Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013) – Jay Oliva

Flash (Justin Chambers) has his hands full after the timeline is changed around him in Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. Based on the graphic novel, Flashpoint by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert, this animated feature, though featuring great voice work by its all-star cast suffers from the same thing most of the other adaptations suffer from, it’s way too short, and doesn’t give the film all the character and story beats it could use to explore the material.

After some goading comments from Professor Zoom (C. Thomas Howell) when Flash and the Justice League save the day, Flash wakes the next morning to find the world he thought he knew doesn’t exist, and he is no longer powered by the Speed Force. He’s just a guy.

But as the world around him is on the verge of destruction, there’s a three-way war going on between the Atlanteans led by Aquaman (Cary Elwes), the Amazons led by Wonder Woman (Vanessa Marshall), and the rest of the world, Flash realizes he may have to throw together an all-new justice league, filled with semi-familiar faces, if he’s going to find a way back to his own time.

First, he seeks out Batman (Kevin McKidd) who is not the same Caped Crusader but is haunted by the same accident, one that created not only this universe’s ultra-violent (and possibly homicidal) Batman but its Joker as well.

Together they go to Cyborg (Michael B. Jordan) who is working for the government but doesn’t realize the same government he supports is lying to him about the existence of an alien that could help them in their battle. An alien that crashed to Earth from a dying planet and wiped out an entire city with the landing, Kal-El (Sam Daly).

The odds are stacked against our heroes as they join familiar, but slightly different incarnations of known heroes, as well as all-new ones, Canterbury Cricket (Dee Bradley Baker) is pretty cool, join forces and pushes back against the armageddon that threatens to engulf the world.

And guess whose fault it is?

I like the story but felt it could have been drawn out into a two-part movie to really do the story right, and let these twists on characters breathe a little more. The animation is enjoyable, and anytime Kevin Conroy leant his voice to the Dark Knight is a good thing.

It does make me want to dig into the actual comic event that inspired the story, and perhaps explore some of these alternate branches of the DC timeline. I haven’t completely tired of the DC animated films quite yet, so I think I’ll dig into some more of those as well. There is some really great voice work and images put to screen with these films.


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