The New 52 gets the animated film treatment again with Justice League: Throne Of Atlantis:
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is a direct-to-video animated superhero film featuring the DC Comics superhero team the Justice League, which is part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies. The film is loosely based on the Throne of Atlantis story arc from The New 52 written by Geoff Johns and serves as a standalone sequel to 2014’s Justice League: War. In the film, Arthur Curry, a half-Atlantean prince, discovers his heritage and aids the Justice League in preventing his half-brother Ocean Master from taking over Metropolis. The film was released for downloading on January 13, 2015 and was released on Blu-ray and DVD formats on January 27, 2015.
Jason O’Mara, Christopher Gorham, Sean Astin, Shemar Moore, Steven Blum, George Newbern and Melique Berger reprise their respective roles from Justice League: War, while Nathan Fillion reprises his role as Green Lantern / Hal Jordan from Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Justice League: Doom and Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.
Yes, this is basically an Aquaman movie but because DC has this preconceived notion that anything that doesn’t have Batman or Justice League in the title won’t sell to the public, it’s gotta throw in the Justice League in the title instead of calling it Aquaman: Throne Of Atlantis.
As far as the film itself goes, it’s just kind of meh. The biggest problem this movie seems to have is that it’s trying way too hard to turn Aquaman into the Thor of the DC universe. This whole storyline is basically the plot of Thor right down to having his half brother being evil but other than that, it’s yet another origin story of Aquaman and the movie doesn’t bother to make Aquaman come off as interesting or exciting at all in his own movie and Matt Lanter voicing him doesn’t really help either.
The other voice work is fine, Jason O’Mara is really good as Batman, Jerry O’Connell surprisingly works well as Superman, Rosario Dawson is good as Wonder Woman, Nathan Fillion is great as Green Lantern, Shemar Moore is good as Cyborg, Sean Astin is good as Shazam, Harry Lennix is good as Black Manta, there’s a really solid voice cast in this one and everybody works except for Lanter as Aquaman.
The animation also works really well here, you can tell that the animation studio is putting the money where its’ mouth is with this and it’s the true highlight of the film.
Unfortunately, the great animation and voice work can’t save Throne Of Atlantis from being nothing more than just a okay movie. The film tries way too hard to turn Aquaman into Thor and it doesn’t make the character interesting at all with a lackluster story to work with. I’m sure there’s a way to give Aquaman a proper film treatment but this isn’t it.