DC Animation’s creative team discuss what we can expect from Aquaman’s first featured film, Throne of Atlantis. “We meet him at a low point in his life,” says supervising producer James Tucker, who created one of the most beloved versions of the character, the jovial warrior on Batman: The Brave and the Bold. “He’s a little bit lost. His father has died and he’s always been an outsider, so the one person who had his back is now gone. When that Atlanteans instigate incidents to escalate a war with the surface world, he doesn’t yet know who he is. As he discovers his true history he’s going to have a lot of choices to make. It’s definitely about him finding his own path.”
A lot of times with Aquaman people just focus on his powers and their opinion of them as being lame — which I don’t believe — and that’s all they think of him,” he says. “Hopefully we’ve made him a person in people’s eyes first. And then the powers and the telepathy with fish and all that can be put in perspective.”
The film, a continuation of the story begun in last winter’s Justice League: War, brings back much of the cast, including Jason O’Mara (Batman), Shemar Moore (Cyborg), Christopher Gorham (the Flash), Sean Astin (Shazam). Several Warner Animation vets return to play in the DC sandbox, including Nathan Fillion (Green Lantern), Rosario Dawson (Wonder Woman) and Jerry O’Connell (Superman). Being Human‘s Sam Witwer, another Clone Wars alum, stars as Aquaman’s devious brother Orm, who is behind the move towards war, while Sumalee Montano, who played Katana in Beware the Batman, plays the fiery badass Mera, Aquaman’s future queen.
Also back for this movie is character designer Phil Bourassa, whose version of Aquaman was inspired by the new comic book look created by DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee. “He’s got a little bit of a surfer dude quality in that his hair’s a little unruly,” Tucker says, “but he’s got the stature and nobility that people expect from Aquaman.”