DVD Review – Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
Once again, DC Comics manages to do what Marvel Comics cannot: make a decent direct to DVD animated movie.
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox is the first Flash-centric animated movie from DC Entertainment. The story is familiar, at least to those of us who read the Flashpoint miniseries that kicked off the New 52 line.
After the Flash and the Justice League defeat the Rogues (Captain Cold, Captain Boomerang, Mirror Master, Heat Wave, and Zoom the Reverse Flash), everything seems okay. That is until Barry Allen wakes up in a world unfamiliar to him. It is a world on the brink of Armageddon as a war between the Amazons and Atlanteans have destroyed Europe and threaten the world. Worse still, Barry soon discovers that he no longer has his Flash powers. Now he must try to save the world and regain his connection to the Speed Force.
It is an alternate reality story, one that, presented here, is actually quite well done. This new world is a scary. Wonder Woman and Aquaman leads their respective people in a brutal war against each other. Bruce Wayne died in crime alley, making his father Thomas Wayne adopt the identity of the Batman to fight crime in Gotham with extreme prejudice. And Barry must find out how to return to his own timeline, or die in this one.
Do not be fooled by the fact this is a cartoon. It is rated PG-13 for a reason, but all of it shows how far the world has gone wrong from what the Flash remembers. This movie also maintains its focus, not diverging from the initial mini-series into the tie-in series that had accompanied Flashpoint. It is definitely a DVD that you need to add to your DC Comics animated collection.
- SDCC: “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox” Cast, Crew Tease Animated New 52 (comicbookresources.com)
- Review: Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (nerdsagainsttheworlddotnet.wordpress.com)
- ‘Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox’ Review (screenrant.com)