Plot: Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is a direct-to-video animated superhero film which is part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies. The film is based on the Throne of Atlantis story arc written by Geoff Johns and serves as a sequel to 2014’s Justice League: War.
Review: Well I’ve been reviewing martial arts movies and other action flicks recently so today I thought I’d do something a little different. Also, I’m just a huge Batman fan and was intrigued to check this out.
Throne of Atlantis is basically the origin story of the “lamest” Justice League member Aqua Man. After watching this movie I actually think he’s kind of awesome but Bats will always be number one in my book, closely followed by Superman.
The voicework in the film was overall pretty decent although Sean Astin was rather annoying as Shazam.
Matt Lanter provides the voice of Aqua Man and if you think he sounds familiar, that’s because he provided the voice of Anakin Skywalker in The Clone Wars series. Lanter makes the character suitably bad ass and he has a rather cool bar fight at the start.
The film surprisingly has some decent violence with lots of blood and a few swearwords thrown in for good measure so it’s maybe not suitable for the younger viewers… although I watched RoboCop for the first time when I was 8 so I’m pretty sure they could handle it. It has plenty of action and climactic city battle is quite cool.
The one thing which bothered me about this movie was the sheer lack of Batman; during the final battle everyone is kicking ass except Batsy. He appears towards the end but still never actually has any real action so it’s very disappointing.
Jason O’Mara (Son of Batman) once again provides the voice of Batman but he barely says anything; he still has a cool voice though.
Interestingly enough Harry Lennix provides the voice of Black Manta but if you think his voice is familiar, that’s because he was in Man of Steel as General Swanwick.
This movie belongs to Nathan Fillion though who really was born to play Green Lantern; he has a one-liner for every occasion and shows that not all DC properties have to be miserable and humourless.
It all ends far too quickly at a brief 72 minutes, it’s over just as it’s getting started but it moves along well and isn’t dull.
I enjoyed Sam Witwer as Orm who you’ll hate from the very start; he’s a typical supervillain though and not all that interesting a character.
Overall, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis has plenty of action and a great voice cast, but it’s over too fast and the lack of Batman was a letdown.