Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.
James Tucker’s latest DC animated movie is directed by Jay Oliva, delivering kinetic action with Frederik Wiedmann’s score enhancing the scenery with majestic sound. Jim Krieg wrote the script based off Geoff John’s & Andy Kubert’s Flashpoint comic.
The Scarlet Speedster Flash (Justin Chambers) finds himself in an altered universe & teams up with Batman (Kevin McKidd). A Ravaged world by the war between the Aquaman’s (Cary Elwes) Atlanteans & Wonder Woman’s (Vanessa Marshall) Amazons. With Cyborg (Michael B. Jordan), Flash hopes to prevent the Armageddon.
Phil Bourassa who was a designer on Young Justice also worked on this movie, Young Justice Fans will squeal when certain cameos drop by the screen. That isn’t to say the movie isn’t already filled with DC characters from such as Deathstroke (Ron Perlman), Hal Jordan (Nathan Fillion), Lois Lane (Dana Delany), Superman (Sam Daily, son of Tim Daily) & other various characters.
The PG-13 rating takes a full advantage, there’s blood, countless deaths from various soldiers, decapitations, child murder, head shot, brutalities & other various fatalities from the Geoff John’s mind brought to the home screen, this is not a movie for the younger DC fans, not until they’re 11.
The chemistry between Flash & Batman is the highlight, the story is bleak & towards the movie was just overbearing with unneeded violence that served the plot nowhere. Still, I can’t deny Jay Oliva’s passion for action sequences; he worked on Man of Steel as storyboard artist and now delivers a perfect example how to make a Flash movie.
Jay Oliva is the star of this commentary and he just highlights the reason I love commentaries to begin with, we have the director getting in depth about the creative process, discussing how he wants the action sequences to be played off, creative story decisions such as his personal take that Wonder Woman aligned with Hades in this universe, just great to hear the director talk about why he wanted to use these scenes from the comic, how he expanded those and simply made the movie. James Tucker, Jim Krieg & Geoff Johns also partake on the commentary, but it truly is the Jay Oliva show, rightfully so.
From the DC Vault:
Batman: the Brave & the Bold’s Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster is written by Greg Weisman, which begins like a mystery story and becomes a story of Batman, Jay Garrick, Wally West traveling to the future where they find the presumed dead Barry Allen as a captive of the tyrant Zoom, who is played by John Wesley Shipp, the Flash from the 90s television series. The dialogue is wonderful & the episode concludes with some fantastic combat between the Flash & Zoom.
Other episodes included are from the Justice League cartoon: Flash & Substance, Legends part 1 & 2, the 1st episode showcases the Rogues in very good light, the Legends is another showcase of the vast alternate realities of DC. I highly recommend the Flash & Substance episode alongside Brave & Bold’s episode to get some additional Flash animation goodness.
Flash in Time: Time travel in the Flash Universe
The title tells you everything; you have Geoff Johns, Alan Burnett, Jay Oliva & Brian Buccellatto discuss the concept of time travel in fiction starting with Cronos, Einstein’s theory of relativity, the Butterfly effect. It’s a discussion of how Flash’s science elements helped give birth to the Silver Age of comics, where everything was heavily influenced by science.
My favorite villain! The Flash Bad Guys
Geoff Johns, Brian Buccellatto & Alan Burnett discuss about Captain Cold, the Rogues, Heatwave, Mirror Master, Zoom. It gets very in depth how they view the characters from John’s view the Rogues have a code of honor, how they have these great technological wonders simply used for robbing banks, them having a beer. Buccellatto talks about his modern take on the new Flash ongoing, but I do wish they would have made this video more non-comic follower friendly, terms like “Wally West Flash” and “the New 52” say absolutely nothing to potential new fans, I felt their banter was too much aimed at already comic book fans, but then again, perhaps that can get the already comic readers to check out the Flash.
A sneak peak at Justice League: War
The next movie is an adaptation of Geoff John’s & Jim Lee’s relaunch on the Justice League, adapting the first story-arc “Origins” which was an alien invasion arc with Darkseid as the antagonist. James Tucker assures he will bring the important character dynamics with Batman & Green Lantern, Superman & Wonder alongside the Cyborg & Shazam, with the movie showing a lot of comedic elements as the greatest superheroes gather up for the 1st time.
The preview showcases sketches, voice actors such as Jason O’Mara as Batman, Steven Blum as Darkseid, & Christopher Gorham as the Flash with Michelle Monaghan as Wonder Woman. Other confirmed voice actors are Alan Tudyk (Superman), Justin Kirk (Green Lantern) & Shemar Moore (Cyborg).
Jay Oliva returns as director for the newest installment of DC DTVs, promising to keep the important features while telling the origin story in their way.