‘Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox’ Extended Preview: History of the Flash

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Comic book fans likely already know why DC Comics and Warner Bros. have decided to turn the “Flashpoint” limited series into an animated feature; being one of the most critically-praised and universe-altering crossover events from writer and DC Entertainment exec Geoff Johns, it seemed inevitable. But the regrettably-named DCU: Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox is going to be unlike previous films in several key ways.

The Justice League members will still be featured, but they won’t be the ones entrusted with carrying the plot and giving fans more of the heroism they know and love. This is Barry Allen’s show, and the newest peek behind the scenes gives a brief rundown for those unfamiliar with Barry’s backstory, while highlighting the impressive voice cast assembled for the adaptation.

Name aside (we’re just going to refer to it as Flashpoint), there is reason to be excited for the film. Even if The Flash isn’t your favorite superhero, that doesn’t mean he’s one to doubt in a leading role – a fact that the filmmakers are likely trying to prove with this feature. A live-action Justice League film, or for that matter, a standalone Flash movie are far from possibility, but there’s no reason to not to show that heroes other than Superman and Batman can headline a film.

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And if you’re trying to tell a gripping, imaginative tale to get viewers into the mind of Barry Allen, “Flashpoint” is the tale you’re looking for. One of the only superheroes capable of bending time (thanks to his mastery of acceleration), Barry Allen faces a moral dilemma every day that his colleagues do not; Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, and Martian Manhunter all lost their family, but Barry is the only one with the ability to feasibly bring them back.

In The Flashpoint Paradox, that’s exactly what he does. By rescuing his mother, Barry warps the world in ways he can’t even comprehend. The ripples through time turn crime-fighters into crime-lord, villains into heroes, and Europe into a devastated battlefield in the war between Wonder Woman and Aquaman.

There’s only one way for Barry to set things right in a world where he never became The Flash: get Batman to help.

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Not the Batman fans are familiar with – although Kevin Conroy will be voicing Bruce Wayne as well – but rather Thomas Wayne, a less-brilliant, more tortured dark knight. Allen’s voice will be supplied by Justin Chambers, with his Grey’s Anatomy co-star Kevin McKidd voicing the elder Wayne, Dana Delany reprising her role as Lois Lane, and Nathan Fillion once again supplying a cameo as Hal Jordan.

Of particular interest is the new voice of Superman: although Matt Bomer (White Collar) is lending his talents for the big blue Boy Scout in Unbound, Warner Bros. has tapped Sam Daly for the role in Flashpoint. Since Tim Daly was – and remains – the voice of Superman for an entire generation of cartoon fans, it seems poetic that his son will take up the mantle.

Take a look at the official synopsis:

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.

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Warner Bros. isn’t straying too far from their tried-and-true strategy for the time being, with Superman: Unbound being released before Flashpoint. Whether this feature is a sign that more DC heroes will be getting their chance to shine or not, the future could be bright for DCU animation. Provided they keep up their standards.

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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. I’m not familiar with the Flashpoint series, but this is interesting. I can’t wait to watch this.

  2. Finally, an origin story for Barry Allen a.k.a. The Flash! Sweet!

    • Origin?… More like the origin of The New 52.

      • It’s funny, i actually read Flashpoint months after the New 52 began, and had no idea the two were connected since i only bought the core miniseries. I just reread it and still couldn’t find any references to The New 52. Did all that happen in tie-ins?

        • “Flashpoint” resets the DCU by drastically changing its reality THEN “restoring” it as if the “New52″ reality had always been in place…but with the stories of the Batman and Green Lantern mythologies altered very little.

  3. Michael B. Jordan is also doing the voice of Cyborg.

    • that is SO weird ALL my script treatments for JLA/Kingdom Come that ive posted pieces of on here, comcicvine and othe CBM related sites has Maichael b Jordan as cyborg..

      i hope he gets considered for whatever plans they have for the movie cause he really did a good job as the annti=jerk jock in Chronicle

  4. I’m totally not looking forward for a live action JL movie…
    but for the DCAU on the other hand, is a definite get! I hope this one will be on par, if not better than Doom.

  5. Good work DC. If i am correct it seems that they have realized that they truly need to inform/reveal to the public origin stories for their primary and secondary characters, but to also introduce, primarily, their secondary and even tertiary characters. If they are ever going to take back the big screen from marvel and rule the 3 domains of animation, gaming, and film, making standalone straight to dvd toons is one of those ways. Such action will further help them to develop live-action films (Justice League).

