Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – A Sneak Peak at the New Aquaman
In Warner Brothers Home Entertainment’s DC Comics DVD adaption, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Aquaman takes the spotlight. According to TV Guide, the king of the seven seas’ origin story is part of a series of DC Comics-themed movies. Aquaman who was frequently poked fun at for his odd powers and flat personality was given a makeover in DC’s “New 52” comic book reboot which showcased the king of the seven seas; leadership and superhuman strength.
The movie focusing on a young Arthur Cuirry, which is raised by a human father. He discovers his aquatic heritage and his heir to the throne to the watery kingdom of Atlantis. The surface world is set against the underwater kingdom in the movie’s arc.
“We meet him at a low point in his life,” says supervising producer James Tucker, who created one of the most beloved versions of the character, the jovial warrior on Batman: The Brave and the Bold. “He’s a little bit lost. His father has died and he’s always been an outsider, so the one person who had his back is now gone. When that Atlanteans instigate incidents to escalate a war with the surface world, he doesn’t yet know who he is. As he discovers his true history he’s going to have a lot of choices to make. It’s definitely about him finding his own path.”
“A lot of times with Aquaman people just focus on his powers and their opinion of them as being lame — which I don’t believe — and that’s all they think of him,” he says. “Hopefully we’ve made him a person in people’s eyes first. And then the powers and the telepathy with fish and all that can be put in perspective.”
Matt Lanter, former Star-Crossed and 90210 alum, will voice Aquaman and will be joined by many of Justice League: War cast., which includes; Jason O’Mara (Batman), Shemar Moore (Cyborg), Christopher Gorham (the Flash), and Sean Astin (Shazam). Also several Warner Animation vets return including Nathan Fillion (Green Lantern), Rosario Dawson (Wonder Woman) and Jerry O’Connell (Superman).Clone Wars alum and Being Human‘s Sam Witwer will voice Aquaman’s shady brother Orm, the spark behind the war of worlds, and Sumalee Montano, Beware the Batman’s Katana, will play Mera, Aquaman’s future queen.
Character designer Phil Bourassa also returns for Justice League: Throne of Atlantis. DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee’s new comic book was the inspiration for his version of Aquaman.
“He’s got a little bit of a surfer dude quality in that his hair’s a little unruly,” Tucker says, “but he’s got the stature and nobility that people expect from Aquaman.”
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is scheduled for early 2015 on DVD, Blu-ray, digital HD and On Demand