Movie Review- Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox

01 Justice_League_-_The_Flashpoint_ParadoxFlashpoint was a mini-series in the DC Universe that changed the “New Earth” reality into the “Earth Prime,” giving DC Comics a total reboot and becoming the New 52.

Brought to us by Warner Premier and directed by Jay Olivia, this adaption of the comic book series takes many liberties, but overall keeps to the original storyline.

The story goes that, after Flash and the Justice League stop Flash’s arch nemesis Professor Zoom from destroying Central City, Barry Allen (Flash’s alter ego) wakes in a strange world where Atlantis and Amazon Island are in a war that is threatening to destroy the Earth. Confused and powerless, he travels to Gotham City he meets a much more violent and gritty Batman (instead of Bruce’s parents dying, Bruce died and Thomas Wayne became Batman.) This Batman helps him regain his powers and searches for a way to undo the damage to the time stream.

I applaud the adaption of the comic book. However, they seemed to draw oversized chests on Superman and Aquaman. Instead of doing more traditional artwork, they did it anime style, with slightly too much animated blood and gore. I have to admit, I did miss some of the support cast that was left out of the movie, I’m sure for time’s sake. These are my only complaints. Aside from that, I thought that it captured the comic book’s essence and the producers did an overall good job of bringing it to life.  It was great to hear Kevin Conroy return as Batman and Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern.  Also, Justin Chambers as the Flash was a great choice. He truly brought life to the character.

PARENT CONCERNS: animated violence, blood, gore, mild language, innuendo, and sci-fi action

CAST

Justin Chambers as Barry Allen / The Flash

Kevin McKidd as Thomas Wayne / Batman

Michael B. Jordan as Victor Stone / Cyborg

C. Thomas Howell as Eobard Thawne / Professor Zoom

Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan / Green Lantern

Ron Perlman as Slade Wilson / Deathstroke

Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne / Batman

Dana Delany as Lois Lane

Cary Elwes as Aquaman

Vanessa Marshall as Wonder Woman

Danny Huston as General Sam Lane

Sam Daly as Superman

Steve Blum as Lex Luthor

Dee Bradley Baker as Etrigan, Top

Grey DeLisle as Nora Allen, Young Barry Allen, Martha Wayne

Jennifer Hale as Iris Allen

Danny Jacobs as Grifter

Peter Jessop as Dr. Vulko

Lex Lang as Captain Atom

Candi Milo as Persephone

Kevin Michael Richardson as President

Andrea Romano as Doris

James Patrick Stuart as Steve Trevor

Hynden Walch as Yo-Yo

 

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