‘Justice League: Flashpoint’ Animated Movie – First Image, Release Date & Synopsis

Published 2 years ago by , Updated April 6th, 2013 at 5:48 pm,

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For the past twenty-plus years, Warner Bros. and DC Comics have basically dominated the animated superhero market, from their TV shows – namely, Batman: The Animated Series – to their multitudinous animated movies. And despite the fact that the legendary Bruce Timm is stepping down from his role as supervising producer of the DC Universe Animated Movies, it looks like DC will continue to dominate that market for the foreseeable future.

After Superman Unbound, the next animated movie scheduled to be released is Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, an adaptation of the 2011 (Flash-centric) comic book crossover by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert. Today, the first image, a release date, and a synopsis for the film have been released.

The comic book version of Flashpoint saw Flash awaken in an alternate reality where he had no powers and all the superheroes therein were unlike the ones from his timeline. It was sort of like DC’s version of The Age of Apocalypse.

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From the cover of ‘Flashpoint’ #3 by Andy Kubert

Batman wasn’t Bruce Wayne – he was Thomas Wayne, a vengeful man who donned the cape and cowl after his son (Bruce) was murdered. Superman wasn’t raised by down-to-Earth midwesterners, he was raised in a government facility, which had transformed him into a very skinny, frail-looking goth.  Hal Jordan never became Green Lantern because Abin Sur was never killed. And Aquaman‘s Atlanteans and Wonder Woman‘s Amazons had been at war for years – a war that had flooded most of Europe and cost millions of lives in the process.

Ultimately, Flashpoint wasn’t particularly successful or beloved, as far as comic book crossovers go. At this point, it’s mostly noteworthy as the impetus – though it wasn’t initially designed as such – for DC’s The New 52, the most significant continuity reboot in all of comic book history (after Crisis on Infinite Earths, that is).

The DVD, Blu-ray, On Demand, and digital release for the animated adaptation of Flashpoint has been scheduled for July 30th, 2013, two months after Unbound. Here’s the first official image from the film:


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Alas, if you were hoping that the artistic style of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox would resemble Andy Kubert’s style – as Batman: The Dark Knight Returns emulated Frank Miller’s – you’re likely to be disappointed here. Frankly, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise; DC Universe Animated Movies rarely resemble their comic book counterparts (Batman: Year One and The Dark Knight Returns being the standouts) and Kubert’s style would’ve been difficult to recreate via animation regardless of budget.

Finally, check out the synopsis below:

When time travel allows a past wrong to be righted for The Flash and his family, the ripples of the event prove disastrous as a fractured, alternate reality now exists where a Justice League never formed, and even Superman is nowhere to be found. Teaming with a grittier, more violent Dark Knight and Cyborg, Flash races to restore the continuity of his original timeline while this new world is ravaged by a fierce war between Wonder Woman’s Amazons and Aquaman’s Atlanteans. With breath taking action and an all-star voice cast, it’s a bold, emotional vision that will forever change the landscape of the DC Universe.

Though DC has a habit of concocting less than aesthetically pleasing titles for its animated movies – did people really need a “Batman” in front of The Dark Knight Returns to know that it was about the caped crusader? - Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox seems particularly clunky. Of course, brand recognition being what it is, the Justice League portion is totally understandable, but couldn’t the title have just been Justice League: Flashpoint?

So far, the confirmed cast for JL: TFP includes Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) as Bruce Wayne/Batman from the normal timeline, Ron Perlman (Hellboy) as Deathstroke the Terminator, Vanessa Marshall (Young Justice) as Wonder Woman, and Dana Delany (Superman: The Animated Series) as Lois Lane.

Are you looking forward to the animated adaptation of Flashpoint, Screen Ranters? Drop us a line in the comments.

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, On Demand, and digital platforms July 30th, 2013.


