Unimaginable 'Batman Ninja' anime trailer imagines the darkish knight as a samurai

Unimaginable 'Batman Ninja' anime trailer imagines the darkish knight as a samurai

Warner Brothers has released a new English-language trailer for Batman Ninja, a new animated feature film reimagining the Caped Crusader as a samurai warrior in feudal Japan.

While it was never in doubt that the Japanese-made Batman Ninja would also find its way to US shores, EW has now revealed the official stateside release date for the film.

For Batman fans in the Western Hemisphere who've been waiting since New York Comic Con to see a time-traveling Batman go literally medieval on his enemies, the wait is nearly over.

Batman and his allies, along with his enemies, all get transported to Feudal Japan through the use of Gorilla Grodd's time displacement machine. Japan have conjured an impressive addition to the Dark Knight's canon of entertainment, taking Batman and his friends and foes in an altogether new direction.

If you've seen the Japanese-dubbed trailer, you already know the thing is awesome. Similar to many other Warner Bros. releases as of late, Batman Ninja will first arrive on digital HD on April 24. And any Batman animated film not having Kevin Conroy as the voice is missing a little something, although the film has its share of voices fans of animated DC projects should be familiar with, such as Will Friedle and Tara Strong.

The villains make themselves feudal lords with Joker taking the lead among warring factions. As his traditional high-tech weaponry is exhausted nearly 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. The film has a serious cavalcade of top Japanese anime talent behind it, having been written, directed and designed by several of the folks who worked on Jojo's Bizarre Adventure and Afro Samurai.

After months of teases, going back to July at San Diego Comic-Con, the first Batman Ninja trailers (seen below, ) made their debut in December.

Rounding it out will be Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development) as the Joker, Fred Tatasciore (Family Guy) as Gorilla Grodd, Yuri Lowenthal (Ben 10: Omniverse) as Robin, Adam Croasdell (Reign) as Nightwing and Alfred, and Eric Bauza (The Adventures of Puss in Boots) as Two-Face.

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