Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox

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When time travel allows a past wrong to be righted for The Flash and his family, the ripples of the event prove disastrous as a fractured, alternate reality now exists where a Justice League never formed.[Adult Swim]
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Movie Gal With a BrainReviewed in the United States on August 2, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Gutsy and Brilliant - The `Watchmen' of DCUAOM's JL Films
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"Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox" is a revelation. An all-too-rare gem of a film that goes to places with classic comic book superheroes you can't imagine any group of filmmakers would dare. It's one thing to read and see a story like this on the page. It's an entirely different thing to experience it on a visceral level as a motion picture.

Based upon the DC comics storyline "Flashpoint" by Geoff Johns, "The Flashpoint Paradox" is - at heart - an emotional, introspective journey centered on one of DC's lesser-known heroes, Barry Allen aka the Flash.

Screenwriter Jim Krieg skillfully manages to adapt most of Johns' main storyline while adding an original prologue that emotionally anchors the film in Barry Allen's tragic childhood loss of his mother, and the guilt he carries into his adult life in not having saved her life. Krieg has also scripted a smart, humorous and sophisticated opening action sequence involving the main Justice League characters. Like most great screenwriters, Krieg knows if you're going to deconstruct the most famous DC superheroes throughout your script, showing them as brutal vigilantes and ruthless killers for the balance the film, you better first give them all a moment to shine at their heroic best.

This is a time-travel story into an alternative universe, and following these opening scenes, Barry Allen awakes from dozing-off at his workstation to find a world inverted. DC's most enduring heroes are now the most violent, out-of-control threat the planet has ever faced.

Bruce Wayne was killed, not his parents. His father Thomas Wayne is the Batman, an alcoholic consumed by loss who dispatches his victims with a gun in each hand or a toss off a rooftop. Aquaman and Wonder Woman are at war, with the Amazons having invaded the UK, slaughtering millions, and turning it into their new Paradise Island. Kal-El didn't land in Kansas to be raised by the Kents. He instead crash landed in Metropolis, where he has been kept underground and experimented on by the government.

In 1985 when Alan Moore was developing the graphic novel "Watchmen," his intent was to utilize established superheroes from the Charlton Comics line that DC had just purchased. DC managing editor Dick Giodano vetoed the idea, concerned that depicting the characters in a "dysfunctional" manner, or showing them being killed off in the mini-series would hurt their `brand potential.'

The approach producer James Tucker, writer Jim Krieg and director Jay Oliva have taken in adapting "Flashpoint" is in many ways what Moore wanted to do with "Watchmen." Moore had reasoned "as long as readers recognized them (the characters) ... `it would have the shock and surprise value when you saw what the reality of these characters was.' " Or, in the case of "The Flashpoint Paradox," when you see what the reality of the characters are in a dark alternative universe.

While the alternate universe `versions' of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman are the result of an anomaly in the `DC timeline,' seeing them commit graphic acts of violence and murder against each other, additional characters from the DC Universe, and a global mass populous elicits a very disturbing and shocking viewing experience. Like the DCUAOM release "Batman: The Dark Knight Rises Part 2," the level of graphic violence makes it inconceivable that the MPAA gave the film a PG-13 rating as opposed to a R rating.

But, let's be very clear on this point. Every moment of graphic violence, adult language and mature situations is VITAL to making this film work on a complex sophisticated level very much in the vein of Bryan Singer's two `X-MEN' films, Zach Snyder's adaptation of "WATCHMEN," and Christopher Nolan's `DARK KNIGHT' trilogy. This is a film for adults, not kids. To water it down is to destroy it artistically.

Like the "Watchmen" graphic novel and Zach Snyder's feature adaptation of it, "The Flashpoint Paradox" is a film for adults who aren't afraid to explore the dark notion proposed by Johns' "Flashpoint" series. A dark notion that "The Flashpoint Paradox" brings to full fruition with maximum emotional and intellectual impact. Namely, dark consequences would befall powerful superheroes and the world if one tragic twist of fate impacted their lives on a deeply traumatic emotional level.

The film is able to reach these heights thanks to just how far the creative team was prepared to go, and how high they were willing to claw their way up to reach.

Director Jay Oliva ("Batman: The Dark Knight Returns") knows how to do action - he was one of Zach Snyder's storyboard artists on "Man of Steel." With "The Flashpoint Paradox" he has deftly mixed multiple approaches in character design and animation techniques. Traditional anime, anatomic realism and exaggerated physique designs vary from scene to scene. This yields a wider range of emotions than the previous DCUAOMs Justice League titles have contained and explored, save "New Frontier." The results also pay-off in a higher level of kinetic energy in his action sequences. At times, all three animation approaches appear on screen at once - with the genius being it all rings true and works.