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  1. Can t wait

  2. OK, look-well ande good…but let’s just get down to brass tacks and makew a Flash live movie (w/Barry Allen), a Green Lantern 2 (with reynolds as hal Jordan), a team-up flick between Dr. Fate (Kent Nelson) and Hourman (Rex Tyler), maybe a mini-team-up flick between Martian Manhunter, The Atom, and Hawkman, and then on to a live JLA movie (all these movies to be live-action). That is what we want, that is what we need, and if DC Warner can’t get it together for all this–or any of it–then they need to get out of the business and sell their rights to guys like Marvel who can make hero flicks happen. I bet if Marvel bought out DC Warner’s rights, we would see some of these movies happen.

    • Warner Bros. freely green-lights a cartoon of JUSTICE LEAGUE –script and all– but stumped when it comes to live-action.

      Here’s how to make this easy on the suits at the studio: the next animation script that comes along, do it with live-action actors in costume with all the tropes and trappings. What’s more, have the production team responsible for this cartoon write and shoot the movie.

      Easy enough? Probably not.

      • Oh! The words “Justice League” IS in the title…it precedes the word “Flashpoint”; and so there is hope (not embarrassment) that Warner Bros. might actually find a certain marketability in JLA. Whew! And I was worried. Ok, now, bring on the live-action.

  3. I actually enjoyed this comic series, I’ll be excited to see if they can make this story work on screen

  4. there is a typo saying 2014 in this paragraph

    The DVD, Blu-ray, On Demand, and digital release for the animated adaptation of Flashpoint has been scheduled for July 30th, 2014, two months after Unbound. Here’s the first official image from the film:

  5. This guy is excited!

  6. The batman of flashpoint is a real cool “what if”.

  7. Didn’t know about this comic book series. Count me as excited!

  8. Need a pre order on Amazon already!

  9. I just find dcs animation style so boring most of the time, it still looks like their using left over slides from the 80s

    • …and yet you felt the need to make a pointless comment.

      For my part, I am very excited to see this. “Flashpoint” was a great story, and I look forward to seeing how it plays out in animated form.

      • Your pointless comment comment was a pointless comment…but then, my comment on your pointless comment is also a pointless comment.
        Apparently every comment is a pointless comment which makes your comment as pointless as every other pointless comment.


        • I just threw up a little… Now that was pointless!

    • Not everything has to look like a Pixar movie or anime.

  10. this is one happy lady! :)


  12. DC always has the best animated movies, something that Marvel constantly fails at.

    • Marvel: strong in live action (somewhat), weak in animation
      DC: strong in animation, weak in live action (somewhat)

      • I agree for the last decade. But overall… I think they are both tied in live action. And I’m referring to the last 40 years and TV included.

        • Right, which is why I said somewhat.

          Overall, they’ve had their fair share of good and bad.

  13. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while now.
    Best of all is, Conroy’s voicing batman again! :D

    • +1,000,000

      Kevin Conroy never gets old. I still hear the famous line from the BTAS episode “Nothing to Fear” when he is haunted by a fear toxin hallucination of his father:

      “No, you are not my father! I am not a disgrace! I am vengeance…I am the night…I AM BATMAN!”

    • Yep…Although I’ve been fine with and enjoyed the variety of voice actors in the animated films, I’m always happy to return to the classic.

  14. I just hope this doesn’t mean that after this all of their animated films will be new 52 related. Don’t get me wrong, a Court of Owls, Death of the Family, Rise of the Third Army crossover would make for a great film but I still want my Hush animated movie. If they adapted Under the Red Hood to film thay have to do Hush. Hush was amazing. And there are still a ton of Green Lantern stories like Sinestro Corps War and Blackest Night that mut be made to animated film.

    • New 52 stories aren’t all that bad, but there are people out there that still want an adaption of “Batman: The Killing Joke”.

      Either way, whether you prefer New 52 or the old mainstream, the quality in DC’s stories haven’t changed for the worse. They’re still pretty good. I actually really liked the idea of New 52 because it offers a clean slate for new stories without dealing with a whole bunch of points brought up earlier in the old mainstream.

      I would probably start reading Marvel again if they went along those lines, but they haven’t. And now…Doc Ock played a deadly game of Freaky Friday with Peter Parker, which results him in becoming the “superior” Spider-Man.

