TV Review: Aquaman: King of Atlantis (HBO Max)

The adventures of Aquaman continue from the big screen to the small screen! Taking place right after the events of the Aquaman movie (Seriously. I mean right after. Like the […]

The adventures of Aquaman continue from the big screen to the small screen!

Taking place right after the events of the Aquaman movie (Seriously. I mean right after. Like the next day. No joking.) Aquaman (Cooper Andrews – The Walking Dead) has taken the throne from his brother Ocean Master (Dana Snyder – Aqua Teen Hunger Force). It’s literally Aquaman’s first day on the job as king of Atlantis and so far the citizens don’t seem that impressed.  But with royal advisor Vulko (Thomas Lennon – Reno 911) and warrior-princess Mera (Gillian Jacobs – Community) by his side, he might just change their minds!

Aquaman: King of Atlantis is produced by James Wan, who directed the Aquaman film, and it really does seem to take place after the film. Wan is mainly known for his horror films, so for him to produce this fun and silly show was really a nice change of pace for him. 

The show was created by Victor Courtright and Marly Halpern-Graser, who also created ThunderCats Roar. Their animation style is seriously different from what I’m used to, but I got into it right away. It’s also interesting the color pallet they chose for this show. Aquaman is mainly greens and yellows. It’s different but works for this show. Plus overall they don’t make Aquaman a joke. The personality is really close to the film. Very angry. If you ever read the Peter David comic run on Aquaman, then you’d really appreciate this version.

The voice cast is phenomenal here. I’ve seen Andrews in many different shows and movies, but I swear he’s really channeling his inner Jason Mamoa. You can hear it every time he speaks. Very serious. And by contrast, you have Jacobs as Mera, who comes across as someone who is always looking for some action. When the two of them are in scenes together, they play off each other extremely well. 

As always Lennon just knocks it out of the park. I’ve been a fan of Lennon since the State. He does a great job playing the man behind the man. Then there’s Snyder who’s just great at whoever he’s voicing over. 

The show is kind of quirky but it’s also fun and action-packed. It’s nice pacing. 

This series is a trilogy, so you only get three episodes. Personally, it felt me wanting more. 

This is a show that doesn’t take itself too seriously and that just makes it a fun adventure. 

Aquaman: King of Atlantis premieres weekly starting October 14 on HBO Max for 3 weeks and then will be on Cartoon Network as part of the ACME Night block

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About Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

An avid comic collector/reader for over 40 years and self-proclaimed professor of comicology, Brian original started up the site Pendragon's Post to share his voice. Well that voice has been shared, and evolved into The Fanboy Factor. Brian is an advocate for remembering comic roots, and that we don't forget what was created in the past, and encourage everyone to read it as well. When not swimming in geek culture, he can be seen corrupting..introducing his young son to comics, much to his wife's chagrin.