– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Dig anime? Obsessed with Batman like the rest of the world? Well, have we got a show for you! For a while now, we’ve been anticipating the release of the Batman anime Batman Ninja. The story sends Batman away from the comfy confines of Gotham City and into the medieval warring period of Japan. But, of course, it’s not just the famous, medieval period of the island nation, but an alternate reality, one where the Joker reigns supreme.

And the Joker isn’t content to let Japan run its normal course of action. He plans to alter the course of history, and it’s up to Batman to stop him. This has been a film I’ve been both excited for and dreading. As a fan of both anime and Batman, this was another chance to see two of my loves collide in a cool way.

However, the last time this happened, I was burned. I’m talking about Gotham Knight, the series of short animation pieces that were released prior to The Dark Knight theatrical release back in 2008. Like The Animatrix, the concept was cool, but the execution wasn’t so hot. I was worried that this film would be plagued by the same problems.

Now, PS Video (for some reason) has released the first two minutes of the film, and man does it jump straight into things. We see a confrontation between Gorilla Grodd and Batman, and through a series of events involving Catwoman, he ends up in the medieval period of Japan. Looks pretty solid so far, 3D animation notwithstanding, but I’m in.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.