summary: A pair of Grey's Anatomy doctors will spend their summer hiatus saving lives in a different way. Justin Chambers and Kevin McKidd don cape and cowl to star in the upcoming animated superhero adventure Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.
The film — based on Flashpoint, a 2011 comic book miniseries by writer Geoff Johns and artist Andy Kubert — will be released on July 30 in Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand and digital download formats from Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. .....
Warner Home Video Releases New “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox” Images And Video Clip
Warner Home Video has released new images and a clip from the upcoming Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox animated feature. Slated to hit shelves July 30th, 2013, the animated feature is based on the recent DC Comics mini-series event “Flashpoint,” which resulted in the creation of the publisher’s current “The New 52″ initiative. Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox continues the successful ongoing DC Universe Animated Original Movies line from Warner Home Video. Click on the first thumbnail below to view the new clip in the High-Definition Quicktime/MP4 format, with additional thumbnails leading to images. A clip description is also below.
Today’s clip finds Barry Allen (Flash) explaining the “Speed Force” to Batman (Thomas Wayne, in Flashpoint’s fractured timeline). Flash and Batman are voiced by Grey’s Anatomy stars Justin Chambers and Kevin McKidd, respectively.
The voice acting is solid, as expected. Justin Chambers is excellent as The Flash, giving Barry Allen the depth and characterization needed. Kevin McKidd is top notch as the Flashpoint Batman. Thomas Wayne's Caped Crusader is even more terrifying than Bruce's, but at the same time, he's just as deep character-wise. Michael B. Jordan (who's actually my top choice to play the character in live action) is perfect as Cyborg, making Victor Stone a more likable character in my eyes. C. Thomas Howell is great as the villainous Professor Zoom. Sam Daly is okay as Superman (but doesn't hold a candle to his father Tim or George Newbern), while Cary Elwes was decent as Aquaman. However, Vanessa Marshall delivers a great portrayal of Wonder Woman; I thought she was better here than in Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths. And who doesn't love Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern and Ron Perlman as Deathstroke?
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If you know this site, you know our love for the DC animated universe. So other than we love em’, what you really need to know is that of the DTV films, I hold Under the Red Hood to be the best
Justice League The Flashpoint Paradox is making a literal run for that position.
Justice League The Flashpoint Paradox is pretty much a tight adaption of Geoff Johns’ Flashpoint storyline, of which, ended the former DC continuity that rebooted everything into the New 52. You honestly don’t need that knowledge before hand going into this. The gist of the story is that after a battle with Professor Zoom, aka Reverse Flash, Barry Allen runs off. He wakes up in an alternate timeline, ala Back to the Future 2, where he’s not Flash, his mom’s alive, there’s no Superman or Justice League, Wonder Woman and Aquaman are holding WW3, and Batman carries guns. Quickly realizing that he’s in some sort of alternate reality, (because he’s a super hero, he should) he seeks the help of Batman. Why? Because Green Lantern certainly isn’t smart enough to fix this. Only, Barry finds that this Batman isn’t the Bruce he knew. Instead, this Batman is Thomas Wayne. Bruce’s dear old dead dad. Turns out in this timeline, the Joker killed Bruce and Martha. Also, it turns out that Thomas doesn’t exactly share Bruce’s standards for non lethal justice. Realizing that Professor Zoom might behind everything, Barry convinces Thomas to help him correct the timeline. But first, he has to get his powers back and stop Wonder Woman and Aquaman from killing everyone first.
That in a nutshell, is the very basic story for his avalanche of awesome that is Justice League The Flashpoint Paradox. By the time you read this, it will be available for download or to buy on DVD/Blu Ray. But at the time of my viewing, I was at the San Diego Comic Con, where in a room of 2000 people, this thing blew the roof off the convention center almost as much as the announcement of Superman/Batman did. Mind you, this was Friday night, and the other announcement was Saturday. So yeah.
When these films where first announced all the way back in 2006, the idea was to use the DTV format to tell bolder stories aimed at the older audiences. Up until Under The Red Hood, the films have maintained a certain line of low PG13. Dark Knight Returns took a couple of stabs and upping the ante, but that films director, Jay Oliva, who directed this film, took one look at that line and dared to spit on it. Flashpoint Paradox is probably the darkest, most violent DC animated film I’ve seen to date. But that’s a good thing. The level of brutality highlights the horrible changes that the Flash has to undo. As he mentions to Thomas, in his world, Arther and Diana are friends, and are all on the Justice League. Now, they’re having diplomatic sex and trying gouge each others eyes out as half the world suffers. The stark contrast of Thomas to Bruce, who not only uses guns, but doesn’t mind killing if it gets the job done hammers home the horrific changes.
In Ballroom 20, there was not a greater awe inspiring cheer of “f*** Yeah” than the moment Thomas makes his entrance into the film.
Not only is the PG13 line pushed to the limit, but the animation is top notch this time around. While I had my reserves with Superman Unbound, it looked nice. Flashpoint Paradox cackles like a hyena at Unbound’s look as gives us beautiful moments of Flash blasting through he speed force, a hulked up Aquaman taking on Deathstroke, or the final battle of Flash and Reverse Flash. All of it is stunning, and makes me question what the hell Marvel is doing sitting on their asses when they could be at least trying something like this. And Iron Man Rise of the Technovoure doesn’t count as it’s full on Anime with a weak script.
I can go on about the voice cast as well. Once again, Adrea Romano has an ear like no other and cast a great net of new actors into this universe. Most notably C Thomas Howell as the ever so evil douche Professor Zoom (Reverse Flash) But it’s Justin Chambers, Kevin McKidd and Michael B Jordan as Flash, Thomas Wayne and Cyborg that carry this film. They are the three lead acts of this play and they all knock it out of the park. Chambers really brought it as Flash, who for the first time, is the real star of one of these films. Really refreshing to see by the way. As much as I love me some Batman, and he kinda steals the show a bit, a good ol Flash story is really want I needed. Hell, this film did such a great job of showing Aquaman as a bad ass we might be lucky to see John’s New 52 work come into play down the line. Even if it’s the Battle for Atlantis storyline from the Justice League I’ll take it.
If you haven’t guessed by now, I loved this film. Every moment of it. It’s a shining example of why DC is one of the top two in the comic industry. There’s so much depth to these characters and so many roads they can travel that I dare say that future generations will talk of Superman and Batman as if they might have been Jesus himself! So go pick up Justice League The Flashpoint Paradox. Help keep this Juggernaut of a train going. While Warner’s might still be figuring out what to do with their live action department, their animation division is going powerfully strong.
Exclusive- JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE FLASHPOINT PARADOX SDCC 2013 Premiere interviews
At the premiere of the epicness that was Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox at this year’s Comic-Con we had the opportunity to speak with the cast & crew behind the 20th installment in the DC Animated DTV franchise. Check ‘em out then head out to buy your copy of this great animated adaptation.
Hard to believe it’s been just over a week since the San Diego Comic-Con came to a close. Thankfully we have little gems like the release today of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox on blu-ray/ DVD/ On-Demand. Easily one of the top 3 highlights for me personally from this year’s Comic-Con. Enjoy our chats with the people behind what may be our new number one DC Animated Film here at the Realm Cast.
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