Batman Ninja DVD
About Batman Ninja DVD
Batman Ninja is directed by Jojo's Bizarre Adventure's Jumpei Mizusaki and features character designs by Afro Samurai creator Takashi Okazaki.
Batman and a cast of villains including The Joker are transported back in time to medieval Japan in this ground-breaking anime feature.
Special Features: East/West Batman, Batman: Made in Japan, New York Comic Con Presents Batman Ninja.
- Publisher: WARNER
- Media: DVD
- Spoken Language: English, Japanese
- Subtitle Language: English
- Genre: Action
- Themes: Battles, Powers
- Age Rating: 13+
- Run Time: 135
- Release Date: 5/8/2018
- Dimensional Weight: 0.13
- Region Code: 1
Ratings & Reviews
A Decent Batman Story With Great Art
It doesn't make sense as a story that takes place in any canon Batman storyline. However, It's a Japanese director's artistic fever dream of a Japan ruled by Batman's rogue gallery and if you don't take it too seriously it is enjoyable. The movie mixes anime style designs, 3D graphical characters, and old Japanese style painted backgrounds for incredibly vibrant animation. Each frame felt like a work of art as Batman and each character seemed to move seemlessly throughout the movie. This movie won't leave any emotional impact, but is a crazy wild roller coaster ride that has very little sense of coherence in terms of narrative, but its amazing art direction will either leave you in stupendous awe and shaking your head in disbelief.
More Like an Anime & Batman Parody
A friend loaned this to me, and I'm glad he did. It's worth one watch for the animation style and Japanese-influenced character designs, but that's it.
The overall story is not much of an actual story. It's just an excuse to get Batman, the many Robins, and Batman's rogues gallery in Japan so the creators can lump together every anime trope ever into what passes for a plot. None of it feels like Batman anime or Batman in Japan but like a parody of everything that anime fans love. It all feels very forced, as if someone was checking off a list of anime story-telling elements and seeing how many they can mash together—ninja clans, samurai battles, the warring states period, mecha, etc.
If you want to see a story of Batman transported to another time and culture done well, hunt down the DC Nation "The Bat Man of Shanghai" shorts.
Successful hype without the delivery
by Ryan D
Though the chatacter design is really cool, the use of 3D models with a cell shaded texture often looks more like a series of almosts and not-quites as opposed to a proper anime. Don't misunderstand, there are some great visual moments, but it lacks the animated dynamic shots (forced/altered perspective, over exaggerated angles during action scenes, ect). And when there is a use of a more traditional 2D style, the entire scene looks like it was added arbitrarily to appease those that wanted a traditional samurai anime. The story is rushed and did not flush out plot points enough to make it anything amazing. It could have easily been twice as long and probably much more successful as a stand-alone animated film. Unfortunately for me the moments of visual aww were not enough to out-weigh the rest films short-comings; making it more of a bummer than a bonus.
Alternate Take on Batman
This is not your typical Batman animated movie. It's basically this: anime meets Batman. So if you're an anime fan, check it out. I wouldn't recommend the blu-ray/DVD release because it's not worth repeated viewings. Get the DVD when it goes on sale. Plus, I watched the English version. Apparently, the English and Japanese are two different versions of the same movie. Also, if you're not used to the animation style then it'll be a bit of a put off. There are some good LOL moments but you'll only get a kick out of this if you can suspend your disbelief in Batman literally being a Ninja Bat instead of being a vigilante. Oh and all of the Robins pop up too!