Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Release Date July 30, 2013 

1 hr 15 min
PG-13 - For Sci-Fi violence and action throughout.

While all the hype has been about a Justice League movie in 2017, DC Comics have another Justice League movie out July 30th in Justice League The Flashpoint Paradox.  Make no mistake though, this animation is mostly focused on the Flash which follows the limited series Flashpoint that came out in 2011 by Writer Geoff Johns.

The premise of the movie is that one day Barry Allen, aka the Flash awakens to find the world he has known has changed drastically.  He no longer has his powers, his family member never died at the hands of Professor Zoom, aka the Reverse Flash, as well many of his allies are not what he remembered them to be.  For example, Batman is not Bruce Wayne, Superman doesn't exist, Hal Jordan never became Green Lantern and more importantly Aquaman with Atlantis is at war with Wonder Woman and the Amazons.  The movie as with the limited series is well written and poses many interesting takes on the heroes we've known for a long time.  Most of the characters stay true to their pre-Flashpoint counterparts.

For the comic book limited series, the effect on the DC Universe was for the most part negligible as it only sought to bring the DC Universe, Vertigo and Wildstorm into the same continuity.  Of course this was moot, as DC relaunched everything with the new 52.  But the story by itself as a movie is amazing.  My biggest gripe though would have to be the animation itself.  Specifically the character designs of faces.  It baffles me how they can try to mesh styles as they do with a very Anime influence apparent.  You have characters like Barry drawn like a regular "cartoon", while Wonder Woman gets the cute Anime face while Aquaman looks like a brute.  Aquaman is not the only one that gets the brute treatment, as it seems to superimpose faces on any burly characters which you can just swap out the hair and get the same character.

Just a note, the film definitely has a very dark tone, compared to say the Justice League Unlimited cartoons.  I would not suggest watching it with young kids given the numerous extremely violent scenes.

Overall, I would still recommend this animation.  It's a long wait til the live action Flash (2016) film and Justice League (2017).  The ending for Flashpoint Paradox is especially touching.  Be sure to watch after the end credits for a prelude to the next Justice League animated film.  If you enjoy the animation, I strongly recommend you read the comic book and its 16+ crossover limited series that explores the rich universe created by the Flashpoint.  They're all available in trade paperback format.  If you're interested in purchasing the film, Amazon has a great deal on the Blu Ray currently for $13.99 (reg price. $24.98) here which is loaded with extras.

Rating: 3.0 Stars out of 5.0 Stars



  • Justin Chambers as Barry Allen / The Flash
  • Kevin McKidd as Thomas Wayne / Batman
  • Michael B. Jordan as Victor Stone / Cyborg
  • C. Thomas Howell as Eobard Thawne / Professor Zoom
  • Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan / Green Lantern
  • Ron Perlman as Slade Wilson / Deathstroke
  • Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne / Batman
  • Dana Delany as Lois Lane
  • Cary Elwes as Aquaman
  • Vanessa Marshall as Wonder Woman
  • Danny Huston as General Sam Lane
  • Sam Daly as Superman
  • Steve Blum as Lex Luthor
  • Dee Bradley Baker as Etrigan
  • Grey DeLisle as Nora Allen
  • Jennifer Hale as Iris Allen
  • Hynden Walch as Yo-Yo

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