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Batman Ninja
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Blu-ray cover
Directed byJunpei Mizusaki
Screenplay by
Based on
Produced byTakanari Yamaguchi
StarringKōichi Yamadera
Wataru Takagi
Ai Kakuma
Rie Kugimiya
Hōchū Ōtsuka
Edited byKiyoshi Hirose
Music byYugo Kanno
Warner Bros. Japan
DC Entertainment
Kamikaze Douga
Barnum Studio
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release dates
  • April 24, 2018 (2018-04-24) (United States)
  • June 15, 2018 (2018-06-15) (Japan)
Running time
85 minutes[1]
United States

Batman Ninja (ニンジャバットマン, Ninja Batman) is a 2018 animated superhero film directed by Junpei Mizusaki, produced by Warner Bros., and animated by Kamikaze Douga and YamatoWorks, which features the DC Comics character Batman. Takashi Okazaki, the creator of Afro Samurai, is the character designer for the film. The first poster was revealed on October 5, 2017, and the trailers were released later on December 1, 2017.[2] The film was released in the United States in digital format on April 24, 2018; it was released in physical formats on May 8 and was released theatrically in Japan on June 15.[3][4] 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 very different versions of the same film.[5]


While battling Gorilla Grodd at Arkham Asylum, Batman is caught in Grodd's Quake Engine time displacement machine and sent to feudal Japan. There, he is chased by samurai working for the Joker. During his escape, Batman meets up with Catwoman, who reveals everyone else arrived two years earlier (due to Batman being in the outermost area affected by the Quake Engine). He learns from her that all of Gotham City's top criminals have become feudal lords after deceiving the Sengoku daimyō, battling each other until only one state remains. In order to stop the villains from altering history, Batman and Catwoman must get to the Quake Engine in Arkham Castle (formerly the asylum).

Batman discovers that Alfred Pennyworth is also in the past and has built a Batcave outside Edo. When the Joker's troops ambush the hideout, Batman storms his way in his Batmobile towards Arkham Castle, which transforms into a giant robot fortress. Just as Batman confronts the Joker, he is forced to leave and save a mother and child below from being crushed by the robot's hand. He transforms his Batcycle into an armored suit to defeat a sumo Bane and stop the robot hand, only to learn the mother is Harley Quinn in disguise. As Batman is surrounded by the Joker's minions, he is suddenly whisked away by ninja led by Eian of the Bat Clan of Hida.

Batman learns the Bat Clan helped Nightwing, Red Hood, Red Robin and Robin upon their arrival and the clan has followed a prophecy of a foreign bat ninja restoring order to the land. Robin gives Batman an invitation from Grodd to a nearby hot spring. There, Grodd explains he intended to send the villains far away so he could take Gotham for himself, but Batman's interference sent them all to feudal Japan instead. Batman and Grodd agree to work together to return to Gotham. Batman, Grodd, Catwoman, the Bat-Family and the Bat Clan battle the Joker and his forces by the river.

They defeat the Joker and Harley, but Grodd turns on Batman, revealing his alliance with Two-Face before the Joker and Harley escape and blow up their own ship, taking Batman down with it. Having captured a power converter from Harley, Catwoman attempts to bargain with Grodd in bringing her back to Gotham; however, they need to obtain other power converters from the Penguin, Poison Ivy and Deathstroke to complete the Quake Engine. Two days later, Batman recovers from his wounds and encourages the Bat-Family to learn the ways of the ninja in order to defeat Grodd.

The Red Hood locates the Joker and Harley, but Batman discovers they lost their memories from the explosion and are living as farmers. A month later, the villains mobilize their castle robots for battle at the "Field of Hell". Batman leads the Bat-Family and the Bat Clan into the battlefield. After defeating the other villains, Grodd puts them under his mind control, with the intent of ruling the country himself. The Joker and Harley, however, crash his party from above, reclaiming their castle from Grodd. The Bat-Family saves Catwoman and Grodd before the Joker merges all of the castles into the super robot Lord Joker.

An injured Grodd gives the control of his army of monkeys to Batman; Robin enables them to merge into one giant samurai monkey to battle the Joker's robot. The samurai monkey then combines with a swarm of bats to form the Batgod to defeat Lord Joker before the Bat-Family storm into the castle to battle the villains. The Joker reveals to Batman that as farmers, he and Harley planted special flowers that triggered their memories back once they bloomed. As the castle falls, Batman and the Joker engage in a sword fight. Using his ninjutsu skills, Batman defeats the Joker. With the Joker and the Gotham villains defeated, the Bat Clan begins work to restore feudal Japan to its original state and the Bat-Family takes the villains back to the present day.

