Friday, August 30, 2013
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
As DC meanders in the live-action realm while Marvel takes off into the stratosphere, quite the opposite continues to occur in the direct-to-Media animated movies arena. Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox is another homerun for DC. (Unlike my disappointment with Iron Man: Rise of the Technovore.)
Barry Allen, a.k.a. the Flash, awakens from a desk nap to find the world has completely changed, and most of it not for the better. His superpower speed is gone, some other heroes don't exist, and those that do are not the same that Allen knew. The world is on the brink of annihilation as the fabled nations of Atlantis and the Amazons wage all-out war against each other - regardless of human casualties caught in the crossfire. Can Barry Allen regain his speed and time-travel ability in time to change the alternate timeline before it is too late to save the world?
Like some mythic tale of old, Atlantis and Themyscira are at war over assassinations and lovers' betrayals. Aquaman and the Atlanteans have already struck a major blow, driving the Amazons from their native island. This leads to the Amazons conquering England and declaring it New Themyscira. And now Aquaman threatens to use an ultimate weapon.
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox doesn't so much reverse the DC Universe as much as it skews it arse over elbows. This is not a simple "good guys are bad guys / bad guys are good guys" alternate universe story. There are a few surprises in that vein, and that's all I'll say to avoid spoilers.
DC are not joking about the PG-13 rating this time around. There is blood and disturbing violence. Wonder Woman is a stone cold killer. (In fact, a friend of mine who received an early review copy texted me immediately and warned me not to show my kids [It's okay, I don't let my kids watch these PG-13 DC movies.]) Older kids might be okay but if you have any very young ladies who admire Wonder Woman's heroics, this is probably not the time to introduce the concept of an alternate reality with a murderous Wonder Woman.
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox is very dark, very different and very good.