- Title: Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
- Director: Ethan Spaulding
- Review: ★★★★☆
Aquaman got mad sharks! The latest animated DC Universe Original Movie has arrived, under the same continuity that has been established over the last several Justice League films. Aquaman had previously been absent from those films, but finally makes his debut in Throne of Atlantis. They might have waited awhile to finally introduce him to the team he helped found in the comics, but they shaped the perfect origin story to bring him into the fold.
Arthur Curry has lived alone in a lighthouse next to the ocean since his father passed away. He has super strength, near invulnerability, and a connection to the water, but he never found out about his true lineage, such as that his mother is Queen of Atlantis. This all begins to change as a United States submarine is attacked and destroyed in the Ocean by Orm, Arthur’s warmongering half-brother who is bent on starting a war between Atlantis and the rest of the world. The Justice League is called to investigate the submarine attack which eventually leads them to cross paths with Arthur. To stop a war that will kill countless on both sides, they need to team up to stop Orm and the full might of Atlantis.
The Justice League themselves serve as background characters for a story that truly revolves around Aquaman front in center. In fact, it might have been better to have them absent from the film. This really says a lot about just how interesting and cool they made Aquaman himself, that you really want more of him. If you are not familiar with just how awesome DC has made the character recently, the movie will certainly show you. He indeed has some mad sharks that come into play during one of the best moments of the film. His character progression from someone lost in the world to future leader gets glazed over a little to fast, but there was so much in the film it was not surprising they had to move through it at a brisk pace.
The best action sequences of the film actually do not revolve Aquaman, but instead his future bride Mera. We see the raw power Aquaman possesses in battle, but Mera is the one to truly shine with a devastating skill set. She easily dispatches her foes, resulting in some of the bloodier scenes that might be a bit intense for younger viewers.
DC fans will certainly have plenty to be excited about with the film. Having the Justice League in the film does add other fun cameos, such as Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, and more. If you know your characters, there is even a nice Steel reference to watch out for.
Once you have made your way through the film, there are plenty of extras on the disc to keep you entertained. There are a few interesting featurettes looking into the behind the scenes making of the film. While not a deleted scene exactly, they did add an extra animated short featuring Nightwing and Robin that ties into a case Batman is working on in the beginning of Throne of Atlantis. There is a look at one of their next upcoming animated films, Batman Vs Robin. Finally, they added a few extra Brave and the Bold episodes just as an added bonus for some more Justice League entertainment.
If you are not an avid reader of the comics, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis will show you a side of Aquaman that you may not be use to, one that shows why he is one of the most powerful members of the Justice League. Even though we wish the focus would have been entirely on him, he does get plenty of moments to shine in throughout. If you ever thought Aquaman was just the joke of the superhero community, this will easily change your mind with some incredibly intense action.