While the voice acting and animation are as strong as ever, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis makes a few missteps in its introduction to Aquaman. Such is the nature of a shared universe; while nothing in Throne of Atlantis is any worse than the previous films, there's also little to no improvement on the more criticized aspects of recent DCAMU offerings. Be the first to review this title. Considering the amount of attention the movie gives their subplot, they make the time worthwhile. Punches, kicks, beatings with clubs. See our. Plus find out why Stan Lee put a hyphen between Spider-Mans name! It is 72 minutes long and is Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action throughout. After a US sub is attacked and its missiles stolen, Steve Trevor requests the Justice League to investigate. Meanwhile, fan-favorite Nathan Fillion returns to the fold as Green Lantern, and Rosario Dawson (Sin City) steps in to do a better job as Wonder Woman than the very miscast Michelle Monaghan (True Detective). Does the violence seem necessary to the story in Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, or does it seem gratuitous? The first two volumes of Justice League have received somewhat mixed review Some comic readers grouse about Geoff Johns, but who can deny his talent? Review: 'Justice League: Throne Of Atlantis' Offers Waterlogged Aquaman Origin Scott Mendelson Contributor Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. While a Justice League book, “Throne of Atlantis” continues Johns – who also pens the character’s solo title -- effort to make Aquaman cool again. We're updating our reviews to better highlight authentic stories and accurate, diverse representations. Suggest an update to this review. Kofi recognized potential in Screen Rant as an outlet capable of bridging die-hard film fans and casual moviegoers, quickly rising to the position of E-i-C, and working with the rest of the editorial team, transformed Screen Rant from a hobby blog into one of the leading fan sites on the Internet. Engaging noir tale is dark and violent; some cursing, nudity. The 72-minute main feature receives a less-than-serviceable AVC encode on a BD-50. DC never disappoints with its direct to market animated feature films. Oct 09, 2015. Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners. Still, on its own terms and when focused on the central story, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is engaging and worthwhile. He's later joined by the other members of the Justice League, and Wonder Woman (Rosario Dawson) identifies the attackers as warriors from Atlantis. The characters and their images are sold as toys, T-shirts, assorted other merchandise. Throne of Atlantis is a loose adaptation of Geoff Johns’ Justice League and Aquaman crossover of the same name. Cartoon and superhero action violence. JUSTICE LEAGUE: THRONE OF ATLANTIS begins in the Marianas Trench, where the USS California submarine is attacked, her crew killed. Demonic imagery: Members of the bad guy's army wear monster masks. Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. The last few movies have been a roller coaster of quality. The story is amazing! Arthur has no choice but to discover who he is and accept his destiny. Filled with plenty of action, sibling rivalries, unexpected betrayals, and just enough comic relief to keep it from being all doom-and-gloom, this Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is an enjoyable film that should please readers of the comics and fans of DC, and keep people wondering why DC can consistently get it right, or close to it anyway, with their DC Universe DTV animated movies, and strike out so dismally with their DCEU … In Atlantis, Queen Atlanna tries to maintain peace, but her son Prince Orr, as well as Black Manta, are itching for an all-out war against the humans. Serving as Aquaman's origin story, the movie shows how Aquaman fits in with the other members of the Justice League, not just as a superhero with power over the oceans and sea creatures, but also as a go-between from humanity to Atlantis. A more exciting, developed, and overall entertaining installment into DC's animated connected universe, Ethan Spaulding's Justice League: Throne of Atlantis was always one of my favorite films to come from DC and after going through and watching all the ones that came before it, I can definitely say it holds its own. Occasional profanity: "s--t," "crap," "damned," "bastard," "sucks.". This feature is an enjoyable part of the Justice League franchise. The backstory is interesting, if somewhat similar to the backstories of the other superheroes. Black Manta in Justice League: Throne of Atlantis I think the setup was good and the fighting was excellent. Overall, cinema-goers marginally prefer the movie, giving it an average score of 66%, compared to film critics, who gave it a slightly lower average score of 60%. Some of the side stories -- like Superman and Wonder Woman trying to lead "normal" lives -- aren't overly engaging or even original. A lead character is shown getting into a prolonged fistfight with a group of longshoremen outside of a dive bar. Queen Atlanna asks Mera to go up to land and find her other son, Arthur Curry (Matt Lanta). Justice League: Throne of Atlantis 3 Last updated by on Jan 15, 2015 00:01 AM It's time to see how Arthur Curry becomes Aquaman! In the end, the DCAMU experiment rolls on, continuing to demonstrate both positive and negative aspects of a shared universe approach. 