Warner Bros. Japan has officially unveiled a new anime film that’s currently in production, and it’s a direct sequel to the 2018 Batman Ninja direct to video anime film. Batman Ninja vs. Yakuza League will also be featured in a special industry event to be held at this year’s Anime Expo next to the forthcoming Suicide Squad ISEKAI TV anime during the fourth day of the convention.

The initial staff and cast has also been confirmed for the new film, with Junpei Mizusaki and Shinji Takagi both handling director duties, the screenplay being written by Kazuki Nakashima, character designs being created by Takashi Okazaki of Afro Samurai fame, music production by Yugo Kanno and Kamikaze Douga will handle animation production.

The first Batman Ninja film was primarily a direct to video production produced and released in 2018 as a collaboration between DC, Warner Bros. Japan and Kamikaze Douga that was also released in Japanese theaters. The sequel also marks the return of the staff and a main cast member from the first film, with Japanese voice actor Koichi Yamadera returning to voice Batman.

To add more historical context, following the initial English release of Batman Ninja in 2018, English version writers Leo Chu and Eric Garcia admitted following the release that they ended up writing a different version of the film owing to the lack of a complete and translated screenplay with the blessing of the Japanese production staff, adding a unique layer to the release.

Warner Bros. first released the Batman Ninja anime film via digital distribution in April 2018 before a home video release the next month in May, which included the Japanese audio track as well as the English dub. The anime was then released to Japanese theaters in June 2018 in Japanese. The film was also broadcast on Adult Swim‘s Toonami block in October 2021 as part of a special weekend broadcast event in English.

More details regarding the new film will be released on July 4 during the Warner Bros. Japan presents Suicide Squad ISEKAI and Batman Ninja vs. Yakuza League stage event at the Novo theater in Los Angeles.

Source: Press Release