It's been a while since I've done one of these and I was a skitchy about doing this one because I had quite a bit of hate for the first film Justice League War. When I heard they were doing a sequel I groaned but then I saw the first trailer for Throne of Atlantis and got a bit intrigued. So how does this sequel hold up?
Well...I should have figured that I wouldn't like it but I did not expect it to actually be worse than the first. For this review I'm going to have to do it with Pros and Cons because if I did this like a normal article there would be too much venting. But before I do let me ask something.
Ah New 52, why do you continue to anger me?
1. The Animation
Like most animated DC films, the most effort they put into is nice animation and this is definitely the case. However I did think that at times the strange blurriness of the backgrounds was a little off-putting.
2. The Voice-Acting
The actors do seem to put a lot of effort into a flawed script and bare bones story. Sam Witwer and Matt Lanter join the cast and they are by far some of the best things about this movie.
3. Aquaman AKA Arthur Curry
As much as I'd hate to give New 52 ANY credit, I can't deny one of the only stories I like is Aquaman. And in this movie, he basically is New 52 Aquaman and he is pretty cool. Matt Lanter (who voiced Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars the Clone Wars) plays Aquaman and while I would prefer the awesomeness of Phil Lamarr I won't deny he did a great job. Writing of the character was also nice (although a bit rushed in places).
She was okay, kinda bland and rushed but not a bad character.
Not kidding when I say that I only found those four things to be the only good things about this movie. Now I may vent on some of these cons so if you DO NOT want to read that then I will just some up that I pretty much hated the rest of this movie.
1. The Justice League
Where in War I gave credit for Cyborg and Shazam being somewhat cool. Here, THE ENTIRE LEAGUE ARE POINTLESS TO THE PLOT! And what's the title of the movie called? Justice League? Yeah you would think they would serve just a tiny bit of a point. What do I mean by this? Well Arthur is taken to Atlantis by Mera and she didn't need the help of the League to find Arthur. Arthur doesn't need the League to help control his powers. Arthur didn't team up with the League to stop Orm, it wasn't a team effort to stop the Atlanteans. In fact the League is wasted by the League except for of course Batman, who for some reason is the ultimate over powered hero in New 52, saves the day. The man who could dodge the speed of Superman in the first movie. Sorry I had to bring that up, that just irritated me so much.
Now that we've established how useless these heroes are, let's talk about the character individually because they are ALL unlikable.
Ah, yes the Man of Steel, the Last Son of Krypton, the Symbol of Hope, my all time favorite hero...is written as a cocky idiot who kisses the boot of his girlfriend. While he isn't as unlikable as the first movie, like when he speaks to Arthur about his people, he still is NOT Superman. Jerry O'Connell plays Superman this time instead of Alan Tudyk and he actually has a good voice for him but too bad the writing made him backwards. Let's talk about his girlfriend next.
There she is, wearing the worst outfit for the character I have ever seen. Same problems as the first movie: battle-hungry idiot who shows no compassion or love for anyone else except for Superman and I'm pretty sure she's just with him because of what he has between his legs. Sorry won't make too many jokes like that. Rosario Dawson plays her and again good choice for the voice but written terribly. Oh and DC, knock it off! Stop trying to force the relationship between her and Superman down our throats.
Or as I like to call him: Nasally Congested-Man! Yeah Jason O'Mara returns with his incredibly awkward Batman voice as the super mega ultra spectacular omega awesome ultimate GOD that is the Dark Knight. Look I love Batman as much as the next guy but they really need to stop overpowering this dude. Cool suit though.
I said to myself, if this movie sucks maybe they can continue to make this character cool...I was wrong. He's become emo and pretty boring. Shemar Moore does a great voice acting job but other than that, it's meh.
Hey you know that comic relief sidekick who provides no comedy or relief to a movie that you just despise? Shazam has been devolved into that. I think Sean Astin knew that so he decided to give minimal lines to him. And this character had a certain moment that made my brain shut down when...Orm makes a lightning bolt come down and turn him back into Billy Batson. OKAY gotta curse this one by saying BULLSHIT MOVIE!
Umm...he was there. That's all I got.
Oh. My. Freaking. God. What did you do DC? You managed to make Green Lantern EVEN more annoying and douchey than you did in War! And what I thought would be an improvement actually just depressed me slightly was the fact that Nathan Fillion returned as Hal Jordan, who is one of my all time favorite DC characters. So when Fillion is this much of an unlikable douche, it tugs the heart strings.
That was ONE con people...only ONE. Oh boy, let's move onto the next one.
Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki. Loki......He's Loki with a DC skin. He is played by Sam Witer (who played Starkiller in SWTFU, Aidan from Being Human, and the dead soldier in the tank on Walking Dead) and he is one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood and he plays a horrible villain. Where Loki had a motive that actually made sense, this guy did not. LOKI!
3. The Story was rushed beyond belief.
Here is the story: bad guys want throne, man finds out he's from Atlantis, man goes to Atlantis, bad guy kills Queen and gets throne, bad guy wages war, good guy stops bad guy, END! That's our story and it was painfully rushed. There was no development for Aquaman's powers, he just sort of knows them in like three seconds. The romance between Aquaman and Mera some straight the hell out of nowhere. The climax was laughable. Look DC this type of quick story structure does not work with movies. Make these movies like two and a half hours long and you could have yourself an amazing movie but not this was only 72 minutes long...which is strange because another animated film Justice League the New Frontier is one of my all time favorite movies and yet it is shorter than this one.
4. The Music Was Almost Non-Existent
5. The Action Was Incredibly Dull
6. EVERY hero killed.
In the main battle and any other battle each hero killed every person they fought. Hey what was the main rule for heroes in the DC universe? OH YEAH! No killing! And what's funny is that the ones who are all about no killing were the ones that killed the most! Superman and Wonder Woman! At least in Man of Steel, Superman had no choice but to kill Zod but here? Why are they killing?
Justice League Throne of Atlantis should have been ONLY about Aquaman and it should have been longer. It had so many problems that angered me and it depresses me that this is what the animated universe has become. I give Justice League Throne of Atlantis a Dirt Rating which is the equivalent of a 1/10.