DC’s latest animated film is inspired by Geoff Johns’ Flashpoint. Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox is based on the popular comic crossover which lead us into the current New 52 era.
Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox starts with a great setup which introduces the viewer to each member of the Justice League and showcasing their various abilities. 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 Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox, we have members of the League clashing with one another in ways that we never thought we would see. They basically took the idea of Injustice Gods Among Us and turned it into bloody and violent mortal combat. 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 of his older 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 definitely not as strong as The Dark Knight Returns but the action scenes and the cameos compensate.
Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox is definitely not one for moms to go and grab out of Musica’s kids bin. The violence is brutal and I felt my stomach turn as I watched former teammates and allies 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 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. Each voice actor really reinforces their specific character. Kevin McKidd does a brilliant job of voicing Flashpoint Batman.
The art is also well presented. It has an anime feel to it. Characters have become quite muscular and the art really brings out the best in each and every fight scene, especially the confrontation between The Flash and his polar opposite.
Overall, Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox is definitely a sign of good 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.