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