Legendary Casting and Voice Director Andrea Romano's work on the film yields phenomenal detail. Justin Chambers ("Grey's Anatomy") delivers the best Barry Allen/The Flash performance in a DCUAOM since Neil Patrick Harris portrayed the character in 2008's "Justice League: The New Frontier." Chambers' balances a newfound level of gravitas for Barry Allen with the humor that has always been a key element of the character.

C. Thomas Howell buries himself in the roll of Professor Zoom, and its obvious he had a ball playing the film's central villain. Michael R. Jordan (currently starring in "Fruitvale Station") walks the line between sincerity and naivety as Cyborg without ever giving into being less than the best soldier the US has. Cary Elwes ("The Princess Bride," "Saw") gives a majestic, bold and tense presence to his role as Aquaman.

Towering above them all is Kevin McKidd (also from "Grey's Anatomy") as Thomas Wayne, aka Flashpoint Batman. Disillusioned, cynical, unpredictable and violent, McKidd's performance is laced with both overt and repressed rage throughout. Yet, he hits great beats of humor and pathos.

This time out, the detail in Romano's Casting Work is amazing. Both "Batman," "Superman" and "Justice League" animated series veterans Kevin Conroy, Dana Delany and Nathan Fillion are back in their roles as Batman, Lois Lane and Green Lantern. The fact their appearances are virtually cameos didn't deter her from getting them. More importantly, their performances add just as much as the lead actors' do to the overall artistry of the piece as a phenomenal example of `Ensemble Acting' in an Animated Motion Picture. Romano even managed to get Ron Perlman ("Pacific Rim," "Hellboy") and Danny Huston ("Hitchcock," "Wrath of the Titans") to take very minor roles.

Getting Conroy back was of vital creative importance for the film's final and very emotional closing scene. It's worth crediting his loyalty to DC Animation that he recognized, for this film, his small contribution was major.

Frederik Wiedmann's original score must be given its due as well. Rich and layered with textures specifically designed for the emotional range of the film, Wiedmann also delivers distinct themes for the Amazons, Aquaman's army, the Flash, and Flashpoint Batman. Here's hoping when Christopher Drake isn't available to score future DCUAOMs, Wiedmann gets the assignments.

Finally, DC Animation Supervising Producer James Tucker must be acknowledged for his courage and artistic integrity in backing the film's daring content and artistic achievement.

His statements to the press upon replacing Bruce Timm as the DC Animation Supervising Producer made it clear that DCUAOMs were headed in a new, commercial direction. No longer would direct adaptations of graphic novels be done as DCUAOMs ("Batman: Year One," "The Dark Knight Returns"), and `brand names' like `Justice League' would be embraced as vehicles to introduce new characters. After DC Animation's announcement that two `Justice League' titles in 2013 would be followed by two `Batman' titles in 2014, it seemed DC Animation was possibly being co-opted by the Warner Bros. Live Action division to support and promote their plans for a JLA film, along with Zach Snyder's challenge in rebooting Batman for his "Man of Steel" sequel.

However, if "Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox" is indicative of how Tucker plans to meld any potential Warner-Bros. mandated commercialism and cross-promotion of DCUAOMs with his team still taking huge creative risks and maintaining the artistic integrity of DCUAOMs, Tucker is truly taking DC Animation and their films into a new, exciting and subversive direction for fans.

If the upcoming "Justice League: War" and "Batman and Son" are as daring, uncompromising, challenging and adult as "Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox," James Tucker will have initial nay-Sayers like myself eating crow and crying `mea-culpa' pretty damn fast.
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H. BalaReviewed in the United States on August 14, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Canterbury Cricket in the hoooouse, y'all
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If you haven't read the comic book source material by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert, odds are your brow will furrow repeatedly at the shocking stuff that goes down in this animated adaptation. Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox runs 75 minutes, only it feels longer because it's packed with so many side stories. Some say too many side stories. Me, I liked it fine. I'm beaming that the Flash gets a chance to strut his stuff. I'm excited he's got a live action television series in development with the CW and that the 2013 Flash Annual is such a highlight read.

Who knew Nora Allen, dead and mourned all these years, wielded such mighty impact on the DC universe? Her son, as you know, is Barry Allen, referred to even by Usain Bolt as the Fastest Man Alive. Barry Allen is usually a methodical, sensible sort. And yet, after years of foiling twisted miscreants and saving lives and once even dying for the cause, it's hard to begrudge him his one moment of selfishness.

