance below:
Batman Ninja arrives on Digital and On-Demand today while the DVD and Blu-ray hit shelves May 8. The film also co-stars Tom Kenny (the Penguin), Grey DeLisle (Catwoman), Yuri Lowenthal (Robin), and Eric Bauza (Two-Face).
On Tuesday, May 1, Batman Ninja will have its NYC premiere at The Directors Guild of America (110 West 57th Street in New York City). Starting at 7:00pm, the event will include a screening of the full film, and a post-screening panel discussion amongst the filmmakers and actors. A limited number of free tickets are available to the general public (see details below).
Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the New York screening on May 1 must RSVP via email to BatmanNinjaNYC@gmail.com. Ticket requests will be fulfilled on a “first come, first served” basis, and fans will be notified via email by Friday, April 27.
The body of all fan RSVP emails need ONLY include the (1) name of the entrant, (2) number of tickets being requested (limit four per entry), (3) valid email address, and (4) name of the media outlet/website by which the entrant learned of the screening. Please enter only once. Fans should keep their entry simple – here’s an example of exactly how the body of the RSVP email should appear:
On Wednesday, May 2, the filmmakers and actors will make an appearance at Kinokuniya Bookstore (1073 Avenue of the Americas) in New York City. There will be a Q&A and a signing of exclusive Batman Ninja posters. This event, starting at 5:30 p.m., is also free to the public.