When Justice League: FlashPoint Paradox was released back in 2013, I think I was one of the first people to see it. I was extremely excited and remember enjoying it thoroughly. But then life got in the way and I have not watched it since then. While at work one day, I was scrolling through the channels (there is a TV near my desk) and lo and behold – SyFy channel was actually playing it! Figuring that I was not going to get much work done that day, I decided to watch it.
For those that are unfamiliar with this film, FlashPoint Paradox is the story of Barry Allen (The Flash) traveling to the past to stop the murder of his mother when he was a child. However, that small change created a world where the Justice League does not exist, Aquaman and Wonder Woman have plunged the world into war, and the Fastest Man Alive is just another man. Powerless and alone, Barry turns to Batman for help to get his powers back. Together, alongside the warped versions of the men and women he once fought with to set things back to the way they were. Barry has to hurry though, as his memories of the reality he came from begin to fade.
There are so many reasons I love this film. A lot of the FlashPoint comics have become personal favorites of mine (FlashPoint: Batman – Knight of Vengeance is especially good). There is something especially interesting to me about the alternate universes. This movie followed the format of those comics beautifully. I loved the fact that Batman is darker and more brutal. Towards the beginning of the film – after Barry enters the alternate universe – we see Batman facing off with Harley Quinn. He threatens her with a knife and then tosses her off the roof. Cyborg actually had to swoop down and save her. When Cyborg questions Batman about the move he shrugs it off. His drinking and the nonchalant attitude towards the loss of life is very different from our usual Batman. I also love the ruthlessness of Wonder Woman and the Amazonians. They are locked in a battle with Aquaman and the Atlanteans and she actually orders her soldiers to kill them all. This battle seemed even more interesting to me with the recent release of the live action Justice League film. I could just see Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa using equal parts ferocity and cunning to defeat each other on the big screen. Although the sad fact is, the cartoon Wonder Woman has shown more qualities of leadership than her live action counter part. The Flash has always been a secondary character for me. I just never found him to be terribly interesting. That remained to be true in this film for me. He threw all the characters into this mess and pretty much relied on the rest of the Justice League members to solve it. Now, I’m not saying I don’t like Flash – he’s just not one of my favorites. Zoom really stood out for me in opposition. One of my favorite moments of him in this film is when he is taunting Flash . He said “You didn’t stop JFK from being assasinated, or make sure Hitler stayed in art school. You saved your mommy. And in a supreme act of selfishness, shattered history like a rank amateur, turned the world into a living hell moments away from destruction, and I’m the villain?”. It was a great moment of realization. Superheroes are super, but they are fully capable of making mistakes like the rest of us. It’s just that usually when one of us makes a mistake, it doesn’t have catastrophic consequences.
Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox was just as enjoyable as the first time I watched it. I have always loved the animated DC films, as they feel more authentic to the comics. I highly recommend everyone watch this movie at some point. Especially with the introduction of the Justice League in the live action films!