Verdict: 4 / 5
DC offers its latest animation in the form of Geoff Johns’ “Flashpoint”. Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox is based on the popular comic crossover which lead us into the current New 52 era.
The movie starts with a great setup which introduces the viewer to each member of the Justice League, showcasing their abilities and camaraderie. This is done intentionally to show us the change that takes place when the plot of the story is revealed. Yes, we are dealing with another alternate reality story, one which shows you just how brutal the Justice League could have been had they not united for the common good. In Flashpoint Paradox we have Justice League members clashing with one another in ways that we never thought we would see. They basically took Injustice Gods Among Us and turned it into bloody and violent Mortal Kombat! At the centre of all the chaos is Barry “The Flash” Allen.
A powerless Flash is the only one who can remember the original timeline. He races against time to prevent the past. The longer he remains in this new reality the more his memories are replaced by new ones. Only he and one of the greatest minds in the DC Universe are able to stop this alternate reality from overwriting the original. The story is not particularly strong, definitely not as strong as The Dark Knight Returns, but the action scenes and cameos compensate.
Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox is definitely not one for mommies to go and grab out of the Look and Listen’s kids section. The violence is brutal and I felt my stomach turn as I watched former team-mates and allies maim and murder one another. There is even a little bit of foul language. Traditional pacifist characters become polar opposites of themselves. As a result, mankind is collateral damage in a war between Themyscira (led by Wonder Woman) and Atlantis (led by Brock Lesnar, sorry I mean Aquaman). It is clear to see that DC is making an effort at targeting the adult viewer, unlike their rivals.
The voice acting works extremely well, with each voice actor really reinforcing their specific character’s being. Kevin McKidd does a brilliant job of voicing “Flashpoint” Batman. The art is well presented. It has an anime feel to it. Characters have become quite muscular, with Aquaman making Superman look like Christian Bale in The Machinist. The art really brings out the best in each and every fight scene, especially the confrontation between The Flash and his polar opposite.
Overall, the film is definitely a good sign of things to come. This is the level of animation that people could easily pay to view in the cinema. DC proves once again that their animation is unrivaled and that they are not targeting kids. Instead, they are making the effort to entertain the adult comic readers that support them. With a brief glimpse of the upcoming “Justice League: War”, the future of DC animation is looking solid. It can not be altered, not even by the speed force.