This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more

'Batman Ninja' Anime Sees Batman Time Travel to Feudal Japan

Based on the film’s title, many expected the upcoming Batman Ninja anime to either feature the Dark Knight as a ninja in modern day Japan, or him as a ninja during feudal Japan. But, the film will actually see Batman time-travel (and teleport?) to Japan’s Warring States period from present-day Gotham.

At New York Comic-Con’s Batman Ninja panel on October 5, the creators behind the film revealed that time-travel would factor into the story. Via translator Mari Morimoto, director Jumpei Mizusaki said that “Batman actually time-travels from twenty-first century Gotham to the Middle Ages of Japan. And all the villains also actually time-travel, so they have an epic battle in the era of warring states in Japan.”

The villains Mizusaki referred to include the Joker, Harley Quinn, Gorilla Grodd, the Penguin, Two-Face, and Catwoman. But members of the Batfamily, like Robin and Nightwing, are also coming along for the ride.

One of the English language screenwriters, Leo Chu, later commented on how time-travel plays into the film’s story. Responding to a question about working with Takashi Okazaki on Afro Samurai, Chu said: “[Okazaki] has this great thing that he did in Afro Samurai which blends sort of feudal and traditional Japanese things with technology and modern technology. And in this time-travel story, that really helped inform our adaptation, so it really becomes about the natural world and traditional world versus the high-tech world, and what that means for each of the characters from Batman’s world of villains.”

The trailer which was exclusively screened at the convention touched on these themes a bit, showing off the tank-like Batmobile going around feudal Japan, along with at least one Bat-cycle.

Article continues below

What's next for the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Subscribe for free to Multiverse and get the latest updates delivered to your email every Tuesday and Thursday.

However, Chu emphasized earlier in the panel that the English language version of the film was a true adaptation, and less of a literal translation of the Japanese script. So these themes could be more or less prominent depending on which version of the film you watch.

The decision to use a present-day Batman, instead of a Batman who grew up in the warring states period, is an interesting one, but it raises a lot of questions: How does everyone time-travel to the past? How exactly do all of the characters get their new, samurai-inspired outfits? And do they all magically learn Japanese, or does the language barrier factor into the film? Naturally, the panelists were mostly tight-lipped on plot details, so we’ll probably have to wait until 2018 to find out more.

The NYCC exclusive poster for 'Batman Ninja'.

Batman Ninja will come out sometime in 2018.

Bruce Wayne revealed a new reason for why he became Batman. Check out this video to find out more.

Media via Warner Bros.

'Star Wars 9' theory teases a mindblowing young Luke Skywalker flashback

It has nothing to do with training Leia, either.

Earlier this year, Mark Hamill confirmed that he would return in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as the Force ghost of Luke Skywalker. Whether or not he would appear to aid in the fight against Emperor Palpatine isn’t clear, though. Now, an intriguing new theory provides substantial evidence that we could see a younger version of Luke appear in a flashback scene alongside Rey.

'Rick and Morty' Season 4 Episode 1 reveals the show's scariest villain yet

Step aside Evil Morty.

Rick and Morty might be great at creating supervillains, but it’s equally as bad at giving fans resolution when it comes to those characters. It took almost two full seasons to bring back Evil Morty, and we still haven’t seen Phoenix Person since his big reveal in the Season 3 premiere post-credits scene. But in Season 4 Episode 1, Rick and Morty may have revealed the show’s most intimidating supervillain yet — and it’s one that could come back shockingly soon.

'Rick and Morty' Season 4 release date, trailer, episode titles, and more

Here are all the facts and plenty of speculation about Season 4.

More than two years after Rick and Morty Season 3 ended, Season 4 of Adult Swim’s beloved animated sci-fi comedy kicks off November 10 — and Morty’s about to go “nuts this time.”

The first five episodes of Rick and Morty Season 4 begin airing November 10, and Adult Swim has already released the titles for these episodes, along with a Twitter thread revealing the unserious episode synopses for each. We’ve got crazy Morty, a space snake, and even a dragon. Season 4’s going to be a trip, and it might even have an episode inspired by Dungeons & Dragons.

'Watchmen' Episode 4 fuels a wild theory about Adrian Veidt's plot

The evidence is really starting to add up.

In a show full of weird characters, the weirdest part of HBO’s Watchmen is easily Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias (at least, that’s who we think Jeremy Irons is playing in a series of scenes disconnected from the rest of the story). Theories abound, including the idea that Irons isn’t playing Veidt at all, but the most convincing theory so far picks up on some very subtle clues to argue that the Ozymandias plot could be happening in a totally separate timeline.

Old Daisy Ridley quote may disprove a huge 'Star Wars 9' Palpatine leak 

The saga of Rey's parentage continues.

Rey’s parentage has long remained the biggest unsolved mystery amongst Star Wars fans. When Star Wars: The Last Jedi seemingly answered that question — that her parents were nothing but “filthy junk traders” — some weren’t happy with the response. It didn’t seem to line up with The Force Awakens, either, which seemed to hint at Rey being Luke Skywalker’s daughter.