Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox

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Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
Justice League - The Flashpoint Paradox.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Jay Oliva
Produced by Alan Burnett
Screenplay by James Krieg
Based on Flashpoint 
by Geoff Johns
Andy Kubert
Starring Justin Chambers
Kevin McKidd
C. Thomas Howell
Michael B. Jordan
Nathan Fillion
Ron Perlman
Kevin Conroy
Dana Delany
Cary Elwes
Vanessa Marshall
Music by Frederik Wiedmann
Edited by Christoper D. Lozinski
Production
company
Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Premiere
DC Comics
Studio 4°C
Distributed by Warner Home Video
Release dates
  • July 30, 2013 (2013-07-30)
Running time
81 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $4,535,680[1]

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox is a direct-to-video animated film adaptation of the 2011 comic book crossover "Flashpoint" by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert. It is scripted by Jim Krieg and directed by Jay Oliva. The film stars Justin Chambers as Barry Allen / The Flash, Kevin McKidd as Thomas Wayne / Batman, C. Thomas Howell as Eobard Thawne / Professor Zoom and Michael B. Jordan as Victor Stone / Cyborg. The film also sees actors reprising roles from other DC Animated properties; actors including Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne / Batman, Ron Perlman as Deathstroke, Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan / Green Lantern, Dana Delany as Lois Lane and Dee Bradley Baker as Etrigan. It is the 18th film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series.[2] It is also re-released on September 10, 2013 as a 2-Disc Special Edition.

Plot[edit]

While visiting his mother's grave, Barry Allen, known as the Flash, is alerted to a break-in by Captain Cold, Captain Boomerang, Heat Wave, Mirror Master, and Top at the Flash Museum. Defeating the Rogues, he discovers that they have been hired by his archenemy Professor Zoom as part of a plan to destroy Central City. With the help of the Justice League, Barry foils Zoom's plot, but Zoom's taunts over the death of his mother still haunt Barry as he departs.

The next day, Barry discovers that the world has radically changed: his powers are gone, his mother is alive, his wife Iris is married to someone else, and the Justice League does not exist. Aquaman and his Atlantean forces have sunk most of Europe, while Wonder Woman has led the Amazons in conquering United Kingdom, and both forces are now at war after an attempted alliance between them led to an affair between Aquaman and Wonder Woman, and the later murdering Aquaman's wife Mera after a confrontation. Cyborg has assembled a team to eliminate both parties and approaches Batman to join them, but his refusal leads the government to scrap the plan, and instead recruit Hal Jordan to pilot an extraterrestrial spacecraft to bomb the Atlanteans.

Barry visits Wayne Manor, but is attacked by Batman—who he realizes is not Bruce Wayne but his father Thomas. Attempting to explain things to the elder Wayne, Barry retrieves his costume from his ring, but Professor Zoom's costume appears, causing Barry to believe Zoom is responsible for the timeline alteration. Barry convinces Batman to help, and Batman helps him recreate the accident that gave him his powers, but Barry is severely burned.

In London, Steve Trevor attempts to extricate reporter Lois Lane, but is discovered by the Amazons and killed. The Amazons hunt down Lane, but the local resistance rescues her. Meanwhile, in the remains of Paris, Deathstroke and Lex Luthor are attacked and killed by Aquaman's forces while tracking the energy trail of Aquaman's new weapon, which is powered by the captive Captain Atom.

At the Batcave, after realizing that his memories are changing, Barry asks Batman to recreate the accident again. The second attempt results in success and Barry's powers are restored, but he discovers he cannot travel through time because Zoom is also using the Speed Force. Barry recruits more allies, beginning with Superman, who is a prisoner of the U.S. government after his ship crashed into Metropolis. With the aid of Batman and Cyborg, they liberate Superman, who is empowered by Earth's yellow sun for the first time and fends off the facility's security then flies off in fear and confusion. Barry collapses as his memories continue to change.

Barry is taken to Billy Batson's home to recuperate, and learns that Jordan's attack has failed and that the final battle between the Amazons and Atlanteans has begun. Barry convinces the superheroes to help stop the war and they depart for Britain aboard Batman's jet, only to be shot down upon arrival. Batson and his siblings combine into Captain Thunder to fight Wonder Woman, while Barry, Cyborg and Batman occupy Aquaman. Batman is wounded. Zoom reveals himself and explains that Barry is responsible for this alternate timeline: Barry traveled back in time to save his mother, fracturing the fabric of reality. Wonder Woman uses her lasso to force Captain Thunder back into Batson and kills him; Superman arrives but cannot save Cyborg from Aquaman, who then remotely detonates his Captain Atom-powered bomb. As the explosion tears across the landscape, Zoom mocks Barry but is killed by Batman. The dying Batman urges Barry to run, giving him a letter addressed to his son. Barry races back in time and stops his earlier self but again fractures time, creating another alternate timeline.

Barry awakens at his desk and finds that reality is apparently back to normal. After spending a moment with Iris at his mother's grave, Barry visits Bruce Wayne to tell him about everything that occurred. Barry gives Bruce the letter from his father, and Wayne thanks Barry, who then runs off. In a post-credits scene, a Boom Tube opens in space above Earth and a horde of Parademons emerges.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (Soundtrack from the DC Universe Animated Original Movie)
Film score by Frederik Wiedmann
Released September 10th, 2013
Length 59:04
Label La-La Land Records

The soundtrack to Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox was released on September 10, 2013. The music was composed by Frederik Wiedmann.[3]

Tracklist

Reception[edit]

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox received generally positive reviews. 147 users of Rotten Tomatoes favored it, with an average rating of 4.3/5.[4] Over 14,000 IMDb users gave it an average rating of 8.2/10.[5]

Critics and audience said that the film stays true to its source material. It is generally praised for its mature story line and the way Flash obtains justice, but criticized it for its excessive violence and use of blood that exceeds the comics it is adapted from. Some questioned its PG-13 rating because of the graphic nature of Professor Zoom's death, and the gruesome deaths of other characters, including children.[6]

IGN gave a Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox 8.5/10, and said it has outdone its source material. It called the style "sleek and hard-hitting", praised C. Thomas Howell's voice acting which it said brought "unnerving dread", and stated that it is the "most hardcore DC animated movie to date", although it also warns against the level of violence and said the numerous cameos "detract from the main story".[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox - DVD Sales". The Numbers. Nash Information Service. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ The Next DC Animated Movie – Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (DC Comics)
  3. ^ "New "Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox" Soundtrack Release Available Today". Worldsfinestonline.com. Retrieved 2013-09-12. 
  4. ^ "Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013)". imdb. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox". The World's Finest. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Flashpoint Paradox spins an alternative tale.". IGN. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 

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