Justice League: Throne Of Atlantis
The Little Merman
Release Date: OUT NOW!
2015 | 15 | Blu- ray Director: Ethan Spaulding Cast: Matt Lanter, Sam Witwer, Jason O’Mara, Shemar Moore The “Let’s Convince Everybody That Aquaman Is Cool” project continues with this latest animation from DC and Warner. A sequel to last year’s Justice League: War, Throne Of Atlantis marks the second animated appearance of the New 52- era Justice League and shows lots of ways for the upcoming live- action Aquaman movie to go disastrously wrong.
When an attack on a submarine reveals the existence of Atlantis, conflict between the ocean- dwellers and the surface seems inevitable. Only long- lost heir to the Atlantean throne Arthur Curry has a chance of bringing peace. Of course, this is achieved through extensive ( and seemingly endless) fight sequences.
Throne Of Atlantis cranks up the action but rarely conjures any real excitement. The pompous Aquaman- related drama isn’t helped by creaky dialogue, and the uneven tone veers from daft underwater fantasy to bloody violence and out- of- place swearing. The setpieces are bland, and the Justice League come across as bickering jackasses. Ultimately, this feels like a major step backwards for DC’s usually reliable animated movies.
Extras: Featurettes on the villains ( 12 minutes) and the score ( 30 minutes); a bonus sequence starring Robin and Nightwing; Comic- Con panel ( 27 minutes); four bonus episodes of old toons; a preview of the next DC Universe movie. Saxon Bullock
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