Directed by Ethan Spaulding, "Inspired by the Graphic Novel, 'Justice League: Throne of Atlantis'"
A few evenings ago, I watched the newest DC Animated Movie, the second “New 52” offering, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis. I enjoyed this one much more on the initial viewing than I did the first [LINK]. Even though I’m still irked they replaced Aquaman with Captain Marvel “Shazam” in Justice League: War, it allowed them to give the King of the Seven Seas a really good story in this one, being introduced and discovering his heritage right along with his teammates-to-be (because he’s been admitted to the still-new Justice League” by the end). It also gave his mother a larger, and heartbreaking, role in the story (but still better than how they’re currently treating her in the comics, although that story is still playing out). Of course, it simplified and streamlined the story as it appeared in the comics, even beyond the necessary changes to the storyline. Mostly it worked, even though Orm comes off as nothing more than a villain here, with no redeeming qualities as he’s been given in the comics. Mera's comics origin seems to be completely negated here. And there was ‘way too much continuous fighting toward the end – inevitable especially when you’ve got such a large cast to juggle. I was reminded of Man of Steel. Overall, however, I really liked this movie. This was the Aquaman I would like to see on the big screen. Although I tend to give Zack Snyder the benefit of the doubt in what’s coming for Superman V. Batman: Dawn of Justice, Jason Momoa is just nothing like the Aquaman I would like to see – he may do a fine job (he does seem to have enthusiasm for the role), but the image they released last week ...
...was the first thing connected to the upcoming movie that I’ve just had a visceral “No!” ripped from me over – literally, sitting with my wife, waiting for an appointment, paging down my Facebook feed, I blurted out a strangled “No!” … She did not understand even once I tried to explain. But I think I could show her this movie and maybe she would get it…. I definitely will be watching and enjoying this movie again.
Cheers! ... and Thanks for reading!
(N.B.: I have no idea what is up with the duplication of the title "Throne of Atlantis" for two different graphic novels. I have the original comics, in which the story arc crossed over between the two ongoing titles. Did DC publish all of the chapters in each series' collections? Or, horrific as it might sound, did they only the chapters proper to each series in that title's collections?)