Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox Review

FP 1Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox  : It seems both DC and Marvel are going in different directions when it comes to their animated features. It is the 17th film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series slowly moving away from the golden-era styles of Bruce Timm and Paul Dini’s Batman: The Animated Series. Yeah! Finally the flash gets a feature but oh wait really it’s a Thomas Wayne movie. The most redeeming feature is the role of Thomas Wayne, as much as being a big Batman fan. I really think Thomas Wayne comes closest to contesting the place off the Batman in my heart. I love watching this character and the arrogant way he deals with crime, he is able to capture the darker and grittier look and tone found in the animated movie Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. I would like to think in another parallel earth there are millions of Thomas Wayne fans. I can’t stress how interesting Thomas Wayne is as the anti-hero and its mature story line.

The movie really is not about the justice league but there may be a good side to that as someone who has never read the Flashpoint graphic novels or any other Justice League material can easily watch this movie with relative understanding and intrigue in which Barry quickly discovers everything he remembers of his world has changed due a slight change in his timeline that is quickly pushing the entire world to the brink of Armageddon and tirelessly tries to discover the cause and the way to correct the timeline, Flash will need to find help from unfamiliar and unlikely “heroes” in order to restore his timeline while fleeting memories of his past slowly vanish. He inevitably has to make to most difficult decision and the biggest sacrifice, the life of his mom of which he is forced to relive the tragic loss of his mother for a second time.

Not sure if you can spoil the movie as most would have already read the graphic novel Flashpoint by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert; However the movie actually works well for those who have already read the graphic novel and compliments it well.

As a movie it’s visually iconic in terms of the characters and anime artistic style, as a story it is worthy of a unique sci fi plot that’s fresh. Voice actors are on par (A significant feature has Ron Perlman as Deathstroke, Dana Delany as Lois Lane,  Dee Bradley Baker as Etrigan and Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) as Cyborg) and there were some moments were the dialogue was lifted straight from the comic books punctuated by surprising violence not seen in any other DC animated movie.

In comparison to DC animated and justice league movies this is not really up there among they greatest, good thing I am young enough to wait for better movies. I would say if you a collector by all means collect away if you deciding on if it’s worth buying then rather reading the graphic novel, I would say read the graphic novel and if you like .

Summary: When time travel allows a past wrong to be righted for Flash and his family, the event’s temporal ripples prove disastrous, creating a fractured, alternate reality where the Justice League never formed, and even Superman is nowhere to be found. Amidst a new world being destroyed by a fierce war between Wonder Woman’s Amazons and Aquaman’s Atlanteans, Flash must team with a grittier, more violent Batman and government agent Cyborg to restore Flash’s original timeline.

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