The Batman Ninja anime movie has been assigned a U.S. release date, as well as receiving one final trailer from Warner Bros. Japan. Given his status as one of the most popular characters in the history of pop culture, Batman has naturally been placed in a myriad of wild situations over the course of his career on-screen. It’s rare that a new Batman release takes the Caped Crusader in a truly original direction, but that’s exactly what the upcoming Batman Ninja looks to accomplish.
First announced back at New York Comic-Con in October 2017, Batman Ninja transports Batman and his nemesis The Joker across time to feudal Japan. Also brought along for the ride are many of Batman’s other friends and foes from Gotham. According to the official synopsis, this occurs thanks to “Gorilla Grodd’s time displacement machine,” but when it facilitates the amazing visuals offered up by Batman Ninja, most fans are likely to not really care that much what the inciting event was.
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While it was never in doubt that the Japanese-made Batman Ninja would also find its way to U.S. shores, EW has now revealed the official stateside release date for the film. Similar to many other Warner Bros. releases as of late, Batman Ninja will first arrive on digital HD on April 24. Those who would prefer to buy a physical media version will have to wait until the DVD and Blu-Ray release date of May 8. One final English-language trailer has also been released, and can be seen above.
The English-language voice cast contains quite a few notable names, although some Batman fans will likely be annoyed that go-to actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill weren’t enlisted to play Batman and The Joker. Voicing Batman this time out is Roger Craig Smith, who played the character in the video game Batman: Arkham Origins. He’s a well-traveled voice actor with over 200 credits on his resume. Bringing The Joker to life in Batman Ninja will be Tony Hale of HBO’s Veep, who’s probably most famous for his role of Buster Bluth on Arrested Development.
Elsewhere in the cast, Grey Griffin will voice Catwoman after already playing the character in the Batman: Arkham and Injustice video games. DC animation’s usual Harley Quinn actress Tara Strong will voice both Harley and Poison Ivy in Batman Ninja, while Spongebob Squarepants actor Tom Kenny will voice Penguin. The cast is rounded out by Fred Tatasciore as Gorilla Grodd and Deathstroke, Yuri Lowenthal as Robin, Adam Croasdell as Nightwing and Alfred, Will Friedle as Red Robin and Red Hood, and Eric Bauza as Two-Face. For those interested in hearing Batman Ninja performed by the original Japanese cast, that option will also be included.
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Batman Ninja arrives on digital HD on April 24, and hits DVD and Blu-Ray on May 8.