Move over, Gotham Knight – there’s a new anime version of the Caped Crusader in town. Batman Ninja, a new direct-to-video movie reimagining the Caped Crusader as a ninja, is in development, with the creator of Afro Samurai at the helm.
ComicBook.com has discovered that Batman Ninja – which has yet to be formally announced – will be getting a panel at the New York Comic Con next month. A press statement about the panel reads as follows:
“Warner Bros. Japan and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment team for an eye-popping addition to the Batman animated legacy with Batman Ninja, a spectacular, all-new anime film coming in 2018. Be among the first to witness the premiere of colorful footage from this imaginative take on Batman and many of his connected characters. Panelists will include director Jumpei Mizusaki, character designer Takashi Okazaki, screenwriter Kazuki Nakashima, English-language screenwriters Leo Chu & Eric Garcia and some potential special guests.”
As mentioned earlier, Okazaki is best known for his work on Afro Samurai. In the meantime, Nakashima worked on both Kamen Rider Fourze and Kill La Kill, while Mizusaki worked on the anime adaptation of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.
For those keeping count at home, there will be two Batman animated movies hitting shelves next year between Batman Ninja and Gotham By Gaslight. Fans who are worried that other characters are being left out due to the focus on the Dark Knight, in the meantime, shouldn’t be too concerned, as a two-part adaptation of The Death Of Superman and Reign of the Supermen is being made in time for the 25th anniversary of those comics, along with an original film entitled Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay.
Batman Ninja will be released sometime in 2018.