So here we go again, The D.C Animated Universe adds to its roster a new comic book adaptation of the usual heroes, Batman and the crew… So, is “Throne of Atlantis” any good? You’ll find out soon enough…Note that I will review this not in comparison to the comic book it was based on, but rather as an animated movie in itself so as to benefit those who may not have read the comic book, so there you go.
The events of JL: Throne of Atlantis take place after last year’s JL: War (Which was fantastic by the way) Where the battle with Dark Seid brought these individual heroes to a common cause. After their conflict driven call to duty, the heroes consisting of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Cyborg and Shazam are now recognized as a unit of extraordinary people who may be called to action whenever there is a threat to the world.
The story begins under the sea where a submarine is mysteriously attacked by unknown assailants. Therefore, Cyborg is asked to go investigate what may have happened and soon enough, he finds out that the ocean is no place for a 2-ton robot. The rest of the Super Seven are then assembled to figure out the mysterious events in the ocean, thus they discover the possible existence of Atlantis, the mythical city. Enter Aquaman! What better way to introduce him as a drunken dude talking to a seemingly dead lobster. The plot revolves around Aquaman discovering his destiny as an Atlantian and a mischievous scheme from Orm/Ocean Master to attack the human world in retaliation to the millions of sea life lost during the surface war with Dark Seid. Now let’s tear this thing apart!
The first scenes are great. I liked how the story was building up and progressing to an intriguing conflict between the various parties. We were quickly introduced to the situation at hand and the consequences were clear. After that, it suddenly got to a point where it slowed down to one of those “What’s going on?!” moments. Pacing was absolutely an issue after the first 10 minutes, the jump from scene to scene lost its fluidity suddenly. I will give it this though, the action and the fight scenes were great, definitely rewind worthy! Character design, again as was the case in Justice League: War, was different from the traditional look of the heroes that we’re so used to by now, which I totally loved. Superman’s costume looked as badass as in the live-action Man of Steel, pretty much all the characters looked amazing, not forgetting Wonder Woman of course (Eye-candy for the guys? No worries, D.C will take care of you “wink!”)
Now then, Story…The story was engaging enough but unbelievably cliché! We have seen this again and again and god-forbid we’ll keep seeing this kind of set-up in Superhero origin stories in future for a long time to come. Here’s the entire Throne of Atlantis movie in one sentence: Man knows he’s unique, man discovers destiny, man is reluctant to fulfill his destiny, predictable betrayals, bad guy wants to destroy humanity, and they fight! Movie over… Actually there are no twists, surprises or an unexpected turn of events. On the other hand, the motivations behind the villain’s actions were believable and very real, but how he expressed them made him look like more of a whining brat. Clearly D.C was going for a kind of “Loki aura” in Orm, but utterly failed. Also, I’m not so sure about that whole Superman – Wonder woman dating thing…this resulted in an awkward moment in the movie where they were at some diner. Was an interesting part.
On the technical side of things, the Voice acting really felt flat and didn’t leave any memorable performances. Despite that I appreciated the effort from the voice actors in instances such as the hilarious dialogues between The Flash and Green Lantern, or Shazam still speaking in an immature tone, reminding us that he actually is a kid inside despite his Superhero form. Music was good and added to the impact of what was going on on screen, no doubt about that. The art had a decent amount of attention to detail but could have been more refined. Going back to the action, it was very well done as you’d expect from a D.C animation, some scenes had exciting exchanges of blows indeed, unfortunately they all felt too short. But these days they go more violent so expect lots of blood!
To end this review, I’ll say this: Sure there were numerous flaws in this movie, but was it horrible??? Not at all…if anything, it was fun to watch. People will be torn between being disappointed or having enjoyed it. There are numerous approaches they could have taken to make the movie feel balanced, like making Aquaman the main character and a small cameo by the rest of the justice league towards the end. But you know, “marketing”…so Batman and the crew had to be there from the very beginning, despite not contributing to the plot whatsoever. Nonetheless, we have seen much MUCH better from the D.C animated universe, I’m talking Superman: Doomsday, Batman/Superman: Apocalypse, Flashpoint Paradox and the other numerous ones… It was a let down that Throne of Atlantis was so forgettable, but I remain hopeful we’ll get other epic animations to come; it’s D.C after all!
[Cheerz for reading! And always keep in mind: The early bird catches the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese]
MJX 2017 VOLUME 2 | Sign Up for the Cosplay Showcase!
ABOUT THE COSPLAY SHOWCASE! AT MJX NOVEMBER
NOTE: It’s going to be fun! Whether you want to make a new costume, use a previous one, (or borrow) you are encouraged to do what’s best for you, and most importantly, have fun and meet fellow cosplayers.
Why Sign Up? This will help us properly plan the segment not only for you, but for the other cosplayers. Our first Cosplay Showcase! was during our first Cosplay Community Kenya #CosComKE Workshop in February 4th, 2017.
