Justice League Flashpoint Paradox Review

by Dave Wilkins

I loved the multi-franchise story arc by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert that was “Flashpoint”. It was the perfect catalyst for a universe-wide reboot, and more importantly, the perfect way to showcase the Flash, his lesser-known powers, and the possible consequences of using his powers. When I heard they were making “Justice League Flashpoint Paradox” I was excited.   That didn’t last very long because I became worried that it would be too grand in scope.

After watching the film I realized there was no reason for me to worry.  Screenwriter Jim Krieg did an amazing job of making sure all the best parts of the comic made the cut. Let me make this abundantly clear: “Justice League Flashpoint Paradox” is not for kids, and that’s what makes it even better- the fact that the violence wasn’t dumbed down for the kiddos.

This is a time of war between Atlantis and the Amazons, and the rest of the world is stuck in the middle; no one is safe. The Flash wakes with no powers or friends and it’s up to him to fix everything. Even Aquaman is more badass then you would think, and seeing how the Flash is willing to do anything just to make the world right again. They did go a different route when it came to designing Aquaman I wasn’t really a fan he seemed like kind of douche but Cary Elwes did an amazing job voicing the Emperor of the Seas.

The animation is amazing, the voice acting is award worthy, and the story is great. As I said above, Jim Krieg managed to fit a lot into the 75 minute run time. When I say the voice acting is award worthy I truly mean it, the performances from C. Thomas Howell, Nathan Fillion, Vanessa Marshall, Kevin McKidd, Justin Chambers, and Michael B. Jordan are the best of any of the DC animated films. Its hard to really delve into the details of everything and what makes this movie awesome without a ton of spoilers, so I want to talk about the stuff in the comic that wasn’t in the movie.

Where was Booster Gold?? He was one of the only three people that remembered the original timeline and battled Doomsday! People need to start giving Booster Gold some credit. Also, far too little was seen of Lois Lane and the Resistance. I never knew there was a Canterbury Cricket, but after reading the one-shot “Flashpoint: The Canterbury Cricket” and “Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance,” he is pretty cool.

It is never explained that Captain Cold/Citizen Cold is a “hero” (in the loosest sense of the term) in the alternate timeline or that he had a huge falling out with the rogues.

I wish we were able see more from “Deathstroke & the Curse of the Ravager” in “Flashpoint Paradox.”  We only get a taste and that sucks, because Deathstroke makes for a really cool anti-hero.

Even with these things missing, “Justice League Flashpoint Paradox” was just what the Flash franchise needed to get a live action movie greenlit.

Final Verdict for “Justice League Flashpoint Paradox”:

5 out of 5

If you are interseted in reading all of the issues relating to the Flashpoint story arch I have your helpful guide below.