***Perhaps some plot SPOILERS from here on out***

One day the Flash wakes up to find everything changed. In this new and terrifying world there is no Justice League, no Superman, not much hope. Earth teeters on the brink of annihilation. Swarming opposing armies commanded respectively by a demented Aquaman and a savage Wonder Woman have reduced to Europe to an apocalyptic theater of war. In this reality Barry Allen has no super-speed. His beloved Iris is happily married to someone else. And maybe the most earthquaking swerve surfaces when Barry runs into his mother, alive and well. It's the only good news he's found in this crap new existence. Barry Allen immediately works to realign reality. He approaches the most resourceful man he knows.

They say lightning doesn't strike twice in the same place. No, it instead strikes it three times, if you go by Kid Flash's origin and by Barry's desperate restating of the lab accident that once had bestowed super-speed. I won't divulge the result. I'll only mention that if Barry were so inclined, he could've gone with a new superhero code name: "Super-Crispy."

Regarding the source material, I wasn't too impressed with Johns and Kubert's Flashpoint arc. And, sure, maybe ire is based in part on bias. We all knew Flashpoint would be the catalyst to DC's New 52 initiative, and I was all kinds of cynical about what really brought about such a sweeping, company-wide change. Ugh. Anyway, I prefer the movie to the comic book.

I saw it with friends who were conflicted. First point of contention: some protested that the animation leans too heavily towards anime and away from the style of the Bruce Timm cartoon era. I didn't fret over the animation, not even when I eyeballed several really severe character models (Aquaman, for one, looks truly crazed). It's as if Bart Sears' pencils had come to life, and I mean that as a good thing. There was grousing that character weight was sacrificed to favor multiple sub-plots. I disagree. I think the core players received strong character beats, none more resonant than the coda scene with Flash and Batman. This is a vehicle for the Flash, and yet the most memorable figure is the Flashpoint Batman. He's even more tortured than the regular continuity Bruce Wayne. One unanimous beef: to a man we wish Geoff Johns would quit it already trying to elevate Cyborg to top tier status. He's making me hate a character I used to really like when Wolfman was writing him. It's Sentry all over again. (Somewhere Brian Michael Bendis is going: "Whatchu talking about?")

Piles of fun Easter eggs. Heaps of recalibrated origins and startling scenarios. A horde of characters relegated to cameos and given short shrift, and plenty of them viewed thru cracked mirrors. Ray Bradbury, wherever he is, is pleased as punch that he's obliquely referenced here: the butterfly effect is no joke, man! The changes are radical. It's rather brilliant that the movie opens with a fairly light sequence in which Flash and his Justice League buds thwart his rogues' gallery. It's breezy tone presents a stark contrast to the depths of brooding we're later exposed to. This movie is rated PG-13 and I'd even go as far as to say it's a hard PG-13. There are moments that jar with graphic brutality. Nathan Fillion briefly voices Hal Jordan and utters a naughty. It's not for the younger kids. I'm bothered some by that tiresome retread about writers getting their brave on only when they're playing in the sandbox of alternate realities, easily discounted territories wherein characters can be killed off with no real consequence. And having condemned the film for that, let me do a quick 180 and observe that the storytelling here is that much more intriguing for its darker and more mature - if not richer - themes. This is the most commanding and least Super Friend-y that Aquaman has ever been. I do wish that the movie were longer. 75 minutes isn't near long enough to service a story of this sweep and ambition. Or maybe I just wanted more camera time for the Canterbury Cricket (never mind that his Flashpoint tie-in comic book was rubbish).

Oh, and maybe you'd want to stay for the post-credits stinger.

The bonus stuff on this Blu-Ray disc:

