The DC Entertainment animated branch continues its shared universe expansion with Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, the latest installment in the animated features based on the New 52 Comic book reboot.
The Justice League has been the main thrust of the animated universe, with Flashpoint Paradox and Justice League: War setting the new continuity and introducing modern versions of our favorite heroes. Not to be outdone, Batman has branched of for his own solo adventures in this new universe, via Son of Batman and Batman: Assault on Arkham. Now the Justice League thread continues with Throne of Atlantis, a third entry that follows right along the path of the New 52 comics.
The trailer depicts (as usual) a film that is at once in keeping with - and a departure from - the comic book storyline. As seen in a post-credits button scene included at the end of JL:W, Prince Orm (aka Ocean Master) of Atlantis seeks vengeance after the mythical underwater city's king died as a consequence of the Justice League's battle with Darkseid and Apokolips. In Throne of Atlantis, Orm seeks to enact the Atlantean war protocols - terrible plans that involve sinking surface world cities and killing millions.
As Orm launches his campaign of war, the surface world - and even the Justice League - are caught outgunned and unprepared. However, there is one hope in the form of Arthur Curry, a man who is half Atlantean and half human. With the help of the League and other allies, Arthur must accept his estranged destiny, and stand as the bridge between world above and below as the iconic superhero, Aquaman.
The 'Throne of Atlantis' storyline was pretty cinematic on the page when DCE Creative Chief / comic book writer Geoff Johns thought it up; no surprise that it translates to the screen in epic fashion. Critics of the current DC animated Universe are likely to continue their criticisms of the anime-flavored visuals - as well as the returning voice cast of DC animation vets, which includes Jason O'Mara as Batman; Jerry O'Connell as Superman; Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern; Christopher Gorham as The Flash; Sean Astin as Shazam; Sumalee Montano as Mera; with Rosario Dawson and Sean Patrick Thomas taking over the voices of Wonder Woman and Cyborg. New DCE voice talent includes Sam Witwer (Being Human) as Orm, and Matt Lanter as Aquaman.
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis will be available on DVD/Blu-ray/Digital Download in early 2015.