Sneak Peek Released For “Aquaman: King of Atlantis” Chapter 1

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Aquaman: King of Atlantis (Image: Warner Bros. Animation/HBO Max/PR)

WarnerMedia Kids & Family have released a 4-minutes long sneak peek for the upcoming animated mini-series event Aquaman: King of Atlantis. The animated show will debut on HBO Max come October 14, 2021.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, the debut episode of Aquaman: King of Atlantis is titled ‘Chapter One: Dead Sea’. The upcoming show features “a playful reimagining” of Aquaman. The narrative will follow Aquaman, warrior-princess Mera, Atlantis’ royal advisor Vulko, and a bunch of other characters on “epic underwater excursions filled with colorful animations, monstrous creatures and thrilling battles.”

With the debut episode being available for fans to stream on HBO Max come October 14, 2021, ‘Chapter Two: Primordeus’ will premiere on Thursday, October 21, with ‘Chapter Three: Tidal Shift’ being released on Thursday, October 28, 2021.

The cast includes Cooper Andrews (The Walking Dead) as Aquaman, Gillian Jacobs (Community) as Mera, Thomas Lennon (Reno 911) as Vulko, and Dana Snyder (Jellystone!) as Ocean Master.

According to the synopsis for ‘Chapter One: Dead Sea’, the episode will show Aquaman on his first day as King of Atlantis. Vulko’s ready to get the king started on completing a variety of tasks. The first mission is to investigate a distant outpost that no one’s been able to hear from in years. Arthur goes on the mission with Mera, rescuing displaced citizens in the process and hopefully showing the underwater kingdom he’s a good king. Of course, Ocean Master, Arthur’s half-brother, is all about wanting to overthrow Aquaman and becoming king.

Here’s the 4-minutes long sneak peek!

The footage above shows Arthur finding it a bit difficult to sit on the seahorse-shaped throne for the first time. And while Vulko and Mera are adored by the crowd, the inhabitants of Atlantis aren’t too keen on an outsider being their king. In a sense, I can kind of understand the crowd’s hesitation. Ocean Master also makes an appearance to challenge Arthur to a rematch. Turns out, the rules in Atlantis are quite different than what Arthur had expected.

Victor Courtright (ThunderCats Roar!) and Marly Halpern-Graser (Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) serve as showrunners and co-executive producers of this animated series. It has been executive produced by James Wan (Aquaman, Malignant), Atomic Monster’s Michael Clear (Annabelle Comes Home) and Rob Hackett (Swamp Thing), and Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!).

While the animation style and jokes might not be for everyone, I do feel Aquaman: King of Atlantis has the potential to attract certain young viewers. However, having said that, I’m a bit unsure about how large the audience will be. Courtright’s ThunderCats Roar! offered a similar comedic take and debuted back in February of 2020. And while I was okay with the storytelling skewing way too young, the series couldn’t garner a big enough audience and was canceled after just one season consisting of 52 episodes, with each being approximately 11-minutes long.

In contrast, Teen Titans Go! is still going strong, with the popular kid-centric animated series currently airing its seventh season. As of yet, the show has aired more than 300 episodes. There’s also a spin-off in the works.

So, yeah, I’m excited to see what kind of audience reaction Aquaman: King of Atlantis ends up getting when the first episode becomes available this week.

Perhaps HBO Max will decide to order another batch of episodes or opt for more mini-series, in the same animation style, starring other characters from DC Comics? Let’s see.

(via press release)

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.


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