In a mid-credits scene, Catwoman sells weapons and furniture from the castle robots to an antique shop, while Bruce rides a horse-driven Batmobile to a party hosted by the mayor.

Voice cast

Character Japanese voice actor[2][6][4] English dubbing actor[7]
Bruce Wayne/Batman Kōichi Yamadera Roger Craig Smith
The Joker Wataru Takagi Tony Hale
Selina Kyle/Catwoman Ai Kakuma Grey Griffin
Harley Quinn Rie Kugimiya Tara Strong
Alfred Pennyworth Hōchū Ōtsuka Adam Croasdell
Gorilla Grodd Takehito Koyasu Fred Tatasciore
Dick Grayson/Nightwing Daisuke Ono Adam Croasdell
Damian Wayne/Robin Yūki Kaji Yuri Lowenthal
Jason Todd/Red Hood Akira Ishida Yuri Lowenthal
Tim Drake/Red Robin Kengo Kawanishi Will Friedle
Deathstroke Junichi Suwabe Fred Tatasciore
Poison Ivy Atsuko Tanaka Tara Strong
Two-Face Toshiyuki Morikawa Eric Bauza
The Penguin Chō Tom Kenny
Bane Kenta Miyake
Eian Yōji Ueda Matthew Yang King
Monkichi Anna Mugiho
Monmi Juri Nagatsuma


Bandai released S.H. Figuarts figures of Ninja Batman and Demon King Joker in mid-2018.[8]

The Nendoroid figures of Pop Team Epic characters Popuko and Pipimi, dressed as Batman and Joker respectively, were displayed at the Warner Bros. booth at AnimeJapan 2018. It was suggested by Junpei Mizusaki at Kamikaze Douga; the studio animated both this film and Pop Team Epic television series. The crossover figures were accompanied by a 15-second TV commercial, where Popuko and Pipimi (in the aforementioned costumes) re-enact a sketch from Pop Team Epic comics before it jumps to a Batman Ninja scene.[9][10]

A manga adaptation by Masato Hisa was serialized in the Monthly Hero's magazine from June 30, 2018 to September 1, 2019. It was collected in two volumes.[11][12]


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film received an approval rating of 82% based on 17 reviews, with an average rating of 6.6/10.[13]

IGN awarded Batman Ninja a score of 9.7 out of 10, saying, "DC tried something new by bringing in visionary Japanese animators to offer a refreshing take on one of the company's most beloved characters, and the finished product not only built upon the great adaptations that have come before, but surpassed them."[14]

The film earned $680,508 from domestic DVD sales and $2,962,529 from domestic Blu-ray sales, bringing its total domestic home video earnings to $3,643,037.[15]

In 2020, the manga adaptation won the Seiun Award for Best Comic.[16]


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  2. ^ a b Ashcraft, Brian (December 1, 2017). "First Look At The Batman Ninja Anime". Kotaku. Gizmodo Media Group.
  3. ^ Gilyadov, Alex (February 13, 2018). "Batman Ninja Box Art and Release Date Revealed". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  4. ^ a b ワーナー ブラザース 公式チャンネル (March 15, 2018). "映画『ニンジャバットマン』 日本用トレーラー<公開日追加ver>【2018年6月15日劇場公開】". Warner Bros. YouTube. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  5. ^ "Why Batman Ninja In English Is So Different From The Japanese Version". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. April 28, 2018. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  6. ^ Bonomolo, Cameron (October 5, 2017). "'Batman Ninja' Anime: First Details & Poster Revealed". Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  7. ^ Ressler, Karen (February 13, 2018). "Batman Ninja Anime's English Trailer Reveals Dub Cast, Home Video Release". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  8. ^ Thompson, Luke Y. (February 2, 2018). "Check Out These Rad Nina Batman, Demon King Joker, and Samurai Deadpool Figures". Nerdist. Archived from the original on April 28, 2018. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  9. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (March 23, 2018). "Pop Team Epic Teams Up With Batman Ninja for Collaboration Figures". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  10. ^ Loveridge, Lynzee (March 26, 2018). "Pop Team Epic's Joker & Batman Definitely Aren't Upset". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  11. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (May 13, 2018). "Batman Ninja Anime Gets Manga by Nobunagun's Masato Hisa (Updated)". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 2, 2022.
  12. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (August 6, 2019). "Batman Ninja Manga Ends on September 1". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 2, 2022.
  13. ^ "Batman Ninja (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
  14. ^ Griffin, David (March 24, 2018). "Batman Ninja Review". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  15. ^ "Batman Ninja (2018) The Numbers Listing". The Numbers. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  16. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (August 23, 2020). "Astra Lost in Space, Batman Ninja, 'How Many Light-Years to Babylon?' Win at 51st Seiun Sci-Fi Awards". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 2, 2022.

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