Last year we learned one of the DC-related projects in development for HBO Max was a three-part cartoon focused on Aquaman. Nothing was revealed beyond that but we figured we would get an epic, trident-clashing undersea battle for power, possibly taking inspiration from the movie or from one of the better comic book arcs. Turns out what we’re getting is…well…
The whole thing’s a goofy comedy with purposely grotesque art! Arthur has this annoying seahorse-shaped throne he can’t fit on! His subjects are all blobby, blank-staring fish people that look like background characters in an Adventure Time scene! It’s a noodle-armed, bean-mouthed extravaganza!
If you’re about to compare Aquaman: King of Atlantis to Thundercats Roar, you’re judging this without seeing it, but you’re also sort of right: Victor Courtright, who worked on Roar, is also responsible for the look of this one. Marly Halpern-Graser, who made the DTV movie Batman Vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is also involved. But the executive producer is James Wan himself, who directed the Aquaman movie, so there IS some quality control going on.
No, that’s not Jason Momoa as Aquaman (why would you think that anyway), it’s Cooper Andrews (The Walking Dead) playing him. Gillian Jacobs (Community, Netflix’s LOVE) voices Mera. Thomas Lennon is playing Vulko, and Dana Snyder (best known as Master Shake from Aqua Teen Hunger Force) is Ocean Master.
Is this meant for kids? We don’t know. Just because no one swears or makes a sex joke inÂ the trailer doesn’t mean it isn’t aimed at a broader audience. If you’re apprehensive, well, so are we, but we won’t judge Aquaman: King of Atlantis until we can see it for ourselves. That’ll happen in one month…the first chapter in the three-part trilogy will be released October 14. No word on whether the other two will appear the same day or later.