- Audio Commentary by comic book writer Geoff Johns, director Jay Oliva, producer James Tucker, and screen writer Jim Krieg
- "A Flash in Time: Time Travel in the Flash Universe" - a featurette that examines the concept of time travel and attempts to apply real science to the Flash's super-powers (00:22:24 minutes)
- "My Favorite Villain! The Flash Bad Guys" - pretty self-explanatory (00:18:58 minutes)
- Digital Comics Excerpt from DC Comics' FLASHPOINT #1
- 4 cartoon episodes from the DC Comics Vault: "Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster" (from BATMAN: BRAVE & THE BOLD, Season 2, Episode 15), "Flash & Subtance" (from JUSTICE LEAGUE, Season 2, Episode 5), "Legends, Parts 1 & 2" (from JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED); For my money, the best Flash episode ever (but not included here) is JLU's "The Great Brain Robbery" (Season 5, Episode 8), in which Wally West and Lex Luthor swap bodies
- Sneak Peek at the next DCU project, JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR, which adapts Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's New 52 Justice League's Darkseid arc (00:08:12 minutes)
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B. DanielReviewed in the United States on November 22, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
One Change makes all the difference!
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The DC Animated Universe movies continue to come out, thanks to no shortage of good stories and a penchant for decent adaptations of those stories. "Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox" is number 17 and it's by far one of the best, almost dethroning "Under the Red Hood" as my favorite of the flicks. I say almost because I can't really supplant that story so they will have to reign together.

"Flashpoint Paradox" is an adaptation of the companywide crossover "Flashpoint" from DC a few years back written by Geoff Johns and drawn by Andy Kubert. The end of the story effectively rebooted the DC Universe and gave us the current status quo, known as the DCnU (DC new Universe) or New 52 (after the number of launch titles when the reboot happened). Costumes changed (Superman lost his underoos), and histories were retconned, and it was glorious. But that's for another time, this is about "Flashpoint Paradox" and the jaw dropping greatness of it.

Though the title has "Justice League" in it this is very much a story about everyone's favorite Speedster, the Flash. I mean his name is part of the title. The story begins with Flash (Justin Chambers, "Grey's Anatomy") having to take on a group of his villains, collectively referred to as "The Rogues," and when he's outgunned he calls for the Justice League for back-up. When his opposite number and arch nemesis Professor Zoom aka The Reverse Flash (C. Thomas Howell, "Amazing Spiderman") makes a statement that hits a little too close to home Flash goes for a run. When he wakes up the next day things have changed drastically. He is in a world where the Justice League or Superman never existed, Cyborg is the country's greatest hero, Batman is a gun carrying vigilante, and the Amazons and Atlantis are about to begin a war that will destroy the planet. Without his powers Flash, now just plain old Barry Allen must figure out what has happened to the world before it's too late.

To give away any more of the story would be almost criminal. If you don't know the details finding them out as you go along is definitely part of the fun with this story. The other part is seeing completely different versions of your favorite characters. Wonder Woman (Vanessa Marshal returning to the role from "JL: Crisis on Two Earths") and Aquaman (Cary Elwes, "Saw, "Princess Bride") are much darker characters than we're used to seeing, and their titles Queen of the Amazons and King of Atlantis are front and center, as are their militaristic ambitions. Batman (Kevin McKidd, "Percy Jackson," "Grey's Anatomy") is a completely different person, so it makes his change a little easier to deal with. And we again get some Cyborg (Michael B. Jordan, "Chronicle) which is always good, and he gets to be the hero of the country here. The rest of the cast is good even if they don't get a lot to say with Dana Delany, Nathan Fillion and Ron Perlman returning to voice the characters of Lois Lane, Green Lantern Hal Jordan and Deathstroke from "Superman: The Animated Series," "Justice League: Doom" and "Teen Titans" respectively. Danny Huston also has a bit part as General Sam Lane. Andrea Romano does it yet again, and Jay Oliva's direction is perfect.

The animation is just fantastic with character designs by Phil Burassa who did designs for the last two Justice League animated films as well as the "Young Justice" series. These though are some insanely built heroes, but they still look amazing, not like when the drawings in "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies" where they came off looking like "Masters of the Universe" figures being animated. This is more like Japanese animation mixed with American comic art. The action is intense too. I mean REALLY intense. There are some pretty violent and brutal fights and scenes in this. Definitely earns it PG-13 rating. I found myself slackjawed a few times throughout the film. DC definitely pushed the envelope this time, and it was well worth it. The story is what really keeps you intrigued though, and the humanity that it illustrates among these powerful beings, and as I said this is Flash's story and following him through this dark, strange world is a real journey.

