Aquaman has had his share of bad times (no thanks to you, Superfriends!), but his comeback tour is spreading even further. First there was his re-envisioning at the hands of Geoff Johns in the New 52 (continued by Jeff Parker), now he’s starring in the upcoming DC animated film Justice League: Throne of Atlantis. Earlier this week, we got our first look at the king of Atlantis, now we have the voice to put him with: Matt Lanter, who voiced Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and various characters in Ultimate Spider-Man. With projects like that on his resume, I’m sure Lanter will kill it as the lord of the Seven Seas.
Throne of Atlantis will also add elements not seen in the original comic storyline, most notably Aquaman’s origin. In fact, when the movie starts, according to supervising producer James Tucker, he’s still living on the surface and has no knowledge of his aquatic royalty.
We meet him at a low point in his life. 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.
Since Throne of Atlantis is a sequel to Justice League: War, many of that film’s voice cast will be returning, including Jason O’Mara as Batman, Shemar Moore as Cyborg, Christopher Gorham as The Flash and Sean Astin as Shazam. However, several DC voice veterans will also be jumping on board to take over certain roles, including Jerry O’Connell as Superman, Rosario as Wonder Woman, and what I’m sure is everyone’s favorite, Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan. We unfortunately never got the man as our live-action Green Lantern, but we’re lucky he still likes voicing the character. Other actors in the movie include Sam Witwer as Aquaman’s half-brother Orm (Ocean Master) and Sumalee Montano as Mera, Aquman’s future wife.
DC animated films have always been hit-or-miss for me, but this one looks like it could be all sorts of awesome. Not just because Throne of Atlantis is one of the best Justice League stories, but because Aquaman is slowly getting the spotlight he deserves. This film is another step towards putting him up on the same levels of fame as…well, not Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, but Flash and Green Lantern at least! Animated films, a likely appearance in live-action, all that’s next is an animated series and a solo video game. Oh man, that would be fantastic!
SOURCE: TV Guide