      I only bring up this for Marvel because Spider-Man was always the main reason I kept coming back for more. Now they’ve just made a mess of things that is keeping me from ever coming back. I liked the death of Peter Parker in the Ultimate universe, that was a great story. Now if only I liked the rest of the Ultimate universe!

      I know, I strayed off topic but those are my thoughts

      • Agree with both of you, Especially the Hush storyline would be AMAZING!!!

        also add ‘Joker’, ‘Arkham Asylum: A serious place on serious earth’ and ‘knightfall’ to the list

        • YES! I would love to see the Hush storyline and the Knightfall storyline in animation and/or live action. Im not talking mixing stories together but the actual story line for them both

          • I think you mean a more focused version on “Knightfall”, we sort of got that in Dark Knight Rises (even though the impact wasn’t there from the books themselves). I would really enjoy that

            And Hush? Oh, please do. Hush is a fantastic story line and he’s also a great villain

            • yeah thats what I was meaning lol.

              a few other stories I would like to see is

              War of the Green Lanterns
              Batman: Pain and Prejudice (Penguin as the villain)
              The Death of Superman (a better version, I didnt really like the one they made)
              Superman/Doomsday the original comic
              Batman: Prey
              Batman: The Long Halloween
              Batman: As the Crow Flies
              Batman: A death in the family

              • Death in the Family would be a nice companion piece to Under the Red Hood.

    • I could seem an Aquaman movie based off of the New 52.

  15. would of prefered a blackest night movie, that would have been much better. flashpoint storyline wasnt that great if im honest.

    • “Under the Hood” wasn’t a great story either, but its adaptation, “Under the Red Hood,” is one of the strongest animated films out there.

  16. While Marvel currently has a lock on live action, I love DC for its animations. I haven’t read the Flashpoint story yet, but I’ll definitely check it out now.

  17. While Marvel/Disney is readying Superhero Movies.

    DC/Warner Brothers are bringing us another direct to video animated movie.

  18. Lets look at the last 3 years of SuperHero Movies out, coming out and in development (Proven)

    Dark Knight Rises
    Green Lantern
    Man of Steel.
    And a couple of animated movies.

    Iron Man 2 and 3
    Captain America 1 and 2
    Thor 1 and 2
    Guardians of the Galaxy
    Avengers 2. Due in 2015
    The Amazing Spiderman 1 and 2.
    Xmen First Class and Xmen days of future past
    The Wolverine

    Now DC has not gotten anything off the ground regarding Justice League and with that, there are no concrete plans for anything movie wise coming from DC

    Marvel on the other hand will have 6 movies out or in production before even the first trailer for any Justice League Movie will be out.

    • I know you say Marvel… But… Not Marvel Studios. Take out 6 of them because they belong to Sony lol.

      • @Lethercheerio


      • THATS 5 MOVIES!

        Ya ninny! :)

        • I thought you added in fantastic four lol.

    • Crap. Also meant to say Fox as well. That’s 3 studios handling one set of property. Where as DC has one studio. Just one. OF COURSE THEY CAN PUT OUT MORE MOVIES lol

    • You missed F4 on your “until 2015″ schedule. Also consider that DC plans for 2014-2015 are not yet out and they could easily still be planning for something to come out on 2014 and 2015 while Marvel has already all of its aces over the table (8 of the movies you put there haven’t been released yet and on DC side only MOS is yet to be shown).

      NOTE Just because a movie is bad you shouldn’t avoid it (Ghost Rider)

      • @Fred

        Consider it is 2013, you can rule out any DC Comic Movies coming out in 2014.

        2015 Can be done, if they start production this year. But it does not seem likely to happen. So if they start 2014 they could put a movie out.

        I have no faith in DC/WB To put out a QUALITY CBM.

      • On my same argument as before you forgot DC’s crappy Jonah Hex. I do believe that if DC wants they could pull a movie for 2014 (not one of the size of JL since that would require at least 2015), interesting enough there is comething going on with Del Toro and a possible Dark Universe.

        • Also The Losers same year as Jonah Hex. Good one in 2011 was RED. RED 2 comes out this year.

            • I know you said SUPERHERO MOVIES… BUT… They are CBM’s nonetheless.

