It’s about time I got around to doing this.
I did a short off the cuff review of the movie on my radio show a couple of weeks ago but I figured I should probably go ahead and do a written review for it.
To give a brief description, The Flashpoint Paradox is based on a crossover event that was in DC Comics in 2011 and reveals a timeline that was accidentally created by the Flash. It details the changes that he caused and his journey to go back in time and fix things.
Flashpoint Paradox was directed by Jay Oliva (who I had on my show a few weeks ago) who also directed the animated adaptation of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns (see review of that movie here).
It is a great movie. It really follows the comic book version pretty accurately and there are only minor changes that were made that did not seem to affect the storyline one bit. It’s hard to not like it being a sucker for alternative timeline/universe stories but this story about a gritty, edgy, near apocalyptic DC universe does not disappoint one bit. Jay Oliva and team really put together an outstanding piece of animated excellence.
If you have not read the source material, which was written by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert, it won’t matter but keep in mind it reveals a DC universe that you may not be used to. Also, be warned that if you are a Superman fan and are expecting to see Superman (it is a Justice League movie after all) you might be a bit disappointed. However, if you have read the Flashpoint series and you are a fan of it, you will love this film.
If you are a fan of Flash, you will love this film. If you are a fan of Cyborg, you will love this film. If you are a fan of Batman, well, you are in for quite a surprise.
The animation itself is exceptional and the action sequences are top-notch. Jay Oliva and company have outdone themselves in those regards. This is not your typical Justice League animated movie. It is epic. I can’t wait to see Oliva’s future animated ventures.
The Flashpoint Paradox is one hell of a ride and it is definitely worth checking out for comic fans and just plain ole science fiction fans alike.