Batman Ninja will be getting a live-action stage adaptation in Japan later this year.
One of DC’s most inspired animated films in recent memory has been Batman Ninja, a film that saw the Caped Crusader being transported to Feudal Japan to bring Gorilla Grodd to justice. The anime also featured some of Batman’s most iconic characters in brand new Japan-centric looks. These included brand new takes on characters like Robin, Joker, Harley Quinn, and Poison Ivy.
The anime presented DC fans with a brand new storyline that expanded the Batman mythos, whilst also being a solid one-off that was able to take considerable risks. Batman Ninja also boasted unique visuals, the likes of which most DC animated films don’t take advantage of. These included beautiful CG visuals and breath-taking water color animation that perfectly fit within the visual language of the anime.
Now, Batman Ninja fans in Japan will get to see their favorite hero on the big stage. Otaku USA took to Twitter to share the news that Batman Ninja is getting a live-action stage adaptation later this year in Japan. The live-action Batman Ninja production will run at Tokyo’s Theatre Moliere Shinjuku from October 10 to December 31. Those interested in snagging tickets or learning more information for the production can click here.
It’s disappointing that Batman Ninja won’t be hitting the likes of Broadway but the production is an inherently Japan-focused project. If it’s a hit, we’re sure that fans all around the world will be getting a chance to see Batman Ninja shine in all of its glory at their local theatre.
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Batman Ninja features the voice cast of Roger Craig Smith as Batman, Tony Hale as The Joker, respectively. Grey Griffin as Catwoman, Tara Strong as Harley Quinn andPoison Ivy, 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, Tom Kenny as Penguin, and Eric Bauza as Two-Face.
Batman Ninja takes a journey across the ages as Gorilla Grodd’s time displacement machine transports many of Batman’s worst enemies to feudal Japan – along with the Dark Knight and a few of his allies. The villains take over the forms of the feudal lords that rule the divided land, with the Joker taking the lead among the warring factions. As his traditional high-tech weaponry is exhausted almost immediately, Batman must rely on his intellect and his allies – including Catwoman and the extended Bat-family – to restore order to the land, and return to present-day Gotham City.
Batman Ninja is currently available on home video.
Source: Otaku USA
New ‘Titans’ Photos Show Off Aqualad And The Original Team
DC Universe has released eight brand new images from the upcoming fourth episode of the second season of Titans entitled, "Aqualad".
"Aqualad" will explore the dynamic among Dick Grayson/Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Donna Troy/Wonder Girl (Conor Leslie), Hank Hall/Hawk (Alan Ritchson), Dawn Granger/Dove (Minka Kelly) and Garth/Aqualad (Drew Van Acker) and how four years prior, their tight-knit family dynamic developed only to have their personal feelings bleed more into their work only to be exacerbated by the arrival of a new villain.
These new images give fans a new look at Drew Van Acker as Aqualad as well as a couple of new looks at the original team united together for action. In particular, we get our best look at how the Aqualad suit translates onscreen in live-action form.
You can check out the rest of the gallery for "Aqualad" by clicking "Next".
Here is the official synopsis for season two:
In Season 2, following the aftermath of their encounter with Trigon, Dick reforms the Titans. Under his supervision in their new home at Titans Tower, Rachel, Gar and Jason Todd train together to hone their hero abilities and work together as a team. They are joined by Hank Hall and Dawn Granger aka Hawk and Dove and Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl. Although these original Titans attempt to transition into a regular life, when old enemies resurface everyone must come together to take care of unfinished business. And as this family of old and new Titans – including Conner Kent and Rose Wilson – learn to co-exist, the arrival of Deathstroke brings to light the sins of the old Titans which threaten to tear this new Titans family apart once more.
The series stars Brenton Thwaites as Robin/Nightwing, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, and Ryan Potter as Beast Boy. Newcomers for its sophomore outing include Joshua Orpin and Esai Morales playing Superboy and Deathstroke, respectively, while Chella Man and Chelsea Zhang have also joined the cast as Deathstroke’s children Jericho and Ravager. Natalie Gumede has signed on to play Mercy Graves and Game of Thrones star Iain Glen is on board as Bruce Wayne.
Titans season two is now airing on DC Universe.
Source: DC Universe