‘Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox’ Trailer: The Flash is Stuck in a Bizarro DC Universe

Published 1 year ago by , Updated April 12th, 2014 at 3:06 am,

As one of the most well-received and wide-sweeping crossover comic events in recent years, it was only a matter of time before Geoff Johns’ “Flashpoint” was adapted into an animated feature. Now, the first trailer for DC’s upcoming Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox has arrived, showing how the reality-bending adventure will be putting The Flash in the spotlight.

The Flash-centric animated film will be sporting a voice cast of old favorites – Kevin Conroy as Batman, Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern, and Dana Delany as Lois Lane – along with newcomers Sam Daly (Superman) and Cary Elwes (Aquaman). Despite what the name implies, the bulk of the film will center on The Flash and an alternate version of Batman, voiced by Justin Chambers and Kevin McKidd respectively. Working off Johns’ original story, the film is directed by Jay Oliva, fresh off adapting Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns.

Overlooking the fact that the animation style of the film can’t hold a candle to that of comic book artist Andy Kubert, fans of The Flash will likely be more than happy to see the hero land a starring role in his own DC animated feature. That enthusiasm may be tempered, however, depending on how successfully Chambers captures the spirit of the scarlet speedster in his performance; but the surrounding cast is a sure sign DC and Warner Bros. aren’t ones to settle.

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Considering how long comic book fans will have to wait to see The Flash, a new vision for Batman (or the Justice League, for that matter) on the big screen, The Flashpoint Paradox may just be a worthwhile adventure in the meantime. If nothing else, it may encourage casual or lapsed fans to get familiar with the return of Barry Allen; a return that helped pave the way for DC’s New 52 universe. Is this film a first step in translating the New 52 to feature films? Only time will tell.

One thing that is curious: one of the most epic subplots of Johns’ storyline involves a war between the altered versions of Aquaman and Wonder Woman, and this trailer hints at none of that. Holding back the best for the actual film? Or poor marketing strategy? You decide.

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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. damn! I get a boner when I see my boys in action

    • Uh, just so long as it isn’t anyone else’s boys….

      • Lol NERD BONER!!!

  2. The artwork in Flashpoint is sublime and some of the best. The voice cast looks interesting with Kevin McKidd and Cary Elwes as Batman 2 and Aquaman. I think Elwes could capture the angst and anger of Aquaman pretty well. I am digging McKidd’s voice as Thomas Wayne.

    I hope this turns out to be a good adaptation.

  3. the picture doesn’t link to anything, goes back to the home page

  4. The animation is great, but the character designs look terrible!

    Still a good comic, this adaptation looks promising.

    • That’s how I’d sum it up too. Great animation, but something seems a little… off about the actual designs. Another issue I have is the voice casting of the Flash: he doesn’t sound the way I expect Flash to sound (he sounds more like Aquaman, or Green Arrow).
      As you said though, Flashpoint was awesome!
      I’ve been looking forward to this ever since Conroy accidentally “announced” it last year! ;)

      • OMFSM I misread your post at first and thought it said this was Kevin Conroy’s last year. WHEW! The best Batman will always draw me to watch anything he appears in.

  5. What is going on with the quality of the animation at Warner Bros? Did they hire a bunch of hacks from Marvel to do the last few JL movies?

    • Heck, Batman Superman Public Enemies had horrible animation. I get the feeling that, as popular as the animated movies are, they’re just cranking them out as fast as they can. They’ll go to any animation studio they can find to meet their deadlines. We usually get two animated movies a year but I’ve noticed their run times are getting shorter and shorter. Sucks big time.

      • I disagree. Yes, the Superman/Batman movies had bad animation, but I thought The Dark Knight Returns adaptation was amazing. It looked great, the character designs captured the essence of the comic, and the action was fast paced and amazing. I think the animation still looks fine here, it’s just the character designs that look bad.

  6. DC it’s a no-brainer. Bring the Scarlet Speedster to the silver screen. Bring something bright and peppy instead of ‘dark, brooding and gritty’ tales superhero genre is falling into.

    I hope this idea ‘flashes’ in your brain sooner than later

  7. Am really looking forward to this.

  8. I just don’t get it…..they can kick out some excellent animated features but can’t manage to harness that same talent and apply it to a live action movie?

    the illogic confounds me.

  9. I will likely give this a watch on Netflix. I like The Flash (especially Barry Allen), and hope we will see a Flash (Barry Allen) live action movie soon. I also like The Reverse Flash as a villain, and would even not mind seeing Green Lantern #2 flick done as a two versus two team-up movie: Green Lantern (with Ryan Reynolds as a *more serious* Hal Jordan) and Flash (Barry Allen) against Professor Zoom (RF) and Sinestro. A fair-fight slobber-knocker very well-matched, I would say. Anyone with me on this?

    • Barry Pepper as The Flash…

  10. Glad to see something not centered around Superman and Batman this time.

  11. I am a huge DC animated film fan, with that said I’m surprisingly underwhelmed by the trailer for this film. There’s no real suspense to get my attention or anything close to eyecatching to get me wanting to see more. Episodic television looking in its execution in what little they show. My biggest disappointment comes from the fact that this doesn’t even meet the animation standards of the earliest DC movies. If there’s no constant upgrade in their quality, how are they supposed to keep us fanboys happy? Is why Marvel has never impressed me and it looks as though as DC is about to lose me too.

  12. Where’s Captain Thunder? aka Shazam?

  13. Well as for “war between the altered versions of Aquaman and Wonder Woman, and this trailer hints at none of that.” I think it’s poor marketing strategy. Maybe there will be a second trailer… I mean, they’re on the cover(Aquaman and WW). I don’t think they would put them along with the other important three caracthers(Batman, Cyborg and Flash) on the cover and then not show how the war is developing and affecting the alternative worls Barry gets in.

  14. Dont like the art/animation. To much anime influence for my tastes. Wills ee it none the less but not a big fan of anime for this type of film.

  15. This is the animation style the kids love, these days.

  16. Since James Tucker is the new supervisor producer, all stories from the dc universe are adapted without their substance. Flashpoint was a personnal story, a story that hurts. Now, it’s just a common story. James Tucker is a pro at killing stories. He takes the story of a man who is ready to modify the entire universe just to save his mother, and he transforms it in a story of a man who wants to save the world. Blah…

    • Frank; did you actually watch the movie? It does the character great justice and it captures that story perfectly.

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