'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.
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.