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Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. An Animated Autopsy
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A brief overview:
The latest in Animated films from the DC Universe is Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox is an animated rendition of the DC comic book crossover called Flashpoint. The movie features a good portion of the Justice League (The Justice League of America version) and a wide variety of Villains.
This animated version has kept the art styles from the previous Justice League movie Justice League: Crises on Two Worlds and for me that is very important. It always ticks me off when I watch an animated movie that has a different art style than the movie in the same series that came before it, even if they are stand alone movies.
This movie is the bloodiest most gritty of the entire DC Animated Universe to date. It shows brutal deaths of citizens, Villains, Heroes, even children! This single movie has more blood and killing it in than all other animated DC movies and shows combined, trust me because I've seen them all. This one is a hardcore film for all hero lovers. Whether you love DC or Marval, you need to see this movie
Regular Timeline CharactersClick thumbnail to view full-size
Alternate Timeline CharactersClick thumbnail to view full-size
Major Characters Featured.
- The Flash (Barry Allen)
- Batman (Bruce Wayne)
- Superman (Clark Kent)
- Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)
- Cyborg (Victor Stone)
- Wonder Woman (Diana)
- Aquaman (No alter ego)
- Professor Zoom
- Mirror Master
- Captain Boomerang
- Captain Gold
Alternate Timeline Heroes:
- The Flash (Barry Allen)
- Batman (Thomas Wayne, Bruce Wayne's father)
- Cyborg (Victor Stone)
- "Captain Thunder" an alternate version of Captain Marval (Billy Bastion and 5 unnamed children)
- Superman (never became Clark Kent)
- Captain Atom (Nathaniel Adam)
- Grifter (Cole Cash)
- Lex Luthor
- DeathStroke (Slade)
- Hal Jordan (does not become Green Lantern)
Alternate Timeline Villains:
- Diana (Wonder Woman)
- Black Manta
- "The Joker" a female version that is never actually shown (Martha Wayne, Bruce Wayne's mother)
Plot.*SOME SPOILERS. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED*
The basic plot of Flashpoint Paradox is that the Flash is baited by Professor Zoom to go back in time using his Super Speed to save his mother from the Home Invader that killer her when he was only a child. By doing so that he changes the time stream very slightly, but as any one who has ever seen anything involving time travel, slightly is more than enough. By making that small change he sends tiny ripples through the time stream that alter things just a bit to where the outcomes become drastically different. The bullet the killed Thomas and Martha Wayne when Bruce was a child? Curved ever so slightly, and hit Bruce instead. The space pod carrying Superman that crash landed in Smallvillle? Trajectory changed ever so slighly and crashed into Metropolis, where the Gov't nabs up the baby Kal-el instead of the Kents'. The accident that gave the Flash his powers? Never happened because he was home with his Mother instead of experimenting. And without those factors, the Justice League never forms. So Aquaman never leaves Atlantis and befriends the human world, and Diana (Wonder Woman) never leaves Themyscira and befriends the humans, thus never becoming Wonder Woman at all.
In this reality Diana and Aquaman are in a war with each other, and the rest of the world is dragged in it as well. Diana invades the U.K. and renames it New Themyscira because Aquaman thoroughly thrashes their island home so they need a bigger home. In retaliation Aquaman uses a WMD and sinks a good portion of the U.K. underwater. The U.S. is initially un-involved directly in the war, but is preparing for it's inevitable inclusion. The U.S. is trying to get all of it's Metahumans (Super Heroes and Villains) on one side to help. The President of the U.S. even goes so far as to enlist the help of Lex Luthor and Deathstroke to try to stop Aquaman.
There isn't much else I can say without spoiling any real details, and I don't wanna do that. But just know, this is by far the most "mature" DC Animated film to date. A lot of Superheroes and Villains meet a very gruesome and sometimes graphic death, even a child. This one is a great watch for any fan of heroes.
It kind-of reminds me a bit of the movie The Watchmen in that there isn't a perfect happy ending for everyone, and in this case, certainly not the Flash.
My favorite thing about the movie:
I think what I found most interesting about the movie was the way the directors and writers did the back stories of the Alternate Timeline characters, especially The Batman, but I will save him for last because I think his is the best.
Superman- I think it was a pretty good idea the way they did the Alt Superman because if they had made him the same way he was in the Reg Timeline then I feel the movie would have went bad, mainly because he would have overpowerd both Aquaman and Diana in an instant. I think making him a weaker, more cowardice version worked out great.
Aquaman and Diana- The whole way the war was started is genius to me. Good 'ole fashioned Troy style with a twist. King (Aquaman) cheats on Wife (Aquawoman) with the queen(Diana) of a distant land. Wife finds out, attacks other queen. Queen kills wife. King gets super pissed and we get WWIII.
Batman and The Joker: What if instead of killing Thomas and Martha Wayne, that mugger in Crime Ally kills Bruce instead? Well, Thomas kills the mugger first off, then everything goes downhill from there. Martha goes completely insane becoming The Joker and Thomas is ridden with guilt becoming The Batman, with way less morals and a whole lot of guns. Although The Joker never actually gets any screen time they did release concept art that of what The Joker was going to look like, and it is amazing.
The rest of the Characters don't see any major differences from their Reg Timeline counterparts, accept some Alt Timeline Villains are working for their Alt Timeline Hero/Villains, such as Black Manta working for Aquaman and Huntress and Enchantress working for Diana.