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DVD Shopping Bag: Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox

The best one yet?!

By Robert T. Trate     August 06, 2013
Source: Mania.com

Greetings Maniacs. Sorry if this one is a week behind, but I finally got the chance to watch Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox. In a word, wow. To step back for just a second, I will have to go one record in saying that I am not an avid reader of The Flash. Actually, my knowledge of the character only goes so far. I did love the TV series that featured John Wesley Shipp in the early nineties. Outside of a few comics I picked up here and there (usually crossovers), the character just doesn’t interest me.  What interested me here was the parallel universe and alternate timeline. Plus, who doesn’t want to see the adventures of Thomas Wayne as Batman? I had heard good things about the Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox right here on Mania. Our community is always quick with their opinions. When several Maniacs had commented that it was the best one yet, I tried not to set the bar too high. In fact, outside of Kevin Conroy not being Batman in The Dark Knight Returns (parts 1 and 2) I thought those films were Warner Brothers greatest achievements in animation. As for the best translation, All Star Superman hit me right where it should have. However, I feel as if Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox might be the best single produced film to come from DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation. 
 
For those of you who haven’t read “The Flashpoint” comic, the premise is pretty simple. The Flash (Barry Allen, voiced by Justin Chambers) wakes up with the world on the brink of destruction. Aquaman (Carey Elwes) and Wonder Woman (Vanessa Marshall) are in the mix of an all out war between their two kingdoms. What’s at stake? Mankind’s very existence. Cybrog (Michael B. Jordan) has been tasked by the President of the United States to gather up all the Meta Humans and stop them. Cybrog needs Batman (Kevin McKidd) as the lynchpin in his plan. The only reason The Flash cannot go off and join the fight is, Barry Allen never was the Flash in this universe. Barry has all of his memories from the previous universe, it’s just that now he doesn’t have the speed he is accustomed to. Barry’s first plan is to seek out Batman for help.   
 
One of the great twists to this story (and believe me there are plenty) is having Thomas Wayne as the Dark Knight. This Batman’s origin is revealed and it has a dark outcome. Thomas Wayne now seeks out injustice dressed as a Bat. This is a darker Batman than perhaps we have ever seen before. Here, it is a great plot device and a reflection of how far away from our heroes this world is. 
 
Eventually, Barry does indeed become the Flash again. The appeal to the non comic book reader is discovering what happened to the other heroes. With the changes present, we all want to see what happened to the Green Lantern, Lex Luthor, and Superman. Answers are coming and surprising. What I found appealing were subtle reveals to characters like Deathstroke, Captain Cold, Clayface, and Captain Thunder. Look hard enough and you’ll see plenty of great cameos.
 
What genre fans and fans of these animated features will appreciate is that in no way is this one for the kiddies. To be honest, don’t the kids have enough already? With a series like Teen Titans Go! existing, shouldn’t the older fans get the stories they want, too? Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox is rated PG-13, a fact I had to double check after numerous occurrences that transpired on screen. I knew if it was Rated R, there would have been a big to-do about the film. Though, for a brief second, I thought perhaps it was unrated. I wonder what they did cut out of the film. The realism of this universe is exactly what the fans want and got. 
 
Now, violence and “realistic dialogue” don’t usually bode well for a great story. In fact, those two things usually ruin a good story. Jay Oliva and James Krieg tell an incredible story about consequences and redemption. How close this is to Geoff John’s original story is something that I want to now discover. Each of us would love to go back and change one thing in our lives. Here, we see the consequences of what might happen if we had the power to do so. Their story reveals the power of knowing what is the right and wrong thing to do with the power you are given. It’s a fitting morality tale wrapped in the world of superheroes.
 

ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS

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King of the Streets [Blu-ray] Starring Yue Song, Li Yufei, Kang En and Yang Jianping

Mud Starring Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland

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On the Road Starring Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart and Sam Riley

Passenger 57 [Blu-ray] Starring Wesley Snipes, Bruce Payne and Tom Sizemore

Paparazzi (2004)

Quicksilver [Blu-ray] Starring Kevin Bacon, Jami Gertz and Paul Rodriguez

Quicksilver Starring Kevin Bacon, Jami Gertz and Paul Rodriguez

White Water Summer Starring Kevin Bacon, Sean Astin, Jonathan Ward and K.C. Martel

ANIME

Berserk: Golden Age Arc II - Battle for Doldrey [Blu-ray]

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Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail [Blu-ray] Starring Maryke Hendrikse, Brad Swaile, Dean Redman

Dirty Pair: The Original TV Series, Part 2 (Litebox)

Endless Serenade

Garden of Words (2013)

Garden of Words [Blu-ray] Starring Miyu Irino, Kana Hanazawa, Fumi Hirano and Gou Maeda

Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai) (Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo)Starring Jerry Jewell, Jad Saxton, Whitney Rogers and Kanae Ito

Holy Virgins

CARTOONS

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Oliver & Company: 25th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray/ DVD Combo Pack) Starring Billy Joel, Joey Lawrence, Robert Loggia and Cheech Marin

Robin Hood-40th Anniversary Edition (DVD + Digital Copy) Starring Brian Bedford, Pat Buttram, Andy Devine and Monica Evans

Robin Hood: 40th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) Starring Brian Bedford, Pat Buttram, Andy Devine and Monica Evans

The Sword in the Stone (50th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] Starring Ricky Sorenson, Karl Swenson, Norman Alden

Sword in the Stone: 50th Anniversary Edition (DVD + Digital Copy) Starring Ricky Sorenson, Karl Swenson, Norman Alden

