Justice League: Throne of Atlantis

 (2,829)6.71 h 12 min2016PG-13
Two new pieces of EC added to this epic film from the DC Universe in which Aquaman and the Justice League face off against Orm, otherworldly weapons and perilous odds.
Ethan Spaulding
Matt LanterSean AstinRosario Dawson
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Nathan FillionChristopher GorhamJerry O'ConnellJason O'MaraSean Patrick Thomas
James Tucker
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Victor OrozcoReviewed in the United States on February 17, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Having watched the previous version of DC Animated Films Justice League movie I had to admit my hopes were pretty low that this movie could be good at all. DC Animated had pretty much butchered Justice League Origin to make Justice League War. One thing that made me angry was that they substituted Aquaman with Shazam and while Shazam was a great character a part of me wanted Aquaman in the movie. But now that I've seen this, not only am I forgiving DC Animated for Justice League War, but applauding them for making Justice League Throne of Atlantis arc much better than the original comic book story.

Set almost immediately after the events of Justice League War, in particular the post credit scene where Orm Marius, Prince of Atlantis holds the body of his father the King of Atlantis to the surface swearing revenge. A tragic casualty of war brought upon them by Darkseid in the previous movie, its elaborated further and even more importantly tells a pretty awesome origin story for Aquaman. Make no mistake, Aquaman has always been a vital member of the Justice League since the 1960's but has had a bad reputation. Batman's been silly every once in a while, but Aquaman appears to always have been silly. The "talking to fish," the loud orange and green colors and of course how naval stories can be slow and boring.

This story not only sets up Orm's seriousness as a threat to the world and for the Justice League, but also makes Aquaman into a much more belivable and serious hero. This story is well adapted from the original story but at the same time told better. Green Lantern and Shazam are involved. There is no treachery from those loyal to Arthur Curry/Aquaman, the only bad guy here is Orm, who's played superbly by Sam Witwer. Plus the tone of this movie is better than the last. No silly Michael Bay style moments and even the cast feels more suited than in the last movie.

Great movie. DCEU take notice, this is how you should make an Aquaman movie.
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Always SamsungReviewed in the United States on April 8, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Who Knew JL Could Be Boring
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I'm giving this DC animated film 4 stars because its the Justice League, but honestly, this is a 3 star film. I was so excited when i found out the new DC film would be about Aquaman. He is one of my favorite characters and i find his whole origin story and Atlantis to be fascinating. I couldn't help myself and i caved in and brought this. I love the JL, but than again who doesn't?

This film is beautiful looking and beautifully drawn. The character design i believe is inspired by Jim Lee's take on JL in the New 52 DC comic rebirth. Yeah, DC keeps relaunching their heroes every few years. Anyways. I love the way each character looks, but with that being said, who knew JL could be boring? This film is pretty much the definition of it. It moves at a slow pace, the dialogue isn't that interesting and it takes awhile before things finally build up and when it does, it ends to quickly. I felt there was so much that they could do and i feel DC shouldn't keep torturing themselves by thinking that a DC animated film can only be 72 mins in length. This is straight to video and they can make it 3 hours for all i care. I'd rather have a 3 hour masterpiece than something that has to be crammed in within a short amount of time.

Buy this if you are a huge JL fan, but others films such as JL Doom and the JL Flashpoint Paradox are way better.
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MichaelReviewed in the United States on October 1, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
If you want to see all the movies, then go for it...
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If you're wanting to see all the movies in the DC animated movie series (or however it is described) then watch it. But, be prepared for some silly shenanigans...

***** Spoilers ahead, probably *****

I get these movies are almost all under an hour and a half, so some rushed writing takes place... but... there is literally a part where Aquaman basically says "Oh yeah, I can talk to fish now." That's something I expect out of a Screen Junkies' Honest Trailer or a Screen Rant Pitch Meeting... not an actual movie.

Before I make my next point, I want to preface I am by no means a Superman fanboy. His character has always felt too overpowered to be interesting to me (I am sure there are things I don't know or would love him if I read comic X, Y, or Z). This being said, somehow a wannabe King of Atlantis whoops Superman's butt, not once, but TWICE, and not just him, but almost all of the Justice League members in this movie. But later is somehow taken down by a single punch from Aquaman.. come on... just silly...

******* No more spoilers, for sure ********

Anyway, if you got the time and don't mind spending the money, go for it.
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Jared CulpepperReviewed in the United States on April 18, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Well, at least it was... there.
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I'm a big fan of Aquaman, really enjoy the New 52 series, particularly the Geoff John's run that this movie ostensibly borrows from. I'm ok with the separate canon of this movie from the comic--though Dr. Shin's role was too different for my preference, to put it mildly. It is unfortunate that this film didn't take the right cues from the John's no-BS, ass-kicking Aquaman. When Justice League War excluded Aquaman in favor of Shazam I was disappointed until I learned it was an effort to pave the way for this project. I thought, "Great, they're going to capitalize on the dramatic reinvention of one of comics' most underrated heroes." Instead it seems like they read through some comics real quick, then merged that with some tween humor, and said "Greenlight this ho, let's make some money off nerds!"

