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Justice League: Throne of Atlantis - Blu-ray Review

Title: Justice League: Throne of Atlantis


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“Justice League: Throne of Atlantis” picks up right after the events of “Justice League: War”, where the majority of the Justice league have had to team up to defeat Darkseid. A grudging realization is starting to form among the super humans that maybe there really is a need for a pooling of powers and the foundations of the full-fledged Justice League begins to form. Ironically the Justice League characters really are more of a background here, as the movie was originally meant to be an Aquaman origins story, but the powers that be feared that Aquaman wouldn’t be a big enough draw for the audience, so they sandwiched in the rest of the crew and relabeled it.

Back in the day, Aquaman was kind of the joke character in the DC universe. He could call upon the power of the sea beasts and walk on land, but that was really it, he never really did a whole lot in the Justice League and most people wrote him off in the comics as well. That all changed when the 52 reboot happened a few years ago and DC drastically changed up and rebooted about 52 superheroes in their comics. Superman became a bit harsher, Wonder Woman gained powers she never had, Hal Jordan came back, and Aquaman was reborn as a MUCH more powerful guardian of the lost city of Atlantis, complete with magical scepters and a physique that could stand up against even the brawniest of supervillains.

This tale goes back to the beginnings of Arthur Curry (voiced by Matt Lanter, who was made popular by voicing Anakin Skywalker in “The Clone Wars” animated series) and his realization of his destiny. The initial Justice League members are alerted to Atlantis’ presence when the crown prince of Atlantis goes and attacks a U.S. submarine and sets off our heroes on a quest to find out WHO did it. At the same time, Queen Atlanta (Sirena Irwin) summons her own son to her side. Not the crown prince, but rather a young man by the name of Arthur Curry. Arthur was born in the human world, the love child of Arthur’s human father and Queen Atlanta, but raised on dry ground while Atlanta ruled the deep. Hoping to bridge the gap between Humans and Atlantian’s, the Queen hopes to persuade Arthur to take his rightful place as heir to the throne. Unfortunately for her, the crown prince, Orm (Sam Witwer) has other plans, plans that include taking the throne by force and protecting Atlantis in the only way he knows how. By taking his forces to dry land and subjugating the air breathers. Teaming up with Batman (Jason O’Mara), The Flash (Christopher Gorham), Green Lantern (Nathan Fillion), Wonder Woman (Rosario Dawson), Shazam (Sean Astin), Cyborg (Shemar Moore) and Superman (Jerry O’Connell), he must claim his birthright and stop a war between his family by experience, and his family by blood at the same time.

“Throne of Atlantis” is a bit more awkward than a few of its predecessors, mainly due to the weird hybrid of creating an Aquaman origins story and shoehorning the Justice League into the foreground in an effort to draw that wider audience. As such it feel kind of cramped with too many cooks in the kitchen. The origins of Arthur/Aquaman is actually quite good, and stands as the highlight of the film. The young man who doesn’t know why he carries such incredible physical gifts is brought face to face with his destiny, and we see the forming of the 52 reboot Aquaman on the table. The forcing in of the Justice League really disrupts the flow though, as our attention wavers from Aquaman’s tale, to shift over to Wonder Woman, Superamn, etc waving at us from the sidelines saying “remember us?!”, and then suddenly shifting back to the underwater tale in a jarring snap back.

Don’t take this as a sign that it’s a bad entry into the DCU. It’s still a decent story, and while it’s unfortunate that it tops out at decent, even a decent DC animated film is leagues better than 95% of animated movies (that aren’t Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks) out of the water, and is still dominating Marvel’s animated entries without contest. It’s been nice to see DC create a cohesive universe with the last few movies, and we see that they all are becoming interconnected, much like how Marvel is crafting its live action world. Hopefully next time we get to see Martian Manhunter’s origins, or at least see his inclusion into the team so the circle can become complete.


Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action throughout

“Justice League: Throne of Atlantis” is presented in its original 1.78:1 ratio and put on a BD-25, like its predecessors. Warner has always done a GOOD job with its animated films, but unfortunately rarely ever done a GREAT job on them. Much like "Justice League: War" their is plenty of instances where banding shows its ugly head and there is even a bit of haloing. However the colors are bright and cheerful with plenty of boost in the primaries. The reds and blues of superman and wonder woman look incredibly impressive and Green Lantern’s neon green hues blast through the dark and dreary landscape. Detail is impressive and shows a ton of hidden flaws in the animation, albeit a few of the heroes look a bit rushed in the animation department at times. Black levels are satisfactory and only have a little bit of crush going on. Surprisingly Warner seems to have gotten a bit more of a handle on their banding, for while there is some as mentioned, it is not as grievous as it has been in the past. A very solid presentation with a few compression flaws that are commonly found on Warner’s animated films, and one that still gets a solid thumbs up from me.

The 5.1 DTS-HD MA is, as always, is the highlight of the audio/video presentation and doesn’t hold any punches. A dynamic track that sparkles at every turn, “Justice League: Throne of Atlantis” bring the battle to the front yard with tons of power and oomph in the gas tank. The surrounds and LFE channels are firing on all four cylinders as the action blasts through the soundscape and leaves no prisoners. The dialogue is well balanced, locked up there in the center channel and well within the limits of the impressive dynamic range. There’s some great directional sounds during the latter part of the movie as the Atlantian army comes out to play with the heroes of Earth and the ray blasts from Orm’s scepter tear up the speakers as they bounce from one side of the screen to another. Definitely an A+ track that will leave you grinning from ear to ear.


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• Sneak Peak at "Batman Vs. Robin"
• Villains of the Deep
• From the DC Comics Vault - 4 Bonus Episodes


The newest entry into the DC lineup of animated movies is a solid entry, but still one of the weaker ones in recent history. The odd shoehorning of the rest of the Justice League into what was obviously meant to be an Aquaman standalone leaves the viewer a bit disappointed in comparison to the other movies in the universe. Still, it’s a fun little watch, and rests just under the quality of “Justice League: War” and opens up the door for some very interesting follow up adventures to come in the future. Definitely check it out if you’re a fan of the DC animated universe.

Additional Information:

Starring: Jerry O'Connell, Matt Lanter, Rosario Dawson, Nathan Fillion
Directed by: Ethan Spaulding
Written by: Heath Corson
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 AVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1, French, Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Mexican) DD 5.1
Studio: Warner
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 72 Minutes
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