February 15, 2018
The Caped Crusader has been reimagined in an anime style in Batman Ninja, a new animated film from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment coming to Digital HD April 24 and on disc May 8 (order date April 3).
Batman Ninja finds many of Batman’s friends and enemies transported into feudal Japan by Gorilla Grodd’s time displacement machine. The villains take on the roles of the feudal lords that rule the divided land, with the Joker in charge among the warring factions. Without his gadgets, Batman must rely on his intellect and his allies such as Catwoman and the extended Bat-family to restore order before finding a way to return to present-day Gotham City.
The voice cast includes Roger Craig Smith as Batman, Tony Hale as the Joker, Grey Griffin as Catwoman, Tara Strong as Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, Fred Tatasciore as Grodd and Deathstroke, Yuri Lowenthal as Robin, Adam Croasdell as Nightwing and Alfred, Will Friedle as Red Robin and Red Hood, Tom Kenny as Penguin and Eric Bauza as Two-Face.
“Batman Ninja is an absolute feast for the senses, a stunning spectacle of anime wrapped around a thrill ride of a Batman story,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment VP of family and animation marketing. “Our partners at Warner Bros. Japan have conjured an impressive addition to the Dark Knight’s canon of entertainment, taking Batman and his friends and foes in an altogether new direction. We can’t wait for fans to see this film.”
Disc configurations include DVD ($19.98), Blu-ray combo pack ($24.98) and a special Steelbook Blu-ray ($29.98). A 4K Ultra HD version will be released digitally in summer 2018.
Blu-ray and digital extras include the featurettes “East/West Batman,” about meshing Western tropes and archetypes into the world of feudal Japan; “Batman: Made in Japan,” about adapting Batman into an anime style; and “New York Comic Con Presents Batman Ninja,” a panel discussion from 2017.