What will happen:
You will get to strut your stuff, show off your costume and props. Each registered participant will have a few moments to tell the audience something brief about their costume and why they picked the character they did… and do a lil’ something-something for the crowd, that’s reminiscent of their character. Easy-peezy, right?
Discounted event ticket price for all registered cosplayers. Secondly, on-location professional photography for all registered Cosplayers. Later, a select number of cosplayers (5 from each day) will be picked for an exclusive special professional cosplay photography shoot in studio the following week. The images from this studio shoot will be edited into composites, looking really cool and ‘wow!’. These images will look like they’ve been taken from the world of movies, anime, comic books that the you got your inspiration from! Visual examples below:
MJX 2017 VOLUME 2 | Justice League, Gaming, Cosplay and More! Come Together
The Movie Jabber Expo, or MJX abbreviated, is a multi-entertainment convention featuring movie screenings, gaming, local and international comic books, merchandise, cosplay, and so much more. MJX is owned and organized by Movie Jabber. This year’s second event is themed around Justice League.
They can’t save the world alone and you can’t have fun alone. It’s convention time, again! Join us on Saturday 18th and Sunday 18th November for this year’s volume two of MJX. A ticket allows you to experience one JUSTICE LEAGUE screening in IMAX 3D, video gaming, access to comic books and more within the exhibition area. And of course a chance to cosplay and enjoy the services of a professional photographer on hand purely for the cosplayers!
MJX EVENT DETAILS
Event: The Movie Jabber Expo aka MJX
November Dates: Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th
Venue: Century IMAX on 1st Floor, at Garden City Mall, Thika Road Highway, Exit 7.
Time:10am – 7pm
One Day Access: 500Kshs. per day
Season Ticket: 800Kshs.
Ticket Pricing ONLY FOR Registered Cosplayers in full Costume:
(Payment at the Gate, in costume before receiving entry tags)
One Day Access: 300Kshs.
Season Ticket: 500Kshs.
What a Ticket Gives you Access To:
Once you have purchased your ticket you will get to experience the below:
1). Justice League IMAX 3D screening (one per day), 3D Glasses sold separately.
2). Gaming in the Gam’R Zone, 1st Floor Parking: get to experience, play and try out different new releases of the year.
3). Audience member for the in-cinema Gam’R Tournament in VIP Screen 2
4). Access to Exhibitor Zone, where you will get to purchase comic books, merch, fan memorabilia etc
5). Be part of the Cosplay Showcase.
6). Be part of or witness the battle of supreme fan knowledge going down in the Squad Showdown segment.
1). JUSTICE LEAGUE SCREENINGS
There will be three MJX screenings of Justice League on each day. Regardless of what ticket bundle you buy, you will be entitled to one screening per day of the film, in IMAX 3D, at no extra cost. Any additional screenings, or screenings outside of the MJX schedule will be at an extra cost. 3D glasses, popcorn and soda sold separately. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult always.
2). COSPLAY SHOWCASE vs CASUAL COSPLAY
Can you cosplay at MJX? Yes you can! There are two ways to cosplay at MJX and both are welcome.
Cosplay Showcase: You can sign-up in advance (SIGN UP HERE) to showcase your cosplay by enjoying a brief moment in the spotlight on the main stage where you can show off your outfit, talk a little bit about your choice of costume and act out a signature stance, movement or action of the character you are cosplaying as. Cosplayers going the extra mile to showcase get to enjoy a discounted ticket price (NOTE: payment at the gate and in full costume) and free professional photography on both days of the event. But only if you register in advance before the deadline, Wednesday Nov 15th, hurry!
Casual Cosplay: is for those who want to cosplay, but be part of the crowd without having to showcase. You are totally welcome to do this, but please take note you will not be given access to free professional photography at the photography booths and you will pay the full ticket price.
3). GAM’R IN-CINEMA TOURNAMENT
Movie Jabber’s premiere gaming tournament held in cinema at this month’s MJX (Movie Jabber Expo). The mathematics of the equation are unbeatable: the excitement of gaming plus the massive cinema screen size for high impact visuals plus Atmos surround sound, equals one heck of an exhilarating experience! Are you game?
18 contestants on each day will battle it out through pool stages for supreme bragging rights and the ultimate gamer’s gift hamper to take home after mercilessly pummeling their opponents in the highly acclaimed INJUSTICE 2 on Saturday and TEKKEN 7 on Sunday. You must pre-register before the deadline to be a contestant. Don’t forget to purchase a ticket to the event at the desk or online here. Free t-shirts for every contestant, courtesy of Britania, and yes, you can sign up for both!
4). SQUAD SHOWDOWN!
Do you take some pride in your vast and accurate knowledge of all things pop culture? From movies, to TV shows, anime and manga? Care to put your money where your mouth is, put together a team and face off in the Squad Showdown segment and walk away with 12,000KSHS. cash bounty? If so, then sign up your team right now by sending the following details to firstname.lastname@example.org:
a. Team Name
b. Team Members (strictly 3. Not less nor more)
c. Team Leader and key contact person’s name and mobile number.
Schedule will be out soon!