    • Due to a pain in the butt


      I will omit the sony and fox marvel movies

      So that is five remove!

    • Lets see how all of those turn out. I can’t wait to see MOS which IMO could be the best CBM ever but I also enjoy Marvel ones. I’m particularly interested in Ironman 3 since it would be the first time that a MCU attempts a solo movie with a villain that it is not the same as the hero, let me explain:

      IM,IM2 (Ironsuit vs Ironsuit)
      Thor (god vs god)
      Hulk (powerful mad beast vs powerful mad beast)
      Cap (Super Soldier vs Super Soldier)

      (Avengers is special case with just a bunch of dummy aliens just to show everyone’s abilities, I don’t know why but it reminded me of the weak mummy-dancers from the Power Rangers)

      Still I must say that I’m disappointed that the Mandarin won’t have magic rings, it would have been a cool fight power suit vs magic.

      Hopefully we will have good movies from both studios. Cap 2 could be cool also, not so excited about GOTG but we’ll see.

  19. Love how Conroy is back .. RoboCop did a good job in return of the dark Knight but it wasn’t the same

    • Peter Weller was constantly hit or miss for me, there were times he sounded perfect but others…not so much.

      Like when he told The Joker to “shut up” in response to “don’t tell me this has never happened to you before”. The way it was delivered sounded a little childish

  20. With so many more beloved story lines to animate DC chooses Flashpoint which was crappier than the Brightest Day. DC I’m not feeling you.

    • Well, we all have our opinions…

  21. Imagine if Disney acquires DC Comics, would it help to bring better dc live action movies?

    • That or it at least would put some funny talking raccoons on it.

    • Disney with DC? They are like polar opposites, I don’t want them to ruin anything further. I feel bad for Marvel fans who loved Spectactular Spider-Man because now Disney is paying for a Spider-Man cartoon no one likes.

  22. God,I hope they get Rosenbaum for the Flash…

  23. The end of the DCAU, you will be missed.

    • Ummm, WHAT is the end of the DCAU?

  24. While I have absolutely no faith whatsoever in WB/DC to make a decent CBM, I will say their animation movies are very good. I’m looking forward to watching this. Unfortunately for DC fans, that’s all they/we have.

    • In MOS we trust

    • My personal pros for DC:
      Superman II
      Batman ’89
      Batman Returns
      Batman Begins
      The Dark Knight
      The Dark Knight Rises
      V for Vendetta
      Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

      My personal pros for Marvel:
      Spider-Man 2
      Iron Man
      The Incredible Hulk
      Captain America: The First Avenger
      The Avengers
      Men in Black

      I see more of a good past on comic book movies with DC rather than Marvel. No, I am not a fanboy of either side, that’s just how I see the quality put out.

  25. After watching Justice League:Doom, I must admit that I’m looking forward to Flashpoint. I think DC make a good take with their Justice League animated, so I really feel WB should just stop pushing the ‘unnecessary’ plan for the live action (let’s face it, they sorta not doing good there) and make more Justice League animated movies instead.
    Oh, and they need to add Justice League on the title, because I heard a movie called ‘Flashpoint’ has already exist.

    • The problem with Warner Bros. animation of JUSTICE LEAGUE arises when someone (as myself) don’t care for cartoons; rather a movie-lover who watches live-action films.

      Furthermore, the prospect for a live-action JLA version seems troubled by what you very astutely point out…WB failed (deliberately?) to put the words “Justice League” in the title for FLASHPOINT. Is there some embarrassment here? Might those words turn some people off? Is this just a (calculated?) oversight, or are we overlooking a subtitle (somewhere)?

      Makes you want to go…hmmm.

      • See my comments where I redeemed myself (or attempted to) on this business about the title. Of course “Justice League” is a part of the name for this cartoon; and it is a cartoon, not live-action. And whether they call it “Flash in the Pan”, it remains a cartoon…and a frustration for fans of live-action. That said, I stand by my earlier comments on the subject.

        NOTE TO SELF: Lighten up; it’s only a movie.

  26. I think the movie sounds great. I’ve been wanting to see a Flash movie and it looks like this is the closest I’ll get. I’ll take it.