Batman travels to medieval Japan in trailer for anime film 'Batman Ninja'

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And judging by the first trailer for the new Batman anime, it does exist and it's nuts.

Batman Ninja is yet to be given a release date, but it is expected to arrive in 2019.

If Justice League left you feeling a little disappointed over the portrayal of Gotham's finest hero, the first teaser for Warner Bros.' Batman Ninja should make you feel a little better. The centrepiece of the film comes as the two clash on a rooftop, each wielding a katana. Rounding out the Caped Crusader's reimagined rogues gallery are Deathstroke, the Penguin, Harley Quinn, Two-Face and Gorilla Grodd.

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According to io9, director Mizusaki has described Batman Ninja as a film "meant to show the world how Japan sees Batman and not one about how Batman (and Bruce Wayne) see Japan". Every frame is jam-packed with outlandish and avant-garde designs of the beloved Batman characters, amped up to 100 by character designer Takashi Okazaki (who was nominated for an Emmy for his stellar work for Afro Samurai). The film is written by Kazuki Nakashima and English-language screenwriters, Leo Chu and Eric Garcia.

Are you looking forward to seeing Batman trade modern Gotham for feudal Japan? The Joker immediately hatches a plan to alter events of the past and change history, and it's up to Batman to stop him - in a dramatic fashion filled with speed lines, elaborate outfits, and impossible feats of kung-fu.

Starring Koichi Yamadera as Batman, Wataru Takagi as The Joker, Ai Kakuma as Catwoman, and Rie Kugimiya as Harley Quinn, Batman Ninja is due out on Blu-ray/DVD next year.

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