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Justice League: Throne Of Atlantis (2015/DC Comics/Warner Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B-/C+ Sound: B/B- Extras: D Film: B-

My father has stated in the past that his favorite superhero was Aquaman. While I grew up idolizing and dressing up as Batman, my father loved Aquaman...

I was at a loss. 'What?! You like that orange and green fish guy?! Lame...'

To each their own; and whereas Aquaman had a fishy past (pun intended); there is no telling what revisiting the character could lead to in the future. Here in 2015, both kids and adults alike worship Robert Downey Jr's portrayal and reinventing of Iron Man; something that no one would have expected.

Sad to say, however, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is not Aquaman's breakthrough performance here on Blu-ray; and whereas the Justice League part is awesome, the Aquaman man part... not so much.

Aquaman was noticeably absent from last year's Justice League: War and since (traditionally) Aquaman was a founding member, this was odd. With the coming of Justice League: Throne of Atlantis audiences are delivered a new origin tale for our underwater hero Aquaman (voiced by Matt Lanter). It is a tale that explores the dynamics of The Justice League while giving us a taste of what is to come with Aquaman. It is Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern who are the shining stars here (again). The inner workings of the Justice League and those relationships are what make this film sustainable; Aquaman seems to be an afterthought or subplot of that.

The technical features here on the Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Blu-ray are similar to other recent releases from the DC direct to home video line. The picture is presented in a 1080p, AVC Encoded MPEG-4, 1.78 X 1 that has an adequate image quality; but also has an inconsistent image that appears soft/hazy, as the creators added some 'underwater' filter to give it a washed appearance. Overall, this was a bad choice. The sound is somewhat better in its 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track; like previous releases presenting a crisp, clean dialogue and solid use of the surrounds for both panning effects and ambient noises. This may even be somewhat of an upgrade from Justice League: War.

The DVD is a downgrade in quality of the Blu-ray release.

Extras include:

  • Digital Copy

  • Previews

    • Batman vs. Robin

  • Trailers

  • From the DC Comic Vaults

    • 4 Episodes from Batman Brave and the Bold and Justice League Unlimited that are Aquaman-centric

  • Villains of the Deep Featurette

    • A deeper look into the two main villains

- Michael P. Dougherty II


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