Top 365 Films – #230 – Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013)


Top 365 Films - Justice League The Flashpoint ParadoxDIRECTED BY: Jay Oliva

STARRING: Justin Chambers, C. Thomas Howell, Michael B. Jordan, Kevin McKidd, Dee Bradley Baker, Steve Blum, Kevin Conroy, Sam Daly, Dana Delany, Grey Griffin, Cary Elwes, Vanessa Marshall, Nathan Fillion, Danny Huston, Jennifer Hale, Danny Jacobs, Peter Jessop, Hynden Welch, Candi Milo, James Patrick Stuart and Ron Perlman

BUDGET: $3.5m

EARNED (Worldwide): $4.9m

AWARDS: None

 

SYNOPSIS

After the Flash accidentally creates a ripple in the space-time continuum, he finds himself in a war torn alternate timeline and teams up with alternate versions of his fellow heroes to return home and restore the timeline.

 

We arrive at the beginning of the film where Barry Allen is lamenting his inability to save his mother when she was killed in a home invasion as a child. After he foils Professor Zoom’s plot to destroy The Flash and Central City using The Rogues, Barry wakes up the next day to discover the world has radically changed around him: his powers are gone, the Atlanteans and the Amazons are at war, destroying most of Western Europe in the process. Barry must find the other heroes in this new timeline to help him make it back home to restore the timeline.

 

The Justice League name may be in the title and the characters may appear on screen, but make no mistake, this is The Flash centric DC animated film and has been one of the best ones from them, in my view, that hasn’t even been matched yet since its release. Since it doesn’t focus on either Batman or Superman in the lead, as it were, having The Flash as the key focus makes it feel fresh for the casual viewer and gives us also a dark apocalyptic timeline of how things for our heroes may have happened differently, such as Barry getting the help of this timelines Batman, who isn’t Bruce Wayne Batman that we know and also that Wonder Woman and Aquaman are war with each other, which is consuming the Earth and ravaging the lands of Europe in particular. The animation is terrific here as is the musical score throughout while the action pieces are quick and low-key until the epic final act with major and minor DC characters pop up and get involved in a massive battle to save/end the world. The voice talent is spot on here, with Justin Chambers as Barry Allen, it’s nice to have the original voice cast such as Kevin Conroy and Nathan Fillion appear also but the highlight performance, voice wise, was C. Thomas Howell as Professor Zoom, menacingly brilliant.

 

FAVOURITE SCENE: In the new timeline we get to see what happened (sort of) with the Wayne’s in the Flashpoint timeline, while also a not so subtle reveal of who The Joker in this timeline really is. It’s a small and short scene but it has made a lasting impression. 

FAVOURITE QUOTE: ‘Accept the things you cannot change. Have the courage to change the things you can… and have the wisdom to know the difference.’ – Nora Allen

DID YOU KNOW?: In the comics, after Flash undoes the alteration to the timeline he encounters Pandora who guided him in reshaping the timeline. This reshaping led to the DC Comics reboot known as the New 52. Although the sequence is omitted from the film both Flash and Batman are seen in their New 52 outfits in the final scenes of the film.

One response to “Top 365 Films – #230 – Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013)

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