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Monday, 23 February 2015

DVD Of The Week: Justice League - Throne Of Atlantis (2015)


Following on from the mediocre Justice League: War, the Justice League still hasn't gelled as a functioning entity (because everything is so hard in the New 52) but the disprate elements get pulled together when the "surface world" is threatened by the previously unknown forces of Atlantis rising from the oceans.

The key to the League's success is a lighthouse keeper called Arthur Curry (voiced by Matt Lanter) who happens to be the half-human/half-Atlantean half-brother of Orm (Sam Witwer), the usurper who has slain their mother, the queen of Atlantis.

Having been manipulated by Black Manta (voiced by The Blacklist's Harry Lennix), Orm is now leading the invading armies - with paper-thin plan, no more complex than "kill!kill!kill!".

The League, barring Batman, come off as sulky teenagers for the most part and their own strategy isn't much more involved than Orm's - in the grand finale they each take it in turns to attack him (and get squashed in the process), rather than co-ordinating their attacks.

Because no reference is made to Superman's vulnerability to magic, he doesn't come off as particularly super in this story.

Ultimately, every member of the League plays second-fiddle to the Batman (voiced by Jason O'Mara) and, even with the intervention of the newly empowered Arthur Curry, it's pretty much Bats' smarts that save the day.

There's a lot of little details than an old fogey like me can't get his head round in this New 52 iteration of the League (for one thing, I can't grok Superman and Wonder Woman dating, he should be with Lois; and Captain Marvel is Captain Marvel, not Shazam) but now DC and Warner Brothers are starting to build a series of this movies I hope they let it continue - even though DC Comics has abandoned the whole New 52 schtick now - so we can see the characters grow through the films. We certainly don't need yet another origin movie!

Hopefully, if this series continues, the various members of the League will become more rounded (and more likeable).

The Throne Of Atlantis was a solid enough "next" film, but all being well the third Justice League outing will fell more like a self-contained Justice League adventure and not just another chapter in the slow and tortuous retelling of the League's origin. 

2 comments:

  1. I watched this a couple weeks ago, and I think I dozed off there for a few minutes.

    Too bad for Lois Lane, but she's the one who wants the flashy guy and ignored the steady, responsible Clark Kent.

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    1. Pretty certain I zoned out at least once during this movie ;) The thing about Lois in this film is that she flirts overtly with Clark, when she comes him and Diana on their date, and is very 'protective' of him - there's clearly meant to be some attraction there.

      I'm very disappointed that DC has gone of the way of thinking a "super" character needs a "super" partner.

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