The Batman Ninja cast at the New York Premiere
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment‘s highly-anticipated Batman anime film Batman Ninja is out now on Digital HD and will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD on May 8. ComingSoon.net got to attend the New York premiere last night at the DGA Theater, where we chatted with voice artists Roger Craig Smith (“Batman”), Tony Hale (“The Joker”), Grey Griffin (“Catwoman”) and Tara Strong (“Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy”), as well as director Junpei Mizusaki. Check out the video interviews with the Batman Ninja cast in the player below!
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.
The visually-stunning Batman Ninja is the creative result of a trio of anime’s finest filmmakers: director Junpei Mizusaki (Opening animation of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure), writer Kazuki Nakashima (Gurren Lagann), and character designer Takashi Okazaki (Afro Samurai) produced the original movie with Warner Bros. Japan. The script was then reinterpreted and rewritten for English-language distribution by award-winning screenwriters Leo Chu and Eric Garcia (Supah Ninjas, Afro Samurai). Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are Executive Producers.
Roger Craig Smith and Tony Hale lead an impressive cast as the voices of Batman and the Joker, respectively. Grey Griffin and Tara Strong supply the voices of the antagonist & protagonist’s closest allies – Catwoman and Harley Quinn, respectively – while Fred Tatasciore provides the gruff-yet- sophisticated tones of Gorilla Grodd, a villain who must team with Batman to achieve his own personal agenda.
Other voice actors include Bat-family members Yuri Lowenthal as Robin, Adam Croasdell as Nightwing and Alfred, and Will Friedle as Red Robin, and the Rogue’s gallery also features Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Penguin and Eric Bauza (The Adventures of Puss in Boots) as Two-Face. Doing double duty is Tatasciore as Deathstroke, Strong as Poison Ivy, and Friedle as Red Hood.
The Batman Ninja Blu-ray Steelbook, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital editions will include these special features:
“East / West Batman” (Featurette) – Batman meets the anime medium, as this documentary looks into some of the Western tropes and archetypes, meshed into the world of feudal Japan. East meets West, swords, samurai and giant robots, all playing into the clash between Batman and his Rogues gallery.
“Batman: Made in Japan” (Featurette) – To make a special film about Batman requires just the right artist to bring the mix of style and energy that is unmistakably anime. The filmmakers discuss the Japanese character models, influences and design that create a fusion experience into this hyper real world.
“New York Comic Con Presents Batman Ninja” – Meet the talented filmmakers behind Batman Ninja as they discuss their inspirations and challenges in bringing an anime version of Batman to life during a panel discussion unveiling Batman Ninja during New York Comic Con 2017.