DC Comics definitely hits its stride with “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.” Never have I been more impressed with an animated adaptation of a comic book story arc than I am with this spectacular straight-to-DVD movie. At the same time, I am not without complaints in regards to it.
Everyone wishes they could go back in time and right the wrongs they or others have committed. The Flash (Justin Chambers) is no different… and he has the power to do so! Unfortunately, his selfish desires to bring his mother back from the dead causes a ripple in the time stream which looks to cause the destruction of the entire world at the hands of Aquaman (Cary Elwes) and Wonder Woman (Vanessa Marshall).
The two super heroes are at war with each other in this skewed reality. They could cause the outbreak of World War III and the deaths of millions of innocent people. Can the Flash and the alternate versions of the Justice League band together and keep the Atlantean and Amazonian warriors from destroying the entire world in their vengeful crusade?
The animation style of “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox” is very much unique to what we’ve seen before from the DC animated features. Something about it just gives the entire movie a bigger and more epic feel than what we’ve experienced in the past. Like me, some might find the new artistic renditions of their favorite super heroes off-putting at first. As the film moves on, I found myself embracing and crediting the style change with giving it an extra dimension and setting it apart as something distinct.
Writer Jim Krieg does everything he possibly can to bring Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert’s graphic novel to life for the big or small screen. He successfully pulls in all the necessary elements from the book to give it a solid foundation and keep it moving forward at a breakneck pace. “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox” begins to unravel when he tries to fit too many extraneous Easter eggs and backstories from the individual books published outside of the main graphic novel into 81 minutes.
Krieg takes the source material from “The World of Flashpoint: Batman,” “The World of Flashpoint: Superman,” and “The World of Flashpoint: Green Lantern” and tries to add too much depth to the alternate universe storylines of these characters. He ends up making the movie feel like it’s about to burst at the seams. Krieg does do a good job fleshing out the Aquaman and Wonder Woman conflict which acts as the backdrop of the tale.
“Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox” looks and sounds phenomenal. It’s presented in 1080p High Definition (1.78:1). The colors are vibrant the way a movie based on a comic book should be and the picture is crystal clear. A 5.1 surround sound mix brings to life the climactic battles and bombastic musical score, assuring home audiences will be absorbed by the film.
The Blu-ray is stuffed full of exclusive content. Writer Geoff Johns, Producer James Tucker, Screenwriter Jim Krieg, and Director Jay Oliva provide feature commentary. Two featurettes are included entitled “My Favorite Villain! The Flash Bad Guys” and “A Flash in Time.” It contains an excerpt from the digital Flashpoint #1 comic. Four bonus cartoons are pulled out of the DC Comics vault as well. We also get a sneak peek at the upcoming “Justice League: War” animated movie.
“Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox” is definitely rated PG-13. There’s a lot of violence, some being very graphic. There’s also adult language and situations. As usual, some of the female characters barely wear any clothes. The artists of the film also enjoy drawing Wonder Woman’s butt bursting out of her costume.
Although it has its problems, I consider “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox” to be a big step forward for the DC animated features. It kept my attention through great storytelling, extraordinary battle sequences, and a legendary face-off between Aquaman and Wonder Woman. Flash fans will find the movie to be everything they’ve ever wanted as their favorite character takes front and center.
“Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox” is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download.
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