New York Comic Con’s panel for the upcoming Japanese-produced Batman Ninja anime featured some of the best of Japanese talent.
Screenwriter Kazuki Nakashima (Kill La Kill), director Jumpei Mizusaki (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure), character designer Takashi Okazaki (Afro Samurai), and English-language screenwriters Leo Chu and Eric Garcia (Supa Ninjas) made up the panel who discussed the upcoming series.
Batman Ninja, will include many of Batman’s heroes and villains travelling through time to do battle, from the modern day to the middle ages of Japan. The creators discussed how they wanted to be able to balance the eastern and western sensibilities, believing that having Batman act as the western would mean that the eastern would flow naturally from his surroundings.
They worked hard to keep the characters’ personalities the same, and not make them Japanese versions of the characters. With the design, they didn’t want to go overboard, and alienate certain audiences, so when animating the fight scenes, live action actors were used to show a more real and fluid motion to the movements. Mizusaki discussed how filming the fight scenes how he envisioned them allowed the animators to match the shots.
Chu and Garcia explained that it was difficult for the crew in Japan to make the movie, and then have to go back and make the style more cohesive for the US audiences, so this is really Batman through Japanese eyes.
Currently, they are keeping the voice cast a secret, but they hope to unveil it soon. They creators showed a small amount of footage of the film, which had a lot of action – and included Batman and Joker fighting on a rooftop with katanas in the middle ages of Japan.
There’s nothing about this announcement that doesn’t sound awesome: Batman, ninjas, katana fighting – we can’t wait for more.