Aquaman, fairly or unfairly, has long been a punchline among comic book fans, being derided for his seemingly useless aquatic-based powers, particularly when stacked up against powerhouses like Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern. DC Comics’ has taken strides over the years to make less of a butt of endless Robot Chicken jokes and more of a force to be reckoned with, from Peter David’s bearded-and-hooked Aquaman to writer Geoff Johns’ New 52 take on the character. With Jason Momoa confirmed as playing the King of the Seas in 2016’s Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, DC seems to be making a big push to make Aquaman the A-lister he was always meant to be. A piece of that push looks to be the newest DCU Animated feature, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, focusing on the half-Atlantean, half-human superhero, as seen in the newest trailer for the film.
The exclusive trailer posted over at Newsarama suggests that DC has big plans to push Aquaman to the limelight where he belongs. When DC Animated chose to start making films based on the New 52 line of DC comic books, producers made the choice to cast Shazam instead of Aquaman as a founding member of the Justice League. While fans of the sea king might have felt this was an arbitrary choice at the time, it seems the DC Entertainment had big plans in the works to give Aquaman his due.
The blurb of the film spills this morsel of info:
As Orm and Black Manta make their move against the surface world after the battle with Apokolips forces in Justice League War had deadly consequences for Atlantis, the queen of the lost underwater civilization searches for her other son, Orm’s half brother Arthur. Living on the surface world with powers he doesn’t understand, Arthur Curry steps into his destiny as Aquaman, teaming with the Justice League to save and unite all people of the world.
The description suggests that Aquaman’s origins will deviate in part from his traditional backstory, as, an adult, he won’t know his lineage at the beginning of the film, nor will he already be engaging in superheroic derring-do. Aquaman has had many, many, many revamps and revisions to his origin story over the years and it’ll be interesting what slant this film will take in addressing his beginnings.
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, starring the voice talents of Nathan Fillion, Jerry O’Connell, Sean Astin, and Matt Lanter as Aquaman, will hit stores, iTunes, and VOD during the spring of 2015.