Review by Steve Younis.
In the latest LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes animated movie, “Aquaman: Rage of Atlantis”, we find the Justice League in a battle in which Aquaman is the key in a story that takes place in the air, on land, in the depths of the Seven Seas… and far across the universe.
These LEGO DC Comics animated movies are a lot of fun, and the focus is on action, comedy and adventure. The characterization of some of the heroes are not what you’d expect if you’re a fan coming from the comic books or live-action films. Sadly for Superman fans, the Man of Steel is a bit of a joke in this universe, which seems to always place Batman as the main hero, who has all the answers. In “Rage of Altantis” Superman is further handicapped, with the story mostly taking place deep under water or on a planet with a red sun, both locations in which he is powerless and fairly useless.
This is an Aquaman movie, so most of the Justice League members are forced to take a back seat in order for Arthur to shine… and he takes his time getting to his shining moment. The story is well crafted, and Aquaman being a joke to most people is played well throughout the majority of the story… until his powers and special skills are the only thing that will save the day.
Another character who receives a fair amount of the spotlight is Green Lantern Jessice Cruz, whose inability to perform well under pressure or under the watchful eye of other people is another vital element to the unfolding story.
While Superman isn’t a major force in this film, Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen are heavily involved, reporting on the events for the Daily Planet.
This is a simple story, but not overly childish. Fans of all ages can enjoy these LEGO DC Comics movies, and LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman – Rage of Atlantis is no different. It’s fun and entertaining. I’d give it a 7 out of 10.
The Blu-ray Combo Pack of LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman – Rage of Atlantis I received also came with an exclusive LEGO mini-figurine of Jessica Cruz/Green Lantern.
In LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman – Rage of Atlantis, the King of Atlantis must make some difficult decisions to ensure the future of his ocean realm. Under attack from Atrocitus and the Red Lanterns, Aquaman realizes he must relinquish his sovereignty and go on a journey to regain his confidence before returning to his rightful throne. Along the way, Aquaman reunites with the Justice League – including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and newest member Jessica Cruz/Green Lantern – to conquer Atlantis’ latest enemy and reemerge as the ruler of the Seven Seas.
LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman – Rage of Atlantis voice cast features opposing forces Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad!) and Jonathan Adams (Last Man Standing) as Aquaman and Atrocitus, respectively. The film also stars LEGO DC Super Heroes core Justice League voice cast members Troy Baker (The Last of Us, Batman: Arkham Knight) as Batman, Nolan North (Pretty Little Liars) as Superman, Grey Griffin (DC Super Hero Girls) as Wonder Woman (and Lois Lane), and Khary Payton (Teen Titans Go!, The Walking Dead) as Cyborg.
Several actors reprise their roles from other notable Warner Bros. Animation/DC Entertainment productions. Alyson Stoner (Phineas and Ferb) returns to her Young Justice role as Batgirl/Barbara Gordon; Eric Bauza (The Adventures of Puss in Boots) recreates his role as Jimmy Olsen from LEGO DC Super Heroes: The Flash; Cristina Milizia (Bunsen is a Beast) is back as Green Lantern/Jessica Cruz, as originally heard in DC Super Hero Girls; and Scott Menville (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) reprises his Teen Titans/Teen Titans Go! role as Robin/Damian Wayne.
New to the LEGO DC COMICS Super Heroes films are the voices of Susan Eisenberg (Justice League/Justice League Unlimited) as Mera, Fred Tatasciore (Batman Ninja) as Lobo, and Trevor Devall (Batman and Harley Quinn) as Ocean Master.
LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman – Rage of Atlantis is directed by Matt Peters (LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Gotham City Breakout) from a script by Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham By Gaslight) and Jeremy Adams (LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash). Executive producers are Jason Cosler, Robert Fewkes, Jill Wilfert, Sam Register and Brandon Vietti.