In this groundbreaking anime adaptation of the legendary Batman franchise, Gotham City is swapped out for feudal Japan, where Batman fights his infamous foes as an armored ninja. With Catwoman, Two-Face and the Joker all showing up to battle the Bat, will Bruce Wayne be able to save the day?
When I heard the concept to this movie, it had me intrigued. I’m a fan of Batman and a fan of anime, so going in you’d think that this would be awesome right?
Before I get into my review, let me tell you guys how I ended up watching this movie and the version I watched. I rented this movie on Amazon Video for $5.99 and I saw the English Dubbed version because that’s what played first. Apparently this was done in Japan first, and they decided to port this to America with American voice actors, and the script ended up being translated into English.
So, with all that being said, let me get the positives out of the way:
I love the 2D/ 3D animation style that’s done in the film, in pictures it doesn’t work that well, but seeing it in motion is where it really shines. The voice actors that impressed me were Grey DeLisle (Catwoman), Tom Kenny (Penguin), and Tara Strong (Harley Quinn), everyone else is passable in my opinion. The character designs are fantastic for the most part, although I wasn’t really thrilled with Bane’s design. The one on one fights are done extremely well. And there’s a scene involving Red Hood that is done completely in a watercolor style that’s beautifully done.
Now let’s get into the negatives of this Straight-to-Video movie:
The Joker is extremely irritating to me, and not in a good way. The movie goes completely off the rails around the 17 minute mark in the film. Not all the humor worked for me. And the minute a giant robot, that had a Power Rangers type of transformation, started fighting a giant version of Batman, made of monkeys and bats, I immediately tuned out of the film… speaking of which, the deus ex machina ending irritated the hell out of me.
Overall this film is completely batty (see what I did there? 😉) and the few moments I liked in this film got squandered away by the bad stuff pretty quickly and too often for my liking.
I’m going to give “Batman Ninja” a 6/10 or a D.
It’s not completely horrible, but that doesn’t mean it’s completely enjoyable as well.
It’s a real bummer because I was actually kinda hyped to see this movie.