The year 2018 may be the watershed moment when Aquaman is truly taken seriously as a legitimate hero in DC Universe by the general public thanks in large part to the upcoming Aquaman solo film starring Jason Momoa. It’s no secret that Warner Bros. has been conducting a tremendous marketing push which was on full display at this year’s SDCC where the first trailer debuted. Between the movie and the toys, you can expect to see a lot more of the King of the Atlantis in the coming months. In fact, this week sees the release of LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman – Rage of Atlantis, the latest in the LEGO/Warner Bros. Animatin/DC Comics collaboration series of direct-to-video animated feature films.
For the cast and crew, the responsibility of doing the character justice was not lost on them. “We were kind of aware Aquaman has a little bit of a reputation and people like to poke fun at the guy who talks to fishes. There’s actually been a lot of stories I think where people have tackled that and try to make Aquaman cool. To us, he was always cool,” said producer Brandon Vietti. Likewise, director Matt Peters echoed Vietti’s sentiments citing the the 70’s Superfriends cartoon in addition to the work by comic creators Ramona Fradon and Nick Cardy as influences on this LEGO interpretation on the character. Unlike the previous LEGO DC Super Heroes films, there was some synergy and conscious coordination with Warner Bros. live action action film plans, with Rage of Atlantis serving as a potential primer for young viewers. Marveling at the enormous reach of the DC Universe in the last few years through different media, Vietti admires the opportunity to push these characters out to new audiences.
Troy Baker, who reprises the voice of Batman and recently became a father, sees these superheroes, in any iteration, as more than just mindless entertainment. “These are our modern day gods. These are our modern day myths and legends that we pass on. A friend of mine calls it a ‘generational trust’ that we have to impart onto the next generation and tell them that the reason that these characters exist is because they reflect the best part of humanity.” When his son is old enough, Baker plans to pass on his own love of these iconic characters to his own progeny.
It goes to show you how sophisticated children’s entertainment can be, perhaps more than some people are willing to admit. I think we’ll be seeing Aquman get the respect he’s owed. Producer Brandon Vietti said it best, “This is the story I think for any of the doubters out there prove why Aquaman has a position on the Justice League.
Aquaman must battle foes in the air, on land and in the depths of the Seven Seas, along with some help from The Justice League, to save the day in his latest animated adventure, “LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman – Rage of Atlantis.” Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and the LEGO Group, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on July 31, 2018 on Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP), DVD ($19.98 SRP) and Digital ($19.99 SRP). Order due date is June 26, 2018.
The Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD releases of “LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman -Rage of Atlantis” feature an exclusive LEGO mini-figurine of Jessica Cruz/Green Lantern (while supplies last).
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.
“‘LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman – Rage of Atlantis’ is an adventure for fans of all ages, and the perfect animated complement to Warner Bros./DC Entertainment’s upcoming ‘Aquaman’ theatrical release this coming holiday season,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is proud to once again bring our LEGO DC Super Heroes to life in a fun, funny film that our fans will want to watch again and again.”