Flashpoint Paradox Week: DVD/Blu-Ray Review
Flashpoint Paradox Week on ToonBarn has been a blast! We hope you liked the interviews and articles we posted celebrating last Tuesday’s DVD/Blu-Ray release of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox from Warner Bros Home Entertainment. ToonBarn wants to thank everyone at Warner Bros Home Entertainment, especially Gary Miereanu (@SuperPRGuy), for inviting us to join them for the interview session, the panel, and the screening for Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.
We also want to thank all the talented people we interviewed, including Jay Oliva (Director), Jim Krieg (Writer), Andrea Romano (Casting/Voice Director), Cary Elwes (Aquaman), C. Thomas Howell (Professor Zoom), and Sam Daly (Superman). You are all top class professionals and you’ve provided the fans with an awesomely entertaining movie. Thank you so much!
As the final story for the Flashpoint Paradox Week, we wanted to leave you with our review of the DVD/Blu-Ray for Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, including all the great Special Features.
I want to start out by saying that my son is 10 years old. Even though he begs me to see it, I will not let him for at least a few years. This film is rated 13+ and it should be. Everyone who has seen it, including people at home, and people at Comic-Con, remarked about how this movie has the most violence in any movie ever produced by DC Entertainment. Having said that, this IS the film that adult fans have been waiting to see for a long time.
Not only is it the first film whose main character is Flash, but it proves that Flash can carry a film all the way through. As I said in the previous articles, this was adapted from the Flashpoint Comic Series, written by Geoff Johns, which hit many different books, through tie-ins and crossovers with other comic book series’. All of this ushers in The New 52. With so much around this story, it was pretty amazing that Jim Krieg was able to get the story to stay fluid and cohesive within an 80-minute movie. Some would say that this probably should have been broken into two parts, like Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. However, I think this was one hell of a ride all the way through, and extending it may have sacrificed that rush. Jay Oliva did a remarkable job bringing all the characters, with each of their own subplots, into the mix.
Obviously, there were some differences between the comics and the movie, but I don’t think it detracted from the entertainment value. One difference, for example, is that Hal Jordan does not initially fly a suicide mission in the comic. He flies an F-35 with a Green Arrow Industries nuclear bomb to blow through New Themyscira’s invisible shield. However, the firing mechanism jams and he sends the plane and bomb into the invisible shield protecting New Themyscira to take it down. In the movie, he flies Abin Sur