Remember last year when Toonami ran two animated Batman movies instead of their usual programming? It’s happening again, and for the same reason: DC Fandome, the online convention for all things superheroic and WB-owned, takes place the weekend the marathon is planned.
This time, we’ve got some good ones: the marathon kicks off with Batman: Under The Red Hood, released in 2010 and still one of the best animated Bat-tales around. There’s a new vigilante running around Gotham who calls himself Red Hood, and he’s taking out the members of Black Mask’s crime syndicate. Batman is shocked to find out Red Hood is actually Jason Todd, a former Robin who was presumed dead. The animation is fantastic, the storyline is engaging, and the voice actors nail their performances. If you haven’t seen this one yet, now’s the perfect opportunity.
And there’s also 2018’s Batman Ninja! Batman’s rogues gallery has been transported to feudal Japan (it’s Gorilla Grodd’s fault, darn that gorilla) and they’re quickly taking over. Batman must go back in time himself and stop them from changing history, but he won’t have his techy Wayne Inc. gadgets to rely on…just physical prowess.
Plus, a bonus, if you can stay awake long enough to reach 4:15 AM: a brand new Rick & Morty anime short, “The Great Yokai Battle Of Akihabara.” AS is keeping mum on its plot in all official channels, but a Canadian source leaked it out: “Rick plans to build the ultimate AI toaster, but things take a strange turn when he and Morty are forced to travel to Akihabara for spare parts.” Can’t stay up that long? DVR it. Don’t have a DVR? Catch it October 10, when it will run at 11 PM.
All normal Toonami shows will be taking the week off October 16, except for Fena: Pirate Princess which will appear at midnight to continue its run. A week before the Bat-marathon (October 9 to be specific), Toonami will skip Naruto Shippuden to run the season finale of Black Clover in one hour-long block.