Thursday, May 10, 2018

Quick Reviews: Batman- Ninja

Another Batman Film?  An Anime-inspired one?  Before Bob gets it, I put my spin on it...
In the Cold Open, Gorilla Grodd makes a Time Machine at Arkham Asylum.  Sure- why not?
He arrives in Feudal Japan and finds that something is odd.  For one, he's a wanted man.  For another, Joker Samurai.
He finds out that all of the Villains and Heroes in the area- including Robin, Penguin, Red Hood, Poison Ivy and Deathstroke- are there.  In addition, his slight delay on the trip lead to him arriving 2 years after them!
It turns out that the Villains- Joker, Two-Face, Penguin, Poison Ivy and Deathstroke- are each controlling a Region.
When using his technology isn't enough (I won't SPOIL why), can Batman rise to the occasion?
Will the Joker rule Japan and rewrite History itself?

To find out, watch the Film.
A weird and wild journey.  For such a strange premise, it's funny to see how much they just hand-wave the Plot all the time.  Do you want to know how Penguin walked in and took over an entire Region of Feudal Japan?  Do you want to know how The Joker made a Mech-Castle?  Do you want to know how The Joker suddenly became a great Swordsman?  To be fair, there is so much more crazy going on in this Film.  I won't SPOIL just how crazy it gets in the Third Act.  I will say that it is a bit too weird for me at times.  It's fun, but it is a bit hard to take it too seriously.  The Art Style is something that you'll either love or hate.  For me, it was a better version of the Style in the last Anime I watched for Bob, so it didn't bother me.  The mix of normal Animation and the CGI is weird at times, sure.  The Story is kind of interesting and they really do lean into how crazy it all is.  If you're into Anime and Batman, it will be for you.  If you're someone who finds Anime to be weird and confusing, you'll be lost pretty quickly.  And now, prepare to be scarred for life...
Batman is always fun.  In this case, it's possibly too 'Japanese' for some people out there.

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