Batman Ninja was announced last year and the involvement of Afro Samurai’s Leo Chu led to some excitement. Once that trailer hit, it was pretty clear that we were in for something unique and awesome. Well, the film finally premiered at WonderCon this weekend and it looks like the reactions so far confirm exactly that.
A glowing review comes to us from IGN. Giving the film an impressive 9.7 out of 10, here’s what they had to say:
“Batman Ninja takes everything great about the masked vigilante and twists it in a way we’ve never seen, creating a visual marvel unlike any other Batman animated movie before it. DC tried something new by bringing in visionary Japanese animators to offer a refreshing take on one of the company’s most beloved characters, and the finished product not only built upon the great adaptations that have come before, but surpassed them.”
Gamespot, while still giving a mostly positive review, seemed to think the film didn’t fully utilize the time period:
“I do wish Batman Ninja spent more time with the actual people of the era, showing their perspective as demonic warlords in giant mechanized castles lay waste to their homes and villages. Besides the clan of bat ninjas, Batman Ninja doesn’t actually introduce any characters into Batman’s world–unless you count Robin’s tiny monkey sidekick–which is a shame. The fun is in seeing these familiar characters in a weird, unfamiliar, setting, but it also makes things slightly predictable, as characters like Batman and Joker never really change. And besides the aesthetic and Batman’s lack of modern technology, you don’t feel the time period as much as you might hope going in.”
If these reviews aren’t enough to convince you, the lucky fans who caught the premiere are just as excited:
— 🌅Stephanie🌅 (@GeekPride5) March 24, 2018
Just watched the world premier of #BatmanNinja. Jesus freaking christ it was awesome!
— Cisco (@space_wulf) March 24, 2018
— Claire Lower (@cdpenguins89) March 24, 2018
So what do you think? Are you ready to judge Batman Ninja for yourself? Let us know down in the comments!
The film 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 will be available on Digital release April 24, 2018, followed by the Blu-ray Steelbook, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on May 8, 2018.