Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox Review
This year, DC studios might have had some success with "Man of Steel," but whomever is in charge of the DC Animated studios needs to get those filmmakers to the live action stories, because I feel those filmmakers would tear up the silver screen.
I know I've discussed this before on my blog, but I can't help it. I got to give credit when it is due, and this time, it's due. DC Animations is awesome, creating wonderful story after wonderful story. The artists behind these movies really have a firm grasp on who these characters are. For a guy who never was much of a DC comics fan, these movies make me fall in love with them. "Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox" is another great example to put next to "Wonder Woman," "Green Lantern's First Flight," "Batman: Gotham Knight," "Crisis on Two Earths," and "Superman: Unbound" which came out earlier this year. There is a great energy and great confidence to each of these films and Flashpoint is no different. If you could imagine a live action version of "Green Lantern's First Flight" starring Ryan Reynolds...that would be a movie talked about today for all the right reasons.
One thing that stands out about this movie is that it focuses on one of the lesser known Justice League members. There have been rumors circling around for awhile about the possibly live-action The Flash film. It would definitley be interesting to see. However, I don't know how commercial it would be. If people get out to see "Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox," then a live-action Flash movie is much more possible. The Flash comes front and center in this movie and works very well. The character is very well written and well focused.
The film begins with The Flash fighting a big team of his enemies; including Captain Cold, Captain Boomerang and most importantly Professor Zoom...The Flash's arch-nemesis. Professor Zoom has special bombs placed in specific places which will level Central City. With the help of the Justice League, The Flash thwarts Professor Zoom's plan though Zoom eludes that something much more problematic is on the horizon. The next day, that problem emerges. The Flash sees a world where Bruce Wayne died in crime alley, Barry Allen isn't The Flash, and Aquaman and Wonder Woman are at war with each other. Only The Flash knows that this is an alternate timeline and he has plans to change it back.
The voice talent includes Kevin McKidd, Justin Chambers, C. Thomas Howell, Michael B. Jordan, Nathan Fillion, Ron Perlman, Kevin Conroy, Cary Elwes and Danny Huston. Each actor portrays great talent and they help bring their characters to life. The big surprise though, is just how raw director Jay Oliva makes this. This is the first real animated film by this studio which takes some incredible dark turns. Wonder Woman kills a child for crying out loud. Batman shoots someone in the head and the camera zooms in on his face through the bullet hole in the dead persons head. It is very grim stuff, and I give Oliva credit for never backing down, always living up to the film's convictions. This may not be your child's movie but in the context of the film it all works.
So checking out "Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox?" Totally worth it.
FINAL GRADE: B+