Today, Batman Ninja – the latest Batman animated movie – hits streaming devices. The movie – an all-new anime based on the Dark Knight – is available to purchase on Amazon and iTunes, in both Japanese and English language versions.

Directed by Junpei Mizusaki, Batman Ninja features a cast of classic Batman villains including the Joker, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Deathstroke, Penguin and more. The film sees Bruce Wayne whisked back in time to Feudal Japan (courtesy of Gorilla Grodd) where he must face some of his greatest enemies in order to return to the present day.

This edition of The Great Stampede offers up a review round-up of Batman Ninja, so you can read what the critics think about the new movie. Below are four review snippets, all offering up thoughts on this quirky Bat-flick.

Here’s what’s being said:

  • David Griffin of IGN, awarded Batman Ninja a score of 9.7/10 and called it “a Batman story unlike any other”. He said: “Batman Ninja takes everything great about the masked vigilante and twists it in a way we’ve never seen, creating a visual marvel unlike any other Batman animated movie before it. DC tried something new by bringing in visionary Japanese animators to offer a refreshing take on one of the company’s most beloved characters, and the finished product not only built upon the great adaptations that have come before, but surpassed them.”
  • Michael Rougeau of Gamespot was also a fan, commenting: “You’ve never seen the Bat like this.” He added: “Batman Ninja is gorgeously stylized, self aware, and heaps of fun, and Batman animation fans shouldn’t miss it.”
  • Walter Doty of Nerdist, said: “The story was great, with many of the anime tropes that we’ve come to expect and love, mixed in with classic Batman elements, that make Ninja Batman both exotic and familiar.”
  • And finally, Andrew Pollard of Starburst awarded the movie a score of seven (out of ten) and said: “Batman Ninja is as bonkers a Bat-tale as you will find – potentially a little too erratic and eccentric for some – but this is a stylish and fresh take that can get away with all of its quirks and eccentricities due to the fact that it’s simply a different, essentially Elseworlds story that means rhythm and rhyme can gleefully be thrown out of the window for the most part. Some traditionalists may find that Batman Ninja is a little too much for them, but if you go in with an open mind then this is a hugely entertaining and vastly changed-up outing for one of the most beloved figures in pop culture history.”

So, from the looks of things, if you’re after something a little different from your average Batman movie, then Batman Ninja is the animated movie for you.

For more review round-ups and reactions to recent releases, check out past editions of The Great Stampede which have focused on Avengers: Infinity WarRampageA Quiet PlaceIsle of DogsTomb RaiderReady Player OneLove, SimonA Wrinkle in TimeAnnihilationThe Shape of Water and Black Panther.