Justice League: the Flashpoint Paradox

Warner Bros Home Entertainment
July 30, 2013

Holy crap, where did that come from? The mini-series that launched DC’s New 52 wasn’t exactly the most beloved series. It was a rather exciting and good read but nothing that will go down in the best comics of all time. The movie adaptation, however? One of the best DC movies ever. Animated or live. Ever.

The Flash wakes up and the world is different. Darker, meaner and on the verge of an apocalyptic war. And Barry Allen is no longer the Flash. In fact, the Flash has never existed. But Barry Allen remembers fighting the Rogues with the Justice League not a day ago. Thankfully, Batman still exists. Unfortunately, he isn’t Bruce Wayne. Barry knows something in the past has changed. Someone has gone back in time and changed everything to the point Aquaman and Wonder Woman are not only enemies, but are at war with each other, having destroyed the UK in the process. Barry and Batman have to do everything it takes to change it back. But Barry’s memories of the other timeline are disappearing and not everyone believes him. He isn’t even the Flash anyone. What can he do?Batman YoYo

I knew what was going to happen. I’ve read the book. And I was still on the edge. Of. My. Seat. This was the perfect example of perfect editing of a story to fit a film. Everything important was in the forefront with enough little things in the back to keep fan’s eyes wide to catch them all. If you read the mini-series and all the tie-ins (the Batman, Green Lantern and Lois Lane ones in particular) then you were very happy. “Flashpoint” keeps the energy going strong through the entire movie. It never stops just hitting you how different and horrific this world is. The movie itself is brutal. The warring nature and dark tone of the world is featured prominently. This isn’t for kids. It’s hardcore, bloody and brilliant.

DC should keep these filmmakers on retainer to adapt every work they have. They know how to do it. “Flashpoint” is the best DC animated movie, ever. And one of the best DC movies period. Honestly, the only thing that held it back was the 2nd rate animation. It had an anime style they tried to adapt for American audience. The result is disproportionate bodies for some secondary characters and words that are just ever-so-slightly off the lips saying them. Thankfully, the movie is so great you forget about that. You become engrossed in everything happening to these characters. Seeing the life and death battle between Lex Luthor, Deathstroke, and other super-powerful characters battle Aquaman’s royal guard of Aqualad, Tempest, Aquagirl, Black Manta and Ocean Master is almost too incredible not to re-watch. It sets the example of what you’re about to see. An incredible, masterful achievement in super-hero film making.

Jo Schmidt