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 and 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 $4,274,415[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 Eobard Thawne/Professor Zoom as part of a plan to destroy Central City. With the help of the Justice League, Flash foils Zoom's plot, but Thawne 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. Arthur Curry/Aquaman and his Atlantean forces have sunk most of Europe, while Princess Diana/Wonder Woman has led the Amazons in conquering Great Britain, and both forces are now at war after an attempted alliance between them led to an affair between Aquaman and Wonder Woman, and the latter murdering Aquaman's wife Mera after a confrontation. Victor Stone/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 Thawne is responsible for the timeline alteration. Barry convinces Thomas to help, and Thomas 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 Lois, but the local resistance rescues her. Meanwhile, in the remains of Paris, Slade Wilson/Deathstroke and Lex Luthor are attacked and killed by Arthur's forces while tracking the energy trail of Arthur'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 Clark Kent/Kal-El/Superman, who is a prisoner of the U.S. Government after his ship crashed into Metropolis. With the aid of Thomas and Victor, they liberate Kal-El, 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 Hal'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 Thomas' jet, only to be shot down upon arrival. Billy and his siblings combine into Captain Thunder to fight Diana, while Barry, Victor and Bruce occupy Arthur but Thomas is wounded. Then Thawne returns and fights Barry but tells him that Barry responsible for this alternate timeline: Barry traveled back in time to save his mother, fracturing the fabric of reality and leading to the current future. Diana uses her lasso to force Captain Thunder back into Billy and kills him; Kal-El arrives but cannot save Victor from Arthur, who then remotely detonates his Captain Atom-powered bomb. As the explosion tears across the landscape, Thawne mocks Barry but is killed by Thomas. The dying Thomas 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 Bruce 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]

Differences between the comics and film[edit]

There were some differences seen between the comics and the film:

  • In the comics, Lex Luthor was with his father Lionel Luthor when they first saw a captive Kal-El. In the movie, Lex is working alongside Deathstroke.
  • Kaldur'ahm and Black Manta are part of Aquaman's army in the film version.
  • In the comics, Lois is not originally a spy, she is reporting with Jimmy Olsen from Paris. When the Atlanteans sink Western Europe, Jimmy is killed by the rushing water, but not before handing off his camera to Lois. When Cyborg attempts to contact Jimmy through the Camera and gets Lois instead, she agrees to spy for the US Government.
  • In the film, Batman is interrogating Yo-Yo for information on where The Joker is keeping Judge Dent. In the comic Joker took Judge Dent's children.
  • When Lois is "saved" from the waters by the Themyscirans, she is sent to a training facility for Amazons and taught to fight there. After she is found to be a spy, she escapes from the facility and is on the run.
  • In the comics, Nathaniel Adam controls the body of "Project Six." In the film, Aquaman has weaponized Captain Atom into a Doomsday device.
  • Hal Jordan does not initially fly a suicide mission in the comic, he flies an F-35 with a Green Arrow Industries nuclear bomb to blow through New Themyscira's invisible shield, however, the firing mechanism jams and he sends the plane and bomb into the invisible shield protecting New Themyscira to take it down. In the movie, he flies Abin Sur's space ship in an attempt to destroy Aquaman's bomb, but is killed by a sea monster controlled by Aquaman.
  • In the comics, an Amazonian warrior killed Billy Batson after Enchantress casts a spell to quell Captain Thunder. In the movie, Wonder Woman kills him after she uses her lasso to force the Captain into speaking the transformation word.
  • In the comics, Kal-El arrived and killed Enchantress by landing on her as he flew in. In the movie, he saves Cyborg from Aquaman by severing his arm with heat vision.
  • In the comics, Batman kills Professor Zoom by stabbing him in the back with an Amazon sword. In the movie, Batman kills Professor Zoom by shooting him in the head.
  • Before fixing the timestream after receiving the letter from Thomas Wayne, the Flash runs to his mother and explains what happened in order to save her life. She asks him to let her go and forget saving her life so he can save millions of others. In the movie, he apologizes to her in thought while fixing the timeline, without talking directly to her (although this may have originally been included but later omitted).
  • In the comics, Professor Zoom, who had traveled back in time, murdered Nora Allen. The movie leaves the identity of Nora's killer unrevealed.
  • In the comics, upon undoing his alteration of the timeline, the Flash encountered a mysterious woman named Pandora (an interpretation of the Greek mythology figure of the same name) within the timestream who guided him in reshaping it, initiating a reboot of DC's continuity known as "The New 52". This is omitted from the film, but is alluded to in the final scenes, which depict the Flash and Batman in altered costumes that have changed to their New 52 designs.

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 10th, 2013. The music was composed by Frederik Wiedmann.[3] The soundtrack listing:

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] 6300 IMDb users gave it an average rating of 8.0/10.[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 2014-08-26. 
  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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