'Batman Ninja' Reveals New Characters

Batman is about to make his debut into the world of anime later this year, and with his debut comes a brand new time period, setting, and look for the hero and his long list of villains.

While fans knew Batman Ninja would feature a Batman transported to the past, fans did not know that his entire rogues gallery is coming along with him. The film recently confirmed additions to its cast of both heroes and villains, touting a line up that should be enticing to any Batman fan.

Batman Ninja revealed new characters and voice actors for the Japanese voice cast for Batman Ninja, which includes Koichi Yamadera as Batman, Wataru Takagi as The Joker, Ai Kakuma as Catwoman, and Rie Kugimiya as Harley Quinn.

The new characters and actors include Takehito Koyasu as Gorilla Grodd, Atsuko Tanaka as Poison Ivy, Junichi Suwabe as Deathstroke, Cho as Penguin, Toshiyuki Morikawa as Two-Face, Kenta Miyake as Bane, Yuuki Kaji as Robin, Kengo Kawanishi as Red Robin, Daisuke Ono as Nightwing, Akira Ishida as Red Hood, and Houchu Ohtsuka as Alfred.

Premiering in Japan June 15 and releasing in the United States on digital on April 24th and on Blu-ray on May 8th., Batman Ninja has been rated PG-13 for "sequences of violence and action, and for some suggestive material."

The film's English voice cast includes Roger Craig Smith as Batman, Tony Hale as the Joker, Grey Griffin as Catwoman, Tara Strong as Harley Quinn, Fred Tatasciore as Gorilla Grodd, Yuri Lowenthal as Robin, Adam Croasdell as Nightwing and Alfred, Will Friedle as Red Robin, Tom Kenny as Penguin, and Eric Bauza as Two-Face.

If you are not familiar with Batman Ninja, the project was officially announced at New York Comic Con this year by Junpei Mizusaki, Takashi Okazashi, and Kazuki Nakashima, who have comprised a crew that's worked on the likes of Afro Samurai and Kill la Kill. Warner Bros. describes the film's story as such:

"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."

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