Review: Justice League: Throne of Atlantis | Beleaguered

Posted January 28, 2015 by in Action

Synopsis: In the aftermath of Justice League: War, the world is at peace or so it seems. When Atlantis attacks the Metropolis for the death of their king. But the Queen has different plans and requires the Justice League to find her lost son. But while they search for him, Atlantian troops; lead by Ocean Master, continue their assault. Who will win?
Length: 72 minutes
Release Date: 13 January 2015
Producers: Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Premiere
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Creators: ,
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Strong character personalities, strong voice acting, fluid action animation


Weak plot, little Justice League teamwork/action, slow pacing and story progression, unfulfilling ending

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis follows on from the previous DC animated movie Justice League: War




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6.9/ 10

by Richard Hoskins
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Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is a solid, but ultimately flawed addition to the DC original movies series. Though it comes in strong with great voice actors and a set of fun and distinct characters, the movie suffers from the symptoms of trying to be more than it is.

Following on from the previous DC animated movie Justice League: War and based on the Aquaman and Justice League New 52 comic series, the story of Throne of Atlantis begins as we find that Justice League, newly formed in War, are now pretty much non existent – none of the members seem to care about it. As Cyborg explores an incident involving a sunken navy submarine and stolen navy missiles, he quickly finds that there was much more to the mystery than originally thought. Knowing he’ll need help, he calls in the members of the Justice League who are now pre-occupied with their own things – Batman patrolling Gotham, Hal trying to get girls, Barry saving people and Superman and Wonder Woman being all lovey dovey. After gathering, they explore the situation, the story of Atlantis is thrown into the mix and soon enough, they are led to Arthur Curry – an unknowing Aquaman. Throne of Atlantis goes on to portray how Arthur Curry, an Atlantean prince raised on the surface world, fights alongside the Justice League against his evil half-brother, Ocean Master, and his equally evil adviser, Black Manta, to not only save Atlantis, but to save the world from Ocean Master’s tyrannical invasion.

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Following the comic storyline, there’s really new or exciting about this movies plot. Similar to its predecessor, Justice League: War, the story follows the same, tired formula of: hero team forms, they go on an adventure, bad guy is beaten right before the end of the movie in about 5 minutes. The only difference between this and the War storyline is the large focus on Aquaman, leaving other members of the League to be used merely as plot devices. This is where I think the movie fails, though that’s not to say that Aquaman himself is a bad character. It’s just I found the pacing of the movie to be too slow and the payoff to be underwhelming – defeating the villain in a weak 5-minute battle is not gratifying in the least. The whole movie, you’re waiting to see Aquaman join and fight alongside the League, which he does by the end of the movie, but only for a comparatively short time, with the overarching villains subdued via giant shark (I don’t know why this would defeat Black Manta who was born and raised alongside monsters like that) and a recording, that’s right, a recording of Ocean Master revealing his evil plan. It’s 2015, guys.

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That all being said, I did enjoy the parts of the movie where the personalities of our heroes were highlighted. There was one scene in particular that stood out as a highlight, where the league was exploring the wreckage of the submarine. Batman used his detective skills, Cyborg used his technological abilities, Flash his knowledge of physics, Green Lantern his knowledge of combat, Wonder Woman’s warrior background and Shazam his child-like sense of observation to lead them on to the next step of their adventure. It was scenes like this that I wanted more of. The personality, banter and team work is what the Justice League can offer the movie medium – why not utilize it? The plot is okay, but it seems the movie depended too highly on the gravitas of Aquaman while underutilizing the Justice League.


In terms of voice acting, the cast of notables and returning players delivers, though not without a few quirks. With most of the first movie’s cast returning, Jason O’Mara, Christopher Gorham, Sean Astin, Shemar Moore, Steven Blum, Nathan Fillion and George Newbern were consistent. Other celebrities include Rosario Dawson as Wonder Woman, Nathan Fillion as a witty Green Lantern, Sumalee Montano playing a powerful Meera and Matt Lanter with the starring role as the ever-heroic Aquaman.

The voice actors reflected the comic characters well, Batman had an objective, calm and calculating voice while Superman had a stoic, more direct tone in his speech. It’s all as you’d expect it to be. There were only a few instances where I felt that the voice acting was underwhelming, mainly by Aquaman. In scenes of panic or confusion the acting felt a little too rushed and lifeless, despite the emotional context.

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With DC being well-known for their animated movies, Throne of Atlantis is no slouch in the animation department. Though the character designs could have used more detail, the overall fluidity of movement, from the punches and kicks to the power blasts, made the movie a sight to behold. With a large portion of the movie being underwater, the animation was suitably atmospheric, creating environments like dark and ominous trenches of the deep sea. Complete with constant hair flow, bubbles and murky color tones, Throne of Atlantis had a lot to offer both above and below the surface.

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When all is said and done, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is solid but underwhelming. It has all the action, your favorite heroes and their menacing opposition. The only real let down comes from the well-worn plot and slow pacing. Rather than introducing and effectively integrating Aquaman into a Justice League movie, it places Aquaman front and centre and downplays the actual Justice League. This could have just been called, Aquaman: Throne of Atlantis, and maybe my expectations wouldn’t have been so misdirected. If you’re a fan of DC and their heroes, you’ll find some enjoyment out of this movie, but if you’re looking for something to really sink your teeth into, you’re better off checking out some of DC’s past movies such as Justice League: Doom or Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths. Regardless, it’s always a pleasure to see Warner Brothers and DC continually producing animated movies of our favorite all-star superheroes. Looking forward to the next one.

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