I wanted to take a moment to introduce the very first movie review from Eric Jones, of Deacons Den, for Vic’s Movie Den. Eric has already contributed a couple of fantastic posts to The Den and this will be his first full fledged review for me. It is of the latest DCU animated film, “Justice League: Throne Of Atlantis.”
Thank you, Eric, once again, for helping me out with content and for being patient and kind enough to submit a very cool write up!
What’s it About?
In the aftermath of Justice League: War, the world is at peace or so it seems. When Atlantis attacks Metropolis for the death of their king.
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
Directed by Ethan Spaulding
8 out of 10
The newest of the DC Universe Animated Movies, “Throne of Atlantis” takes place after Justice League War. These movies have lately taken a Marvel style approach with a shared universe based on The New 52. The film is based on the 2012 story arc of the same name.
In the film’s story, Orm, the half brother of Arthur Curry, leads a coup to take over the throne of Atlantis. Arthur must embrace his heritage to win back the kingdom that is rightfully his.
That’s the story in a nutshell. However even with the straightforward narrative, I was engaged from start to finish. Unlike the previous DC animated movies, JL: War, Son of Batman and Flashpoint Paradox, I did not read the source material before viewing. So the story was totally brand new to me. Also, I have never read an Aquaman story, so I paid much closer attention being a first timer to his world.
The action is top notch here. I appreciate that DC is using that PG-13 rating to take advantage of some more mature action and themes with these films. My one issue is that although Justice League is in the title, they are still not fully formed yet. By the end of film they will be one step closer to becoming that vanguard we all recognize.
Since the focus is on Aquaman and Atlantis, we still don’t spend time getting to know the characters even though as comic fans we already are. I know that I’m familiar with all of them, but I would have liked to see a bit more interaction between Batman and Superman or Green Lantern, Flash or Wonder Woman.
DC has proven they continue to make solid animated superhero films that a pretty good adaptations of their stories. Throne of Atlantis is no exception. As a comic fan I was not disappointed even if I was not familiar with the source material. Just give me a bit more character interaction and keep up the high quality action.