Justice League:Throne of Atlantis (Blu-ray + DVD)
(Sean Astin, Rosario Dawson, Nathan Fillion, Shemar Moore, Jerry O'Connell, et al / Blu ray + DVD / PG-13 / 2015 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: When Atlantian troops assault Metropolis as revenge for the death of their king, the Queen seeks help from the Justice League to find her son who has gone missing during the madness.
Blu ray Verdict: As the newly christened "Justice League" investigate a mysterious attack against a nuclear submarine, we get glimpse into the life of one Arthur Curry. Grieving the loss of his father, the directionless Arthur has turned to drowning his sorrows and talking to lobsters. Just another drunken bum wandering the harbor. Or is he? As a fight with some thugs show, Arthur is more than human, boasting incredible strength, invulnerability, and able to mentally communicate with ocean life. Destiny, it seems, is not without a sense of convenience.
It seems that Arthur is the heir to the throne of Atlantis, the legendary underwater city, and the death of Atlantis' king (as shown in Justice League: War) forces Arthur to realize his birthright. While some see him as the solution to peace between two worlds, his half brother Orm desires only vengeance against the surface world. As tensions mount, a coup from within sparks all out war; a war that only the Justice League can stop.
I've said it before that DC and WB Animation's latest line of movies feel like Justice League in the tone of Marvel's Avengers. THRONE OF ATLANTIS continues that but starts to carve out its own identity. The forced humor is toned down a lot but the show still keeps its upbeat sense of superhero fun. The chemistry among the cast is impeccable thanks to the voice direction of veteran Andrea Romero.
Some of the more questionable voices from the previous movie (Alan Tudyk as Superman, Justin Kirk as Green Lantern) are replaced with better sounding actors. Nathan Fillon is definitely a welcome choice to reprise his Green Lantern role and Jerry "Sliders" O'Connell takes over as Superman. On the antagonist side is Prince Orm, voiced by Sam "Starkiller" Witwer, who may be the most deliciously over-the-top villain in animation since the 90s Street Fighter cartoon's M Bison played by Richard Newman.
For all the natural sounding dialogue and spot on acting, 'Throne of Atlantis' feels a bit too bloated with too much plot in too little time. As a result, the central character of Arthur Curry is criminally underdeveloped. His story takes some cues from the live action 'man Of Steel' movie but due to a lack of focus, you never really get into his head or his personality. He goes from a man whose life is in a mess, without direction or resolve, to a natural born leader with strength of character and charisma. Also within a single day!
Take away the opening and closing credits and this movie has just over an hour worth of content; Underdeveloped content, but beautifully drawn and animated content. Both artwork and animation takes a step up from the last installment. The art is decently detailed even in the tightest action scenes. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Blu ray Special Features of:
Scoring Atlantis: The Sound of the Deep Featurette
Robin and Nightwing Bonus Sequence
Throne of Atlantis: 2014 NY Comic Con Panel
Throne of Atlantis Soundtrack
A Sneak Peak at DC Universe's Next Animated Movie: Batman Vs. Robin
Villains of the Deep Featurette
From the DC Comics Vault - 4 Bonus Cartoons