Justice League: Throne of Atlantis

What a good movie. I totally did a google search of the movie online and found a link, then watched it all. Loved it, and I’m not even a huge Aquaman fan.

Yea, it was predictable and what not, but I really enjoyed it.

Spoilers ahead.

So the movie starts out in a  submarine where the crew picks up incoming human-like threats approaching. The sub is attacked, leaving the entire crew dead.

When Cyborg is given news, he decides to check it himself. When he arrives, he discovers hand prints on the hull, and that the missiles are missing. He is then attacked by the same ones that attacked the sub, and suffers damage through his escape. Back at their HQ, Cyborg calls the rest of the Justice League, and only Flash and Shazam arrive. They all split up to get the others. With the entire team together, they check the raised sub and Cyborg’s assault and realize the enemy isn’t related to Darkseid, but warriors from Earth’s origin.

Thanks to Diana’s knowledge, she reveals these warriors are from Atlantis. Superman and Batman decide to meet Atlantis-expert Dr. Shin for answers, while the others are tasked in finding Atlantis.

In another area, Arthur Curry, drunk over the death of his father, picks a fight with a group of tough guys over them wanting to eat the lobster Arthur was talking to. He defeats them, but is watched by Mera and Dr. Shin.

Mera returns to Atlantis to give the queen a report. Orm (the Prince of Atlantis) and Black Manta meet with the Orm’s mother, Queen Atlanna. They argue over declaring war on the surface world because of the damage during the events of Darkseid’s attack, but the queen refuses. Orm leaves angry, and Atlanna asks Mera to bring Arthur, her other son, to Atlantis.

Orm, upset with his mothers talk of peace with the surface, begins his plans to become king. He sends soldiers to attack Arthur and Black Manta uses a fake submarine to attack Atlantis using the same stolen missiles, framing the surface for the attack. The attack on Atlantis leads the citizens to demand for war, but Queen Atlanna decides that they might need to reveal themselves after centuries of being hidden, and decides to contact the Justice League.

Arthur answers the door to Dr. Shin, who tries to tell him that his father contacted him before his death. Moments later, he is killed by the  Atlantean soldiers. Arthur is overwhelmed by the attack, but is saved by Mera.

While at Dr. Shin’s home, Batman and Superman discover that his work is destroyed. Superman recreates a photograph of Arthur Curry and a letter from his father revealing that his son is half-Atlantean; Batman decides they must find him.

Arthur wakes up underwater next to Mera, who reveals the situation: Atlanna met Arthur’s father and gave birth to him, but because she was royalty, she couldn’t stay with him or his father. Now, Atlanna believes Arthur can help Atlantis be the bridge between the two worlds.

Mera shows him ancient ruins, where she dresses him with his royal garb. Arthur can’t take the news and heads to surface, with Mera following him. They are attacked by the Trench, with Arthur becoming injured and bleeding for the first time in his life. The Justice League arrive to help defeat the Trench, and they all, except for Batman, Flash, and Shazam, head for Atlantis.

Orm hears from Manta that the Trench failed to kill Arthur. When the Queen returns, Orm argues with her because he wants to start a war. He reveals his knowledge of Arthur Curry and Queen Atlanna reveals to him that she knows he attacked Atlantis. Hearing this, Manta and Orm murder Atlanna and take over.

Arthur, Mera, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and Cyborg arrive at Atlantis and learn of Atlanna’s death. They confront Orm, but are defeated but him and the Trident. The group is sent to be consumed by the monstrous Dark Trench, while Orm leads Atlantis’ army to the surface. Arthur is able to break from the case, remembering Orm saying only royalty can control the Trident. With Superman’s help, they save the rest of the heroes and defeat the monster.

In Metropolis, a tidal wave reaches the shores, soon revealing Orms. They attack, with the military fighting, back but are powerless until the League arrive. Arthur fights Black Manta, who reveals his plan to manipulated Orm and take over Atlantis himself. As he explains this, Arthur calls a great white shark to grab and eat him. Mera fights Orm, but is taken down. The League come in, but one by one are defeated. Arthur becomes the last to face Orm, and has an upper hand during the fight until the end.

Batman saves Cyborg, and reveals that he got video of Orm confessing to killing his mother. Cyborg broadcasts Orm’s confession all over Metropolis for Atlantis’ soldiers to see. Arthur takes the upper hand and defeats Orm. He then takes the Trident and asks the soldiers if they will follow him. They agree, lay down their weapons, and bow.

Later in Atlantis, Arthur is crowned as king, with the Justice League among the audience celebrating. Batman suggests that with new threats appearing, they need to solidify the team, and Cyborg reveals plans for a watchtower. Arthur joins as Aquaman, and soon heads with now love interest Mera against the Trench outside Atlantis.

I really liked this movie a lot, but I do think that Justice League: War was better. One thing that this movie really had going for it; the women kicked so much booty! I really feel like they did more butt kicking then the males in the show. Now I don’t lose my mind if there are no strong women in movies, but I do think it’s so awesome the way women heroes were done here.

In Justice League: War, it was Wonder Woman who held off Darkseid longer than Superman did. Here, Superman tried to take the Trident from Orm, but was shocked, blasted away and knocked out. When she tried to control it, she was able to hold on to it for a long time while it shocked her, and was even able to get a punch in there at Orm. When that happened I was just like HOLY SHIT!

Then there was Mera, who destroyed countless soldiers, and saved Arthur numerous amount of times.

By far, these are my favorite versions of them. I also enjoy how the costumes were a bit more modest and practical. I’m not against the usually skimpy outfits, but I think that these make it more about them, their powers, and their abilities as warriors rather than their hot bodies.

Even the queen, who was very powerful, still was decently dressed.

My only problem with her; this part where she went to visit her son when he was still a child.

I don’t care so much about the thong, but those boobs look terrible. It’s like two tennis balls taped to her chest. Everybody elses boobs looked great, why’d she get the botched job? I understand she’s under water, but come on!

Anyway, enough about that.

It’s also nice that they put in Superman and Wonder Woman’s relationship, but isn’t it a bit early? I know in the New 52 they hook up, but isn’t that a later? I’m probably wrong, but either way I really enjoy their relationship. It is kind of sad because you grow up with the Justice League cartoon on tv where Wonder Woman and Batman flirt, now it’s Wonder Woman and Superman that are together. Eh, whatever.

When the tidal wave was coming and Shazam says “how are we going to evacuate the city,” I loved that Batman was just like “we can’t, people are going to die.” Normally you’ll have the hero saying ‘we have to try’ or something like that, but not here. I like that it’s going for a sort of realism. I do think that this one was much more violent than Justice League: War, but that might me because they were fighting actual people, not monsters from Apokolips. There was so much blood and killing, it sort of reminded me of Flashpoint Paradox.

I need to buy this movie once it’s release. It was really awesome!

One last thing….how is it that Superman and Wonder Woman and be at the bottom of the ocean, and not need a mask or anything. I knew Superman was able to fly in space, I didn’t know he was fine under water as well. Wonder Woman I didn’t know either applied…

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