Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of Batman Ninja. The opinions I share are my own.
Last we have Batman Ninja, a Japanese reimagining of the Dark Knight in a new anime film. The story opens in Gotham City, where Gorilla Grodd’s time-displacement machine sends Lord Joker and a host of other villains back in time to wreak havoc on medieval Japan. No longer able to depend on his trusty tech arsenal, Batman must use all his other skills and talents to the fullest if he hopes to stop Lord Joker and his comrades from re-writing history itself. Director Jumpei Mizusaki, writer Kazuki Nakashima, and character designer Takashi Okazaki brought the film to life in Japan, and it is now being released re-written and re-recorded for English-speaking audiences featuring Roger Craig Smith as Batman and Tony Hale as the Joker. The new release is available in DVD, Blu-ray / DVD Combo, and Steelbook Blu-ray sets, with the latter two including three featurettes (“East / West Batman”, “Batman: Made in Japan”, and “New York Comic Con Presents Batman Ninja“) which discuss the joys and challenges of introducing Batman into the anime medium and its surrounding culture. The original Japanese audio is also included as an extra treat. You can rent or buy Batman Ninja digitally on Amazon for $5.99 or $19.99 respectively, but if you’re looking to buy right now you can get any of the hard copy options for less than the digital price. On Amazon the DVD is currently available for $12.96, the Blu-ray/DVD Combo is $17.96, and the Steelbook Blu-ray is $19.96.