    While the the plot and story of “FLASHPOINT” sounds interesting, the issue/problem that people have with DC is that their characters are just too powerful. Flash being able to travel back into time is a little too much (although it sounds like a good story for an animation adaptation, ONLY). Giving your characters limits as to what they can do on a superhuman level, not only makes them “realistic” (despite the fact that they have powers, because the main theme would be that “no human being can do everything,” which is true of itself), but also allows for the creation of new characters, thus increasing the size of their character library. In other words, instead of allowing Flash to have the ability to travel back into time, it should be some other character that not only has the ability to travel through time, but helps Flash to travel back into time. Nevertheless, the dvd sounds interesting.

    Furthermore, I do hope they make straight to dvd toons about many of dwayne mcduffie’s characters. I do want to see an Icon dvd toon. His backstory is very nice. Hardware would be another. Even though Static had his own toon series on TV, a dvd about him would also go a very long way because little is known about static. All of these things would help DC tremendously, I think.

  6. seriously cant wait!

  7. I loved the “Flashpoint” story arc (and the resulting altered multiverse), so I’m definitely looking forward to this film.

  8. Never read the Flashpoint story before, but now I want to! This movie looks really interesting, can’t wait :)

  9. I loved reading the Flashpoint story but I hated the fact that it elimnated some charters. In the post Flashpoint 52 world Dona Troy,Wally West and A few others disappared. But I want to see this feature as soon as possible!

  10. Video was removed. :(

    • :’(

  11. This will be the best DC animated movie to date yet. I loved Thomas Wayne as Batman in Flashpoint. A couple other DC animated movies I would love to see down the road is the Emperor Joker(highly suggest read) story from a few years back and a story from from Superman Unchained in maybe a couple of years. The Superman Unchained comic is going to have epicness in it. It comes out in June so that’s why I said maybe a couple of years to do an animated movie so some material will be there.

  12. I’m a huge fan of te flashpoint series! Definelty can’t wait to watch this!

  13. can’t watch the video in France, copyrights…

  14. They finally have a pre order link available on Amazon… and I pre ordered it. Finally…

  15. DC has top notch animation on all their films. I wish Marvel would tap into their resources. Looking forward to this.

  16. Good work DC. If i am correct it seems that they have realized that they truly need to inform/reveal to the public origin stories for their primary and secondary characters, but to also introduce, primarily, their secondary and even tertiary characters. If they are ever going to take back the big screen from marvel and rule the 3 domains of animation, gaming, and film, making standalone straight to dvd toons is one of those ways. Such action will further help them to develop live-action films (Justice League).
    While the the plot and story of “FLASHPOINT” sounds interesting, the issue/problem that people have with DC is that their characters are just too powerful. Flash being able to travel back into time is a little too much (although it sounds like a good story for an animation adaptation, ONLY). Giving your characters limits as to what they can do on a superhuman level, not only makes them “realistic” (despite the fact that they have powers, because the main theme would be that “no human being can do everything,” which is true of itself), but also allows for the creation of new characters, thus increasing the size of their character library. In other words, instead of allowing Flash to have the ability to travel back into time, it should be some other character that not only has the ability to travel through time, but helps Flash to travel back into time. Nevertheless, the dvd sounds interesting.
    Furthermore, I do hope they make straight to dvd toons about many of dwayne mcduffie’s characters. I do want to see an Icon dvd toon. His backstory is very nice. Hardware would be another. Even though Static had his own toon series on TV, a dvd about him would also go a very long way because little is known about static. All of these things would help DC tremendously, I think.

  17. @ Andrew Dyce

    Why is my comment awaiting moderation? There is nothing violent of insulting in it at all.

    • or*

  18. The problem with Flashpoint is that it introduces the awful Didio/Lee era of DC comics. An era filled with the worst art and storylines, not to mention lack of respect or decency, that comics has experienced since the Image years of market dominance.

    Foul and loathsome don’t begin to describe what DC has become under Lee and Didio.

    • Funny, I’ve been enjoying the “New 52″ comics quite a bit. They DO respect the past but have moved the the DCU into the 21st century…effectively and interestingly, imo.

      • I don’t see how the New 52 has moved the DCU into the 21st century. How was it NOT in the 21st century before the awful New 52 was thrust upon us? I just hope that “The Flashpoint Paradox” is not an excuse to make all future DCAU movies into a New 52 showcase…

        • I have a bad news for you because the follow up to Flaspoint will be inspired from the first issues of the new 52′s justice league.
          So far, I ain’t crazy about the “new 52″ (too many bad decisions and idea to make a list).
          The flashpoint paradox adaptation tries to adapt to the screen a story that was already to big and to convoluted in comics. It’s not a big fail, but it’s not very good with too many directions and useless scenes in the context of the movie. All action and not enough heart and characters dispite the story.

    • You’re correct: “foul and loath[e]some” DON’T describe the “New 52″. I’m very happy with the re-invigoration of the DCU.

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