-Gregg Dietz (@ChubRockGeek)
The sequel to last years Justice League: War, Aquaman takes center stage as his origin is told in Justice League: Throne of Atlantis. The DC universe has so many different ways to tell the same story over and over that it’s quite refreshing with these animated movies. Instead of fleshing out everyones origin, they start with everyone already being well into superheroism. When I wrote my review of Justice Leauge: War, which you can read right here, I wanted to convey how important it is for superheroes to be fun. This film nails that with gusto.
The plot is mostly following Arthur Curry as he discovers who he is supposed to be. After his father dies, he struggles to find what he’s meant to do, that is until his destiny finds him. The Justice League are in a search to find the lost city of Atlantis after Cyborg encounters some deep sea warriors that destroyed a US submarine. After a short time, the stories converge to a wonderful finale that didn’t lose my attention.
The visuals and animation are on point as they were with the first one. Every corner of the scenery is fleshed out to showcase the world. The palace and city of Atlantis are beautiful to look at and there are moments where the director wants to show this. In each individual city, the setting looks right, not once was I confused as to where they were. Every character looks wonderful and vibrant as they did in the first. I especially like how they drew the heroes civilian costumes.
The voice acting is even better than the first. So many great actors are in this time and made me not only love the dialog but just listening to see if I could recognize them. Allow me run down some of my favorites. Sam Witwer as Orm/Ocean Master, Rosario Dawson as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince, Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern/Hal Jordan, Harry Lennix as Black Manta, and Sirena Irwin as Queen Atlanna. There are more wonderful actors who accompany them, we truly live in an age of talented voices.
My gripes are that the story does take a small detour quite often into the politics of atlantis. I understand that the plot needs a bit of explanation as to why things are the way they are in atlantis but there are bits of dialog that last far too long. This happens more than once and as someone who understands what’s happening, I didn’t need more scenes of that. All the other heroes in the the story have unique costumes but with a familiar tone. Aquaman’s was so similar to his comic counterpart that it came off as pandering to the comic crowd. He wore a small bit of armor in a scene before shedding it all to reveal the orange and green you know. I would have loved to see him wear the armor as his regular costume.
Overall I loved this sequel as much as the first. It was a very well made and paced story with action and comedy to keep me watching. I recommend that people watch the first before seeing this one but if you happen to see one before War, don’t worry because you aren’t punished for it. I give Justice League: Throne of Atlantis an 8 out of 10.