written by Justin Prince (@prince_justin)
The direct follow-up to last year's Justice League: War sees the king of Atlantis finally making his debut as a member of the league. Originally, I was very let down with War replacing Aquaman with Shazam, but after watching Throne of Atlantis I feel like the movies work fantastic as two parts of this New 52 centric DC animated series of pictures.
Throne of Atlantis adapts the same arc from the New 52 Justice League comic with some aspects of Aquaman's origin from the Secret Origins series. The Queen of Atlantis is searching for the son she had with a man from the surface world while Aquaman's malicious half-brother plots a coup with Black Manta. This "coming-to-terms-with-his-destiny" story tasks Arthur Curry with realizing the potential in his bloodline while teaming with members of the Justice League to combat Orm with legions of Atlantean soldiers as they invade the surface world.
While the Bat, the Alien, the Amazon, the Pilot, the Robo-boy, the Speedy-boy, and the Man-boy play major parts in the narrative, I was pleasantly surprised that Aquaman was the central figure in the story. There's much to love, even the kiss heard round the comic world that Superman shared with Wonder Woman was featured.
Much of Justice League: War's cast returns to the fold with some newcomers. Jason O'Mara, Christopher Gorham, and Sean Astin return as Batman, the Flash, and Shazam. Joining the cast is Jerry O'Connell, Rosario Dawson, Nathan Fillion, and Matt Lanter as Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and Aquaman respectively. Jason O'Mara proves to once again be a good Batman, I mean he's no Kevin Conroy but the guy does a great job... plus, having Nathan Fillion back as Green Lantern is freaking fantastic! Personally he's always been my favorite voice for GL and having him back is a god-send. Matt Lanter does a great job voicing Arthur Curry, here's hoping he'll be back as the King of Atlantis again.
Story-wise, I'd say I was satisfied. DC Animated pictures have touted fantastic production values while staying true (at least for the most part) to the source material. Though nothing has yet come close to how much I loved Under the Red Hood, this has come pretty close when it comes to enjoyment.
DC Animated has been on a roll with their features, here's hoping that the forthcoming Gods and Monsters will keep the ball rolling. An absolute must watch, so go and check it out eh?