Batman in Japanese, wielding a katana, donning a kabuto-styled mask, fighting Joker in what looks like an Edo rendering of Gotham? You had me at Japanese.
Non-cinematic DC continues to outclass its Hollywood counterpart, this time by teaming up with Takashi Okazaki, the creator of Afro Samurai — one of the most well-known animés, whose dubbed version features Samuel L. Jackson as the voice of Afro.
Seriously though, I had not even conceived of the possibility of a Batman animé, and I was wholly ignorant of there ever being a manga until I checked out the comments beneath the trailer. Now I’m counting the unknown amount of days until its release.
Batman Ninja’s story seems archetypally Batman, but the addition of Japanese adds a far more sincere and emotional quality to it. Okazaki’s style seems perfect for it. The Joker looks and sounds truly terrifying, and the feudal Japanese setting gives us a refreshing and ominous feel to Batman that Gotham has worn out.
Animé might be the best thing to happen to Batman and DC in a long time. My only question is: why didn’t this happen sooner?