Rotten Tomatoes Rating: NA (Critics) / 67% (Audience)
Directed By: Jay Oliva and Ethan Spaulding
Written By: Heath Corson
Starring: Sean Astin, Rosario Dawson, Nathan Fillion, Matt Lanter, Jason O’Mara
Studio: Warner Home Video
Synopsis: When Atlantean troops assault Metropolis as revenge for the death of their king, the Queen seeks help from the Justice League to find her son who has gone missing during the madness. – (Source)
This film had some really great animated action scenes while also delivering some really good character building moments that helped to show how this neophyte Justice League is beginning to come together as a team.Also I am still digging the anime-inspired art style.
Best of all Aquaman was given his just due and allowed to shine. His origin story was cool and the character easily was able to stand on his own under the spotlight despite the other heroes in the cast. And is drunken conversation with a seafood shack lobster was hilarious.
Some of the animation had issues most glaringly how the majority of the Atlantean army all looked like the same dude. A little more time and effort spent on background stuff would have been a smart move.
And Black Manta got taken out way too easy.
Jason O’Mara is fine but he is no Kevin Conroy. Conroy should be voicing Batman in everything from now until the end of time.
Final Verdict: The new direction of DC/Warner’s animated home videos continues to score. While there are some flaws in the animation and storytelling, overall this film continues to build the DC Universe nicely while also showing some serious love to Aquaman. I think that WB would be smart to just strip out all the other heroes and use this story for their upcoming live-action Aquaman movie starring Jason Momoa.