It's a shame this movie is yet another Aquaman iteration that must be tactfully defended by Aquaman apologists. It's not terrible, but it lacks cohesion, it's a little too campy because of laziness--like the creators just threw together some general knowledge of the comic and half-assed a movie from there, because they knew (and they were right) that comic fans would still watch. That's a bit dramatic--I'm sure they wanted to make a good movie--but it's sometimes a little too wink-at-the-audience-and-do-comic-book-things. There are some real bright spots among the DC animated movies and I'll keep watching them and paying for them (even if only to rent) because I love DC stories.
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JamesReviewed in the United States on March 2, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Better than the last few DC Animated movies
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Theres been a disturbing trend with the DC Animated films lately. After years of stellar animated films from DC they have been slipping up lately. Justice League: WAR was average at best and Batman & Son was borderline AWFUL. The good news is this is FAR better than Batman & Son and slightly better than Justice League: WAR.

This is basically an Aquaman movie with the other Justice League characters playing supporting roles. At times the movie can drag a little but in the end its one of the better films DC has put out recently. Unlike Batman & Son they do justice to the comic book source material without cannibalizing the story or making a train wreck that barely resembles the original story. Its great to see Aquaman finally getting some attention and respect since he came an unnecessary punchline in recent years. I dont know where the whole "his only power is he talks to fish!!" insult came from.

If you're a fan of Aquaman, Justice League or Animated action in general you will enjoy this. The only glaring negative I can think of is the voice actor who plays Batman. Jason O'mara has got to go in my opinion. His work here is better than Justice League: WAR and Batman & Son but thats not saying much. Its like hes sedated or something! Its almost like hes trying to talk in a whisper but hes so monotone and emotionless that it gets grinding after awhile.

Also there is an after the credits scene that I'm assuming sets up the next film in the series. Hopefully this is the beginning of an upward trend for the DC Animated films and they return to their past glory.
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Lil MCReviewed in the United States on February 17, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
All Hail the King of the Seven Seas.
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Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is AMAZING!! This film from DC gives the telling of Aquaman's origins the respect he deserves. DC never disappoints with its direct to market animated feature films. They have far surpassed Marvel on this front. JL:TOA is a superior standard for Justice League films. It completely won me back to the franchise after that oddball film Justice League: Gods and Monsters.

Arthur Curry is given the origin story that leaves no doubt as to why he is King of the Seven Seas. The team behind this film really knocked it out of the park. I don't want to give away any spoilers here. However, I will say that if you rent it or buy it, you will NOT be disappointed. JL:TOA watches like a big budget feature film. If DC could take the brilliance of this film and translate it into a live-action property, they could match or even conquer the success of Marvel. (Also, they would have to stop letting Zak Snyder butt-hump iconic DC properties. Remember Man of Steel?)

At any rate, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is 5 stars from me. It is hands down one of the BEST Justice League films DC has ever produced.
LegendsofBatmanReviewed in the United States on June 28, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Another Good DC Animated DVD Movie
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Since Bruce Timm and DC initiated the Animated Direct to DVD movies, most often based on graphic novels, they have been a mixed bag. Some being superb, some just bad. Usually the ones without Timm's name attached are the ones I have found to be the worst.
Fans of the animated Batman series have just one wish: Kevin Conroy to be the only one to voice Batman. Andrea Romano is awesome at her job. She finds the best voices for the parts, hitting home runs over 90% of the time. Even some of the others who have voiced Batman have been good. Just not Conroy. And generally, going Conway will be the right way to go. Never-the-less, this was not a horrible voiced Batman; although, his part is not large enough to really worry about.

As the modern age of comics continues to find new ways to connect heroes, this was not horrible. And, fortunately, this film, and for us, there seems to be a little continuity, in that the JL finally knows each other, and is not totally against each other.

The story is good, animation good, but, as usual, not perfect. One thing that bothers me is that parents will have to decide whether this is age appropriate for their kids, as there is a bit more use of the stronger swearing.
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Paul S. PersonReviewed in the United States on October 4, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Yet Another Aquaman Origin Story
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So, what is it with Aquaman? Is his origin story his /only/ story?
Here, there is no nonsense about Neptune's Trident -- his half-brother, who has declared war on the surface world, already has it.
We already know how it ends; we've seen it before.
Yes, it's well enough done. But is that really an excuse for trotting this tired horse out again?
/This/ is why I watch DC Animated films before I buy them, no matter how ecstatic the reviews.
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