CLASSICS

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The Man Who Knew Too Much [Blu-ray] Starring James Stewart and Doris Day

COMEDY AND LOVE Mania Style

Ishtar [Blu-ray] Starring Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman

Lucas [Blu-ray] (1986)

Pick Up Artist [Blu-ray] (1987)

Silver Streak [Blu-ray] Starring Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Jill Clayburgh

Criterion Collection

The Earrings of Madame De... (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] Starring Danielle Darrieux, Charles Boyer, Vittorio De Sica

HORROR

5 Souls Starring Allison McAtee, Ian Bohen, Kristina Anapau

Absence (Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack) Starring Erin Way, Eric Matheny, Ryan Smale and Stephanie Scholz

Aftershock [Blu-ray] Starring Eli Roth, Nicolas Martinez, Ariel Levy and Andrea Osvárt

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The Cloth Starring Danny Trejo, Eric Roberts, Rachel Brooke Smith

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Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal [Blu-ray] Starring Thure Lindhardt, Georgina Reilly and Dylan Smith

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Fear Not Starring Dustin Fitzsimons, Aaron Perilo, Lucas Alifano

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Gallowwalkers

Jack the Reaper Starring Tony Todd, Sally Kirkland and Douglas Tait

Magic Magic Starring Michael Cera and Juno Temple

Obsessive Reaction (2013)

Perfect Creature (2006)

Schoolgirl Apocalypse Starring Higarino

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SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY / SUPERHERO

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Battlestar Galactica 35th Anniversary [Blu-ray] Starring Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene

Oblivion (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) Starring Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko

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The Pagemaster [Blu-ray] (1994)

Swamp Thing (BluRay/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray] Starring Louis Jourdan, Adrienne Barbeau and Ray Wise

Wing Commander [Blu-ray] Starring Freddie Prinze Jr., Matthew Lillard, Saffron Burrows

Wing Commander (1999)

TV LAND

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Community: The Complete Fourth Season Starring Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover and Chevy Chase

Strike Back: The Complete Second Season (Cinemax) (Blu-ray)

Strike Back: The Complete Second Season (Cinemax)

Twilight Zone: The Complete Fourth Season Starring Rod Serling, Ann Jillian, Anne Francis and Bill Bixby

BOX SETS

Charlie Chan: Collection

Riddick Collection Starring Claudia Black, Cole Hauser, Colm Feore and Judi Dench

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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redhairs99 8/6/2013 7:15:47 AM

Haven't had a chance to watch this just yet.  I picked it put last week.  I did manage to find a little bit of time to watch a couple of the featurettes, which honestly, are the number reason I pick up these animated movies from DCU.  The bonus features on all these are awesome and loaded with tons of cool behind-the-scenes for the fans.  I especially loved the documentary they did for the making of the original Death of Superman storyline in the comics and how that evolved.

And sorry for the correction, Bob, but It's The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 and 2.  Rises was the movie. ;)

millean 8/6/2013 7:18:27 AM

It was a great animated movie and one of my favorites DC has put out yet.  This is one of the few stories they have translated to film that I was not familiar with the source material.  The only issue I had with it is I didn't quite understand how Zoom was the mastermind behind the paradox (or at least had the memories from the original timeline).  I'm assuming that was covered better in the comics?  I may need to go pick up a copy...

 

Tevii 8/6/2013 9:09:51 AM

Loved this movie. Im not sure what is my favorite, this or The Dark Knight Returns. I think this one but its close.

It stays close to the comic, but there are certain elements that i understood better in the cartoon ONLY because I read the comic.

The joining of Wonder Woman and Aquaman was explained much better in the comic (or at least tie in minseries). Abin Sur Green Lantern never died at all. (which is better because why woudlnt Hal get the ring? somehow he isnt able to overcome fear in this version?)

 

Wyldstaar 8/6/2013 11:10:04 AM

I found Flashpoint Paradox to be one of the best animated releases from WB so far.  Very well done and highly recommended.  I was a bit disturbed to see that this movie is in the kids display at Target stores alongside My Little Pony and Disney's Robin Hood, though.  Definitely not a childrens film.

 

dojen1 8/6/2013 12:29:13 PM

Saw it last weekend. I agree with Mr. Trate; perhaps the best DCU animated film so far. Definitely NOT for the kiddie-winkies.   

goirish83 8/6/2013 1:45:38 PM

This was an awesome comic series when it was released by DC.  This animated version is great, I was very surprised at the violence for a cartoon.  I was not, however, very fond of the animation style of this release.

redhairs99 8/7/2013 6:51:11 AM

Finally watched this after work yesterday.  It was really good overall.  Only thing I didn't care for was some of the character designs in particular Superman and Aquaman.  I'm not overly wild about the Japanese Anime look to the aniamtion in some of these DCU features.  If I'm watching an Anime, it doesn't bother me.  Akira, Golgo 13, Vampire Hunter D, sure, but DCU Anime?  Not so much.  This wasn't as bad as Gotham Knights, but it still bugged me a little.  It didn't ruin my overall enjoyment though.

RobertTrate 8/7/2013 11:30:10 AM

 Agreed redhairs, the animation does little for me... however the story was so good it washed away the Anime!

Chopsaki 8/7/2013 12:52:58 PM

Probably the most interesting story told to date. My only complaints were the Superman annimation and not getting to see the entire league working together which I always enjoy in JL movies. One of the best if not the best DCU movie so far.

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