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Batman Ninja Movie Review
Batman Ninja
ニンジャバットマン (Ninja Battoman)

Synopsis

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.

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Rating

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Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Animation

  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

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Story

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Overview

Batman Ninja (ニンジャバットマン Ninja Battoman) is a 2018 Japanese animated superhero film directed by Junpei Mizusaki and produced by Warner Bros., which features the DC Comics character, Batman. Takashi Okazaki, the creator of Afro Samurai, is the character designer for the film. In its American release, writers Leo Chu and Eric Garcia have admitted to rewriting the film from the original Japanese script written by Kazuki Nakashima, ultimately making two entirely different versions of the same film.

Alternative title

– Batman Ninja
– Ninja Battoman
– ニンジャバットマン

TL;DR Review

Imagine someone wrote a fanfic for Batman that took place in feudal Japan, and throw in a few Japanese tropes, then you have the Batman Ninja movie. The premise is ridiculous, and so are the action and story of this movie.

The animation is both beautiful and horrifying at the same time. This is a 3D CGI animated film where some combat fights are fluid while other are so zoomed in you can’t tell what is going on. The character designs are great for some, but comedically terrifying for other (Robin and Joker). About 95% of the movie is in 3D, and it has a short intermission of a sort where the art changes to a painting style. It was a bit jarring. I wasn’t sure if the whole movie going to be a bunch of mismatched art style thrown together.

I have many issues with this movie, it’s hard to sum it down to a short TL;DR. I’ll just throw a bullet point then.

– Too many characters.
– Laughingly childish story and premise.
– Giant castle Voltron robot.
– Convenient side characters/army introduction.
– Batman instant ninjutsu power.
– Robin hairstyle and mascot introduction.

I am usually a fan of the DC’s Warner Bros. Animation series, but I can not say I would recommend this movie to anyone I know. Batman Ninja contains graphic violence and mild suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.

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