'Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox' Review By Bawnian©-Dexeus

Accept the things you cannot change, have the courage to change the things you can and have the wisdom to know the difference.
  • OVERALL
    4.5
    SUPERB
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Visuals
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox is a 2013 animated superhero movie.

Directed by: Jay Oliva

Featuring the voices of:

Justin Chambers as Barry Allen / 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 Kal-El

In 2011, a crossover comic book series was created by Geoff Johns to serve as a catalyst that rebooted DC Comic's entire line of heroes. All current/canon stories were to be stopped and reverted to #1 issues. This brought in new creative teams, new costume designs and new shifts in titles; The New 52 was born. 52 comics, 52 stories, 52 heroes. It is coming close to 3 years since the reboot. Some stories did go back to square one and others remained the same while still referencing the others. DC, Vertigo and Wildstorm merged their characters. Timelines in comic book lore can be tricky at times, but we new readers have the benefit of being friends with other readers whom hold our hands every step of the way.

Barry has always wanted to find a way to correct the events that took his mother away from him, and without him being aware of his success in doing so, the timeline he knew changed completely. We open with Barry Alan. He is the fastest man alive; The Flash. He is the second character to carry the name. Connected to the speed force, he can tap into unlimited power to run so fast he can time travel. This is what ignites the Flashpoint Paradox. Though I've long to read the pages of this acclaimed story arc, the movie opens with a young Barry and his mother. Flashpoint Paradox not only gives us a story worthy of being a Crisis event, but a quick origin into Barry's life, given that the main characters in the DC Universe have already gotten their separate animated movies, so naturally, Flash would soon get his. He wakes up one day without his powers and his mother is alive. Thomas Wayne is the Batman of this new timeline where he fights crime and runs casinos under his last name in Gotham City. Superman was never discovered by the Kents and all of Europe is destroyed from a war between Wonder Woman and Aquaman.

Aside from Flash, there are no heroes, just individuals on par with that of Gods. Flashpoint Paradox has to be the darkest entry in the DC Animated Universe. You have Aquaman and Wonder Woman who at their very core, we know are capable of truly embracing the warriors within them, and trust me, they do. It almost feels uncomfortable to seeing your favorite heroes acting differently that they were written and it opens the doors to endless possibilities.The creative team doesn't hold back by showcasing the dark tone of this story arc. Characters get axed in ways you've never thought possible which does come with the territory. I'll always enjoy this brand simply for it's maturity and it shows when we are able to witness what sparked the war between Aquaman and Wonder Woman.

We do have the bonus of past voice actors making a short but awesome cameo. Kevin Conroy voicing the character that he should voice until his final days, Dana Delany plays Lois Lane throughout the whole movie, Ron Perlman's Deathstroke takes me back to the Teen Titans series and Nathan Fillion, the ever popular voice actor for Hal Jordan. Justin Chambers voices a convincing Barry Alan and I'll be able to put a voice to the character when I purchase his comics.

I've always identified Flash with Wally West, given that I grew up with that character through the whole Justice League series and his first appearance in Superman: The Animated Series. However, I've come to love Barry Allen. A cop/forensic specialist with super speed? That is a pretty cool combination. He's also one of those characters that can get away with a handful of villains in the same movie as we see in this one where he battle Mirror Master, Captain Boomerang and Captain Cold.

The animation is beyond words. There is a scene where Batman fights an alternate version of Harley Quinn around Gotham and the blow to blow exchange can force a viewer to scream in excitement. Sure, some of the male characters have this weird looking design with their faces that make them look like Bulldogs, but hey, they are drawn tough and built like Gods to match their strength. With all the tie-ins, this is 47 issue story arc and for a movie that is an hour and 20 minutes long, they managed to cram everyone in it to have their fair share of the story and of course, action. These movies are all about action but in this case the story is never sacrificed.

It is an incredible story. It encompasses the entire DC Universe followed but a history lesson of Flash. Adapting this story arc brings up a number of questions. It's the final event before the New 52. Would the studio continue to adapt anything pre-New 52? Or will they begin to adapt stories already in the new canon? They already have a movie named Justice League War in development for next year. Is it Origins? We'll have to wait and see.

Overall, this is DC's best animated movie so far. Some may agree and some may disagree. It will be a while before I can actually open the pages to this story, but I'll get there. Coupled with gorgeous hand drawn animation blended with impeccable 3D settings, this movie will definitely be in my collection. Highly recommended.

Written by: Bawnian©-Dexeus.

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Comments (11)

  1. Jay Oliva

    Thanks for a great review of my film! By the way it's Jay OLIVA... not Olivia :)

    9 months agoby @Jay-OlivaFlag

  2. the MovieGhost

    Awesome @brian, thank you!

    9 months agoby @the-movieghostFlag

  3. Brian

    @bawnian-dexeus Done!

    9 months agoby @brianFlag

  4. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @brian Hey man, would it be possible to get a poster for this review? Thank you

    @the-movieghost Cool

    9 months agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  5. the MovieGhost

    Good job dude. Even though I didn't say so on Facebook, I'm glad this was brought up and got me curious enough to warrant my sitting down and watching it. I'll try and get my own review up either tonight or tomorrow.

    9 months agoby @the-movieghostFlag

  6. Julian Roman

    @bawnian-dexeus, dude, nice review. I dug the heck out of this, but still think Doom, and The Dark Knight Returns 1& 2, are better. Hope all is well.

    9 months agoby @julianromanFlag

  7. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @Roe-Rick Thanks for the read

    9 months agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  8. Roe Rick

    Saw it, absolutely loved it and definitely agree the best DC animated movie. Ive read the entire Flashpoint in the comics and I still loved it, I cant imagine how much someone enjoyed it who didn't know the story. And it is confirmed, JL: War is the New 52 origin of Justice League. I hope they don't only make New 52 from now on, really wanted to see Blackest Night.

    9 months agoby @Roe-RickFlag

  9. Dan

    Sweet.

    9 months agoby @dan1Flag