Review: Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013)

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In the latest DC animated movie, The Flash wakes up to find that the world around him has changed. Superman is nowhere to be found, Batman is darker and more violent, and there’s a war raging between Wonder Woman’s Amazons and Aquaman’s Atlanteans. Most of all, he has no powers.

Barry Allen (The Flash’s alter ego) sets out to uncover what happened to the world he once knew. He locates Batman, but this Batman is different. He doesn’t sound the same, he uses guns, and he’s willing to kill. Allen explains the situation to Batman who doesn’t believe him at first but ultimately decides to help him try to fix the past.

I’ve been a fan of all the DC animated films but this one has to be one of the best. I’ve always been a little disappointed that we haven’t gotten a stand-alone Flash movie. We’ve seen both a Green Lantern film and a Wonder Woman film, but no love for The Flash. Fortunately, this film satisfies that craving. I actually listened to a little bit of the commentary and the director, Jay Oliva, stated that he essentially wanted to create a template for any future live-action Flash film. I think that’s a great idea. If Warner Bros. ever decides to greenlight a Flash movie, the director/screenwriter should add this film to their homework.

I don’t want to say much more about the plot; I think it’s best if a viewer goes in as fresh as possible. In fact, I’d say don’t read the back of the dvd cover. It gives away a little too much. I will say that it starts with a great action scene involving the Justice League as we know it, and the rest of the film does not lack in the action department. It’s a great story, based on the Flashpoint series by Geoff Johns.

The voice acting is all very well done. Justin Chambers voices The Flash, with C. Thomas Howell as Eobard Thawne also known as Professor Zoom or Reverse-Flash. Kevin McKidd plays the darker Flashpoint Batman. Kevin Conroy plays the “real-world” Batman. Sam Daly plays Superman. He’s the son of actor Tim Daly who voiced Superman on the Superman: Animated Series as well as a few of the DC animated films. Nathan Fillion plays the Green Lantern, Vanessa Marshall is Wonder Woman, Cary Elwes is Aquaman and Michael B. Jordan is Cyborg. You may have heard Jordan’s name recently as he’s getting some critical notice for the film Fruitvale Station recently.

I’m not a huge fan of the anime style animation, but it didn’t hinder my enjoyment either. If you’re a comic book/superhero fan, this film is a must-watch.

I give it an A.

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