'Justice League: Throne of Atlantis' swims to home video in a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo pack. All rights reserved. in writing and film studies. Justice League: Throne of Atlantis (2015).. While it doesn't reach the peaks of the upper echelon of the DC Animated stable, "Throne of Atlantis" gives reason for optimism with future New 52 Justice League films. Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is now available on DVD/Blu-ray and through On Demand, iTunes and other Digital Download services. Be that as it may, there were still plenty of realistic action scenes as Author Curry … A doctor is shown getting stabbed to death. Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is AMAZING!! Caught in the middle of the conflict is a man named Arthur Curry, who has no idea that his strange powers are the key to bringing peace to both Atlantis and the surface world. Looked at on average, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is solid DC superhero entertainment and a great introduction to the Aquaman character, whose revamped origin and attitude are yet another successful sell, which Warner Bros. can then use as the blueprint to shape their upcoming Aquaman movie - which is now much easier to envision with Jason Mamoa in the role. Ally’s Movie Review: Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Allyson Johnson January 24, 2015. It's best to keep in mind the PG-13 rating, as the language and violence are … Machine guns and rocket launchers used. A bad guy is shown getting attacked and killed by a shark. Two characters are shown getting stabbed to death. Justice League: War led to a series of DC animated films with a shared continuity, with Justice League: Throne of Atlantis serving as the direct sequel to War. Earth's heroes (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Cyborg and Shazam) have united to protect the planet - but they're not quite a team yet. 'Justice League: Throne of Atlantis' is solid DC superhero entertainment and a great introduction to the Aquaman character. Directed by Ethan Spaulding, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is a direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movie. Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Blu-ray review. Continue reading. Mostly. One cannot help but feel that Throne Of Atlantis would have been better off if the Justice League had been dumped from the thing entirely, leaving Aquaman to hog the stage in his own origin story to a more complete extent. The mother of a lead character gets stabbed to death. One of the bad guys is killed by a shark. Throne of Atlantis adds some nice colors to the visual palette, thanks to its partially-aquatic setting; there are also a suitable amount of fight sequences on a bigger team scale, though in general the action in the film is just that: suitable. How does this compare to other superhero movies you've seen? Growing up, I always thought Aquaman was the weakest on the team, but DC has done their best in the comic and this animated universe to … Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. Kofi Outlaw (former Editor-in-Chief, 2008 - 2016) has a B.A. Justice League: Throne of Atlantis was never one of the better-looking efforts from WB Animation for their DC line-up and this release does nothing to change that. Arthur is living in coastal Maine, drinking heavily and mourning the recent passing of his father. Speaking of story: DC Creative Chief Geoff Johns wrote the comic book version, which was then adapted to the screen by JL: War and Assault on Arkham screenwriter, Heath Corson. Anime Batman time-travels to ancient Japan; lots of action. Depending on your opinion of the previous films, Throne of Atlantis will fall on roughly the same plane - unless the Aquaman character or mythos are particularly appealing to you. At this point, Corson, too, knows how the WB conveyer belt runs, and therefore his script work carries the same hallmarks as the previous few films: effective streamlining of the DC Comics storyline and animated movie mythos; good focus and development of a central, linchpin character (Aquaman); but also marginalization of other secondary characters, and some story threads that never get suitable development or conclusion. This would be a fine plan, if only the Justice League was a team in more than name only. Sam Witwer (Being Human), Sirena Irwin (Batman: The Brave and the Bold) and Harry Lennix (Man of Steel) have a nice Shakespearian drama to play