While we saw the first trailer for Batman Ninja a couple of months ago, it only sported the Japanese cast of voice actors. Today, Warner Bros. has reissued the trailer, but this time incorporated the English cast into the footage.
Roger Craig Smith takes on the cowl in Batman Ninja. Smith has several notable gigs in his past. He voiced Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman: Arkham Origins. He’s also the voice of Chris Redfield in the Resident Evil series and Ezio of Assassin’s Creed.
The voice work for The Joker is being done by none other than Tony Hale. Hale is renowned for his roles as Buster Bluth in Arrested Development as well as Gary Walsh on Veep.
The story… is an odd one. But I suppose explaining how Batman gets to feudal Japan is anything but straightforward:
“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.”
As mentioned in the plot summary, numerous Batman villains rule over the country’s lands. Gorilla Grodd is to blame for everyone being transported to this point in time. But it sounds as though he’ll be teaming with Batman to eventually get everyone back where they’re intended to be.
Others featured are Harley Quinn, Penguin, Two-Face, Deathstroke, Poison Ivy and Red Hood. While aiding Batman on his adventure will be Catwoman, Robin, Nightwing, Alfred and Red Robin.
The animated film is directed by Jumpei Mizusaki. It was written by Kazuki Nakashima with character design handled by Takashi Okazaki. Batman Ninja releases digitally on April 24th, with the Blu-ray version swinging into stores on May 8th. Should you prefer the original Japanese version of the movie, that option will be available upon release in the U.S. as well.