One of the things that has sustained Batman for almost 80 years is his ability to be at home in seemingly any type of story: Shadowy noir, campy comedy, old-school whodunit, etc etc etc. And yet, until this point there has never been an authentic anime variation on the Batman character – until the release of an upcoming animated film entitled Batman Ninja.
Batman Ninja has Batman, The Joker, and from what I can gather at least a couple other Gotham City citizens transported by some mysterious means back to feudal Japan, where Joker immediately launches an evil plot to change the course of history – I guess it’s a good thing Batman was there to stop him, or try to, anyway.
Take a look at the trailer for Batman Ninja, with character designs by Afro Samurai creator Takashi Okazaki, below. The film will reportedly be released in Japan sometime next year, but hopefully a wider release will be in the offing after that.