Wednesday, July 16, 2014


We have our new King of the Seven Seas.

TV Guide has revealed the full cast for Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, the upcoming animated home video release based on "Throne of Atlantis," the six-issue storyline by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis and Paul Pelletier from 2012 that ran in Justice League (vol.2) #15-17 and Aquaman (vol.7) #14-16.  This release will cover the origin of Aquaman and will be the second animated DC Comics movie set in the current "The New 52" continuity, set after the events of Justice League: War.

According to the article, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis will adapt the story and feature "the undersea nation of Atlantis against the surface world.  Unlike the comic, the movie will focus on how young Arthur Curry discovers his aquatic heritage.  Raised by his human father, when the movie begins he doesn't know that he is the heir to the throne of the watery kingdom."

"We meet him at a low point in his life," said supervising producer James Tucker, who previously worked on the animated series 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."

Tucker also acknowledge the snark and skepticism from the general public about Aquaman as a character.  "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 remarked.  "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."

The role of Aquaman goes to Matt Lanter, who appeared on 90210 and Star-Crossed and also voiced Anakin Skywalker on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Returning from Justice League: War are Jason O'Mara as Batman, Shemar Moore as Cyborg, Christopher Gorham as The Flash and Sean Astin as Shazam.  Meanwhile, Nathan Fillion now reprises his role of Green Lantern, with Rosario Dawson as Wonder Woman and Jerry O'Connell as Superman.

In addition, Being Human (US) and Smallville vet Sam Witwer will play Aquaman's brother Orm, better known as the Ocean Master, and Sumalee Montano (who played Katana on Beware the Batman) will be Mera, Aquaman's significant other and the future queen of Atlantis.

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis will arrive on Blu-Ray, DVD and On Demand sometime later this year.

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