Batman has gone anime before, but never quite like this!
Batman Ninja has a distinct Japanese flavor thanks to screenwriter Kazuki Nakashima, character designer Takashi Okazaki (Afro Samurai), and the rest of the team that made it a reality. The story brings Batman, the Joker, and their familiar friends and foes to the distant past for an epic battle to determine the fate of Japan. While Batman Ninja was produced for Japan, it was given an all-new script for the American version heading to Blu-Ray and DVD on May 8.
SYFY WIRE’s Dany Roth was at the American premiere of Batman Ninja, where he had the chance to speak with cast members from the film, as well as Nakashima and Okazaki for their thoughts on the new adaptation of their creation.
Arrested Development star Tony Hale praised the artistry behind Batman Ninja when we spoke to him about his take on the Joker. Hale found playing the Clown Prince of Crime to be a refreshing experience after playing so many clueless characters. He also described "three days of a lot of screaming."
Roger Craig Smith told us that he felt honored to play the anime version of Batman, although he questioned how many teeth the Joker had in his mouth. Grey Delisle (Catwoman) and Tara Strong (Harley Quinn) touched upon the onscreen battle between their characters in the film while also expressing their admiration for the costumes. Strong even predicted that cosplayers will love the outfits. Hopefully we’ll see some of those outfits on the summer convention circuit!
There’s more to see in the full interview below.