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Before we get into the review, I’d like to add a recommendation to this post. Please, whatever you do, do not watch the dubbed version (English Version) of Batman Ninja. You will have a much better experience with the subbed version (Japanese version) of this animation.
Now, on to the review.
After an accident teleports him to ancient Japan, Batman Ninja sees The Joker (along with other villains) takes over and becomes emperor of the land.
Stripped of his weapons and resources, Batman must rely on his skills and the experience of the Batman family (Alfred, the four robins, and Catwoman) to restore peace and return to present-day Gotham.
From the beginning, until its inevitable conclusion, Batman Ninja distinguishes itself with its breath-taking animation and visual effects. The animated movies also feature some amazing fighting scenes and a few crazy moments in between.
However, none of this would have been possible without Lord Joker.
This version of Joker is no learner with a sword or in combat. Throughout the film, He impressively pushes The Dark Knight to both mental and physical extremes. And on multiple occasions, comes close to ending Batman’s life.
But after the hype is said and done, Batman Ninja still has its issues. One aspect that will annoy most casual fans is the nonsensical robot fight that happens towards the end. While I found the scene funny, I’m sure most viewers will stop watching the minute they see it.
But please, don’t let that deprive from one of the best Batman Vs Joker fights in the DC Animated Universe. Trust me it’s worth it.
Similar to Gotham by Gaslight, Batman Ninja returns The Dark Knight to the basics and casts him in a different light. While the animated film’s third act was a bit nonsensical, its stunning animation style and epic final fight made up for it.
- Amazing Animation Style
- Incredible Final Fight
- Excessively Cartoonish Tone