out as Aquaman's half-brother Orm, his mother Queen Atlanna and Orm's lieutenant (and future Aquaman nemesis) Black Manta. Throne of Atlantis is one of the best stories to come out of the New 52 so far and without a doubt the best crossover event yet. Arthur is a prince of Atlantis, but before he can take his rightful place in the kingdom, the Justice League (and other allies like water-warrior Mera) must help him acclimate to his heroic destiny as Aquaman, and stop the plot to usurp his throne. As stated, the look and directorial composition of these DCAMU movies has become a standard - and it really doesn't get any better or worse with Throne of Atlantis. The DCAMU is basically being crafted by two directors: Ethan Spaulding (Avatar: The Last Airbender) and Jay Oliva (Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox). Upon receiving the news, Cyborg goes off to find out what happened. Animated Aquaman origin story has violence, cursing. If you chose to provide an email address, it will only be used to contact you about your comment. Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is AMAZING!! It's a strategy that works, yet at the same time, with each new animated feature, the movies feel more and more like one long story instead of unique entries, each full of different potential. Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is a lackluster followup to Justice League: War and doesn't really deliver any thrills. Justice League: Throne of Atlantis features Arthur Curry not knowing about his half-Atlantean heritage. Still, on its own terms and when focused on the central story, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is engaging and worthwhile. By now the DC Animated Universe has become a well-oiled machine, dropping Justice League storylines inspired by DC's New 52 comic book reboot in alteration with Batman animated features inspired by the Caped Crusader's more recent comic book or video game adventures. The VA here is mostly fine. In short: he's a good central character, and voice actress Sumalee Montano (Transformers Prime) is a good foil for Lanter as Arthur's love interest, Mera. There's plenty of action for those who just want to see "good guys" and "bad guys" do battle. How does Aquaman's origin story compare to other superheroes' backstories? The 50GB Blu-ray and the single-layer DVD are housed inside an Elite eco-friendly keepcase, with the DVD on the inside left and the Blu-ray on the inside right. We won't share this comment without your permission. See something that needs to be addressed? A one-stop shop for all things video games. The man who later becomes known as Aquaman is shown in a dive bar in Maine getting extremely drunk while mourning the recent passing of his father. The go-to source for comic book and superhero movie fans. © Common Sense Media. The movie also explores one of the lead characters in the aftermath of his parents' death -- something that could be difficult for families facing a similar situation. Online reviewers have written 99 reviews, giving Justice League: Throne of Atlantis (2015) an average rating of 66%. Contact and follow Kofi on Twitter @kofioutlaw. The star rating reflects overall quality. 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There are only one or two distinct moments of combat worth remembering - both of them drawn from iconic panels of the "Throne of Atlantis" comic book story. Justice League Throne Of Atlantis Review By Deffinition. Unlike most Warner Brother DC Animated Films, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis focuses more on a monarchial power struggle which was quite refreshing as it had a classical approach. The next morning, he's shown to be extremely hung over. Really the Justice League is just a backdrop in this film, but it seems that the rotating cast of voice actors has settled into a nice lineup of regulars, with Jerry O'Connell, Jason O'Mara, Christopher Gorham, Shemar Moore and Sean Astin all returning as Superman, Batman, Flash, Cyborg and Shazam. Spaulding has handled some of the less-loved entries (Son of Batman), but after collaborating with Oliva on the well-received Assault on Arkham, Spaulding is taking the Justice League reigns, while Oliva will concentrate on the upcoming Batman vs. Robin feature. Since his time at Screen Rant, Kofi has continued to work in entertainment journalism - joining comicbook.com as Sr. Editor of Original Content. He then earned a Masters Degree in creative writing from The New School in NYC, where he first stumbled upon Screenrant.com when it was just a hobby blog owned by Vic Holtreman. Throne of Atlantis is a story told in chapters alternating between Justice League and Aquaman.Much has been made of the similarities between DC’s “new 52” relaunch and the nineties comic book market. For example, Scott Lobdell and Rob Liefeld were among the major contributors to the relaunch; the house art style seems inspired by nineties aesthetics. 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