This was a really fun flick and if you've been a fan of these so far, this one definitely won't disappoint you. The only issue I had was that it got me wanting to see more alternate takes on the characters, and DC has a whole line called Elseworlds and they've got a few great stories that would be amazing animated, but I digress. Anyway, this film has an after credits scene that leads directly into the next film, "Justice League: War" which makes sense as it tells of the origin of the JL in the DCnU, so I look forward to it. As usual, the special features were few but the featurettes are good, and the classic episodes are always fun. So definitely pick this up if you want to watch a great action flick, with some heart, amazing visuals, and a few surprises too.
UmagonReviewed in the United States on August 9, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
if you like the flash
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if you do you need to watch this
KareemReviewed in the United States on September 11, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Fastest Man in the world holds his own
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The way this movie started, even before the opening credits, made clear that it would have a darker tone similar to some of the latest DC Animated movies, even though it’s featuring the Flash, who would usually be portrayed as the jokester. It’s also not a solo Flash movie as other members of the Justice League play important roles too. Well, technically there is no Justice League, and the Batman we all know and love isn’t Bruce Wayne, and he also has no problem using guns. This goes back to the quintessential point made at the start of the movie and was addressed by the Flash’s mother when he was a kid. How much is affected from one event changing, and if we understood the impact of changing past events would we want to go back and change them? I felt the movie did an excellent job of addressing that question as the story progressed and there was never the sense that characters were portrayed differently just for the hell of it. So Batman being different made sense, Cyborg being in the role he was in made sense and the war between Aquaman and Wonder Woman, as the root of it was explained, fit in line with their stubbornness and arrogance at times. The absence of Superman and all he stood for was factored into this, and even the understanding of how much his presence indirectly kept others in check.

The story line was solid but of course with all these super powered beings in one movie, and with some at odds with each other, there would have to be some entertaining action to accompany it. And there’s plenty of it and just about everyone gets in on the action including Grifter, Etrigan the Demon and Deathstroke. Even Lois Lane has good action sequences and they have nothing to do with Superman saving her. The heroes (including those who were villains in the regular timeline) have to stop Wonder Woman and Aquaman from basically destroying the entire planet after the death of hundreds of millions of people. So there’s a war between the Atlanteans and Amazons with the remaining superheros caught in between and fighting both. So the current alliances fit in perfectly with the story and the Flash wouldn’t be on the sidelines during this because he and Batman would attempt to give him his powers back by recreating the experiment that gave the Flash his powers in the first place. It felt good to see these intense and at times, graphic, action sequences taking place with no one holding back. Of course this couldn’t be good for the planet. And not to give any details that could be considered spoilers, although you pretty much have a general idea if you’ve read the comic book series despite some character changes, the ending is as satisfying as one would hope for while watching this movie.

All DC Animated Movies tend to be the same length and although I’m sure there are many reasons for that, sometimes it feels as if there could be some additional minutes to elaborate on some of the finer aspects of the story line so it feels like a fuller experience. It doesn’t take away from this being a great movie but I think it would give more for viewers to come back to for repeated viewing.

SUMMARY
Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox was a very entertaining movie and one I highly recommend for all fans of DC’s animated movies. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect with some of the previous portrayals of the Flash in the Justice League series and movies but he was more developed in this one and held his own as the featured character. The story was great and unfolded perfectly while addressing the quintessential point raised in the beginning, as well as provided great enjoyment from seeing the various characters in action and fighting with their all. The different portrayals of the characters didn’t feel one-dimensional and felt fully fleshed out. And there was a touching moment in the ending that at this particular time had even more meaning to me on a personal level. And as is the current trend with most superhero movies, there’s even a glimpse afterward of what’s to come as the result of events that occurred in this movie. This is definitely one you don’t want to miss.
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J.P. EriksenReviewed in the United States on June 28, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of my favorite DC storylines
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The animation is great and the voice acting is top notch. My only complaint, if any, is the focus on the war between the Atlanteans and Amazonians, which for me is the duller part of the story, in print as well as in the animation.
JoeyReviewed in the United States on August 17, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
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I waited for this release with eager anticipation and I wasn't disappointed. The movie flowed well with the Flash as the main character as well as the alternate Batman who was Bruce Wayne's father in this version. This is also Flash story, so you would have to know a little something about the villains and supporting cast around the Flash. I'm also speaking on the Barry Allen Flash, and not the Wally West Flash which is going back at least 20 or even 30 years. I have not followed a Flash series since the 80s. However, I think the story does a decent job explaining these characters if your not familiar with the Flash characters.

But this isn't just about the Flash, this is really a crazy version about what if you change something in your life. Does it effect other people around you, even your closest friends? Clearly, the answer is yes in this movie. This starts with Flash as he saves his mom from being murdered only to find the World on the brink of World War 3. Aquaman and Wonder Woman are main the antagonists here who use their empires to plunge the Earth into chaos. Superman also is found hidden away by the United States Government as a socially crippled man treated like some science experiment gone array. In this alternate reality of Superman, his rocket crashed in Metropolis that killed thousands, instead of crashing in rural Kanas where no one was hurt. Thus, from childhood, Superman is raised in a harsh government facility instead of the farm life of his loving adoptive parents, the Kents.

I don't want to ruin the movie for you, but reading up the Flashpoint comic book series would help understand some of these changes. I think the movie stayed on point and told an effective story, even better than the comic books. I would rate this as well done. I just wished than more detail would have went into the war between Wonder Woman and Aquaman. They really only briefly touched on the reasons behind the war, which in my opinion weren't enough of an explanation. Cyborg was a pleasant character who seem to be the most level headed hero in this world. The Thomas Wayne Batman was great, as a doctor turned crime fighter, with even a more ruthless moral code than his son Bruce who was murdered that night in the dark alley instead of Thomas and his wife, which the movie clearly hints as her being the Joker.

I also wish more time could have spent on Thomas Wayne's world since he was also a main character in this movie. Here, unlike Bruce Wayne who projected the playboy image, Thomas alter ego as casino tycoon was a bit more rough edged, since running a few casinos in Gotham City which put him at a greater financial pressure on his business and as a crime fighter. Thomas partially explained this on his Bat plane when he flew the Flash, Cyborg, and the Shazam kids to Europe, to confront Aquaman and Wonder Woman. The Batman Flashpoint comic books were fun to read. They could have used some of that material too.

The Reverse Flash is excellently portrayed in this film as the main villain. I don't think he really ever got his due on the screen until now. I really enjoyed the final scenes as Flash battled Reverse Flash. I think an origin story might have came in handy on the Reverse Flash but with so much going on, clearly there would have been no where to fit it. I would recommend this animated movie as a must see.
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amazonmanReviewed in the United States on August 5, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Should have been 2 hours but an incredible ride nonetheless
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The Blue Ray edition comes with the DVD disc, and a digital voucher to download.

I won't talk about the story other than, it follows it's source material closer than any other DC
animated adaption, save for the Dark Knight Returns of course. We also get a condensed story about
Barry Allen, The Flash, that will stay in the fans memory for a long time.

I am overjoyed that this is not another Superman, or Batman film because Warner Bros feels
they need to take less risks by titling bigger known properties. There is a semblance of convenience of
titling it "Justice League" with Flash as the main focus. No lie, no false advertisement, just an overabundance
of cameos that could have been fleshed out better, but are very useful even if it's just a few minutes.

Guys don't pirate this. This is $15 Blue Ray combo with special features that carry 3 episodes of Bruce
Timm's Justice League, audio commentary, a preview at Justice League: War, a digital comicbook
of the original Flashpoint event, and a feature discussion on paradoxical time travel.

Dana Delany is Lois Lane here, Ron Pearlman is Slade/DeathStroke, and Yo-Yo the character is voiced by a past actress of Harley Quinn. The reason is obvious of course. Kevin Conroy continues to succeed as his Batman, Vanessa Marshall brings her A-game as Wonder Woman from Crisis on Two Earths. The son of Tim Daly from the 90's Superman: The Animated Series sounds just like his father. Kevin McKidd delivers as an even darker and grittier Thomas Wayne Batman, a shocker truly. His incarnation could get his own series and succeed. C. H. Thomas Howell will make you hate Professor Zoom, and that's precisely the point: he's a villain first.

Not everything is entirely spot on, at least when it comes to the character designs of Superman and Aquaman. The body-proportions are ridiculous. I've watched Young Justice, and the Superman seen in that show has you wondering how they arrived at changing the designs for male metahumans. The size of Clark Kent's head looks insignificant compared to the rest of physique. Wonder-Woman on the other hand looks beautiful beyond any human athlete, and Batman looks like an anime character, but that's alright because he's Batman. He can get away with it.

This is such a diverse and reprising cast, probably better coordinated by the director here than any previous works. This is such a good alterna-verse take on the Detective Comics lore.

One warning though: This movie is pretty dark, you probably don't want any kids under 13 looking at this. The contents of this production are a step away from the source material that could be used to animate The Killing Joke one day. Almost everything to be weary of is in here. I'll give you a hint as to how graphic this becomes: a warlord Wonder Woman interacting with children characters. It's so dark, it goes there.

One more thing: Yes, the female Joker, THAT Joker is in here. DC threw a bone to the fans of the concept. Now what I want is an extended rerelease with 30 to 45 minutes more of footage. So far, I am leaning toward giving this cut a perfect review. DC animation is at it's prime, especially in the summer time. So far, it's a 4.8 on the scale of 1 to 5!
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