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iReview | JUSTICE LEAGUE: Throne Of Atlantis (Commemorative Edition)

The original animated DC Universe Movie is rereleased in 4K Ultra HD just in time to coincide with the blockbuster big screen adventure featuring the King of the Seven Seas! 

Soon the legend of Aquaman will be known the world over, when the feature length film starring Jason Momoa reprising his role as Arthur Curry, the water-breathing, tough brawling Aquaman that won all of our hearts in Justice League is internationally released. The action flick is the next in line marking the expansion of the “DC Cinematic Universe” — or is it? After the lukewarm reception the aforementioned JL received (though it made a modest box office dent) the future of the film franchises has appeared to hang in the balance.

Arthur Curry takes his place among the world’s greatest heroes as the Justice League defends the earth to save the seat of Atlantis from falling into the hands of a tyrant.

That hasn’t prevented the continuing growth of the animated films. With Aquaman’s star rising, it appeared a prime opportunity to reissue the DC Universe Movie JUSTICE LEAGUE: Throne of Atlantis Commemorative Edition the feature-length animated feature is an adaptation of the ground-breaking graphic novel of the same name.

When DC radically altered its publishing line-up in 2011 with “The New 52”, Geoff Johns took it upon himself to reboot the origins of Aquaman and elevated him to a more formidable level worthy of the seat of Atlantis, after all three-fourth of the planet are covered in water. If that doesn’t make Arthur Curry perhaps the most powerful person on the planet — then you’re a man of steel. The feature places a despondent Arthur Curry (Matt Lanter) mourning the loss of his father, not understanding these strange super powers he is possessed with, or the secret of his royal blood.

Hidden in the darkest depths of the sea is a magical and fable city! A coup of Atlantis’ queen Atlanna is in the works, lead by Arthur’s treacherous half-brother Orm, the Ocean Master (voiced by Sam Witwer) and his henchman Black Manta. The pair are plotting to bring the full force of Atlantis’ army to the surface world! Unless the assembled might of the Justice League and their new allies Aquaman and Mera can stop them, the oceans will engulf the coastal cities! Will Arthur accept his rightful place as Atlantis’ rightful leader and bridge the two worlds?

Sibling rivalry! Aquaman battles the Ocean Master for control of the power of the Seven Seas themselves.

Leagues Under the Sea

The animated film ambitiously captures the heart of the multi-issue adventure that crossed over issues of the published Justice League and Aquaman comic books, and not only elevated Aquaman’s profile but brought the hero into his proper place among the greatest DC heroes as one of the more powerful among the pantheon. At the conclusion of the film, Arthur takes his place among the peacekeeping force and becomes a member of the Justice League, balancing his duties as a leaguer with ruling Atlantis.

The reissue features the 4K Ultra HD transfer of the film with a more high dynamic range for an incredible picture full of detail and amazing color. It also features a new bonus featurette spotlighting Aquaman: The New King which includes a histrionic look at the character from his first appearance in the Golden Age of comics, up to his current reinterpretation and appearance as portrayed by Momoa on the big screen. 

JUSTICE LEAGUE: Throne of Atlantis Commemorative Edition an animated DC Universe Movie available now on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital (reissue; originally released in 2015 with all-new additionally produced bonus features).

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Trailer | AQUAMAN

The King of the Seven Seas rises to the occasion in the first trailer for the upcoming full-length AQUAMAN starring the break-out Justice Leaguer taking on the denizens of the depths!

Not surprising at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con fans were eagerly rallying to get their first glimpse at the upcoming big screen, big hero features, chief among them Aquaman starring Jason Momoa the undeniable break-out star of Justice League. Momoa’s rebellious “bad ass” version of the iconic DC character branded Arthur Curry among one of that movie’s most formidable forces as he battler-armored parademon invaders and even went toe-to-toe against the resurrected Man of Steel (Henry Cavill).

Aquaman (Momoa) faces his half-brother, the treacherous Ocean Master (Wilson) who is bent on ruling the Seven Seas and sinking the surface world.

When the cast of Justice League first assembled for SDCC the audience immediately became enamored with Momoa’s spirit, an infectious spirit that has appeared to transcended to his own titular adventure which is directed by James Wan and set for release on December 21st, 2018. The film will finally reveal the origins of Arthur Curry, the boy from Atlantis who is raised by his father while his mother, the Queen of Atlantis (Nicole Kidman) balances the forces threatening to usurp her throne, including Arthur’s half-brother Orm (Patrick Wilson) the Ocean Master.

The first trailer was introduced at SDCC and the audience’s reaction was pretty positive. Momoa strikes a very assertive stance as the defender of the Seven Seas, who will have to decide what is his place in the world. Joining him will be his paramour Mera, with Amber Heard reprising the role of the water-wielder first seen in Justice League. Before assuming his mantle, Aquaman will have to face down Orm and his co-conspirator the mercenary Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) as the villainous pair reign the force of the oceans on the surface world.

Check out the trailer to Aquaman here:

Talks to Fish?

Though Aquaman had often been perceived as a punchline among the superhero community, the hero has emerged as a more than capable tier in the DC Comics pantheon largely in thanks to the contribution of creative head Geoff Johns. Johns reimagined the King of the Seven Seas and founding member of the Justice League as a force to be reckoned with and not just a guy who talks to fish. Even Batman (Ben Affleck) has to tread carefully when asking the ocean lord to “put out some fillers”; Arthur makes it clear — “the water does most of the talking.”

Under the direction of James Wan, who will also be brining another force of nature to life with his interpretation of Swamp Thing for the DC Universe subscription service in the fall, Aquaman looks like a man of action, an extraordinary abled man on a search for his truth that leads him to the mythical edges of the ocean’s depths and the realm of Atlantis. The mythological origins of Aquaman’s world are on full display, with raging sees, and armies straddling sharks and other sea creatures.

Aquaman opens in theaters December 21st, 2018.