Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
Composed By: Frederik Wiedmann
Distributed by: WaterTower Muisc
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Loosely based on The New 52 Throne of Atlantis comic book story arc, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is a straight to video animated movie starring the voice of Matt Lanter as Aquaman. In the movie, Arthur Curry learns of his Atlantean heritage and his destiny to become Aquaman, King of Atlantis, and none too soon. His half-brother, Ocean Master (Sam Witwer), has devised a plan to conquer the surface world, beginning with the coastal cities of Gotham and Metropolis. Together with the Justice League, Aquaman fights his brother and his army in an effort to broker a peace between the inhabitants of both worlds, above and below the ocean.
The musical score of Justice League: Throne of Atlantis was created by German composer Frederik Wiedmann. Dreaming of becoming a film composer since he was a child, Wiedmann moved to Los Angeles in 2004 to pursue his chosen career. His first feature film score was created for Return to House on Haunted Hill in 2007. Since then, he has created a number of compositions for film, including the scores of Company of Heroes, Hostel: Part III, The Damned, The Hills Run Red, Jarhead II and Field of Lost Shoes. In addition to his feature film credits, Wiedmann has a number of animated television score credits as well. He is no stranger to the DC Comics universe, having created musical score for Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Beware the Batman, Son of Batman and Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox.
Music for animated films has changed over the years. Sure, you still hear the lighthearted, cartoony fare every so often, but most animated scores sound like they were made for epic films rather than an animated movie. Such is the case with Justice League: Throne of Atlantis. There is a great deal of drama and action featured in this film. The action sequences feature fast-paced strings and drum beats accompanied by a dramatic choir piece. The more dramatic sequences are a bit slower in pace, featuring mainly strings. Lighter moments add woodwinds to the strings.
There are quite a few interesting tracks worth mentioning. Athens Affair and The Dark Trenches both feature a Greek (hinting of Wonder Woman) flavor with ethnic strings performed by Jimmy Mahlis. The Dark Trenches has a more militaristic sound - mixed in with those ethnic strings are militaristic drum beats. Royal Murder and Reunited have distinctive sounds featuring morose music and ringing bells. Metropolis features a hard, metallic sound, perhaps reflecting the cold look of the city to someone of the ocean, or maybe the war being brought to the city of Metropolis by Ocean Master.
The Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Soundtrack is an interesting listen for any music enthusiast, but most importantly for fans of the Justice League series of movies. This is an excellent score by Frederik Wiedmann, one that is sure to inspire many to watch the film.