Warner Bros. has revealed the next DCU Animated Original Movie release, Justice: League: Throne of Atlantis, a direct sequel to director Jay Oliva's Justice League: War. The new film is based on Geoff Johns' 2013 New 52 comic arc of the same name and picks up where War left off, with the Atlanteans responding to the actions of the surface world after Darkseid's attack on Earth. An exact street date has yet to be announced for Throne of Atlantis, but a Blu-ray release is expected in late 2014/early 2015.
In Johns' comic crossover, Atlantis -- led by Aquaman's brother Ocean Master -- attacks the East Coast of the United States, flooding major cities including Metropolis, Gotham City and several others. The Justice League comes together to help Aquaman turn back the tide, but soon learn they're woefully overmatched by the Atlantean Army, and must find a way to save the world from total annihilation.The crossover was spread across "Justice League" 14-17 and "Aquaman" 14-16. A DC Comics collected edition is available on Amazon.
An extended sneak peek of Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is set to be included on the Blu-ray release of Batman: Assault on Arkham, which streets on August 12th. Further details will be made available at the San Diego Comic-Con (July 24-27th). Most of War's voice cast is expected to reprise their roles for Throne of Atlantis.
Don't get me wrong — I think these animated films are great — but I'm REALLY sick of the Batman, Batman, Justice League, Batman, Justice League, Superman, Batman, Batman pattern. If Warner wants people to be interested in any of DC's other properties in film, they need to start introducing the characters in other mediums.
Much like how JL: Flashpoint focused on the Flash, this will on Aquaman and from a marketing standpoint, that's the best option for characters like Flash, Aquaman, and the like to get their spotlight in an animated movie. I do wish outside of the JL animated films, they would do other characters and chill on Batman, Superman.
It's understandable last year and this, since it's their individual 75th anniversaries to have product on them. But how cool would it be to get solo Nightwing, Swamp Thing, Shazam, Wonder Woman, and the like as films? We'll see at SDCC for their 2015 plans, which include this title.
I'm all for this. I like the "Justice League" title being used to give us movies with the less marketable members (read: anyone not Bats or Supes) getting the focus. Excited as I am, I really wish they'd take advantage of the opportunity to do more original stories. I've enjoyed a great deal of these films (while a few have been kind of terrible), but adapting so many comic book storylines prevents a certain freshness. They improved Under the Red Hood in its movie incarnation, but Public Enemies suffered. It's kind of a crap shoot how the story will adapt. Why not bang more of these out from fresh ideas? They've done a few of them, but I'd prefer the ratio of original to adaptation be reversed. I'd kind of like to see another Mask of the Phantasm-like instant classic tale. Something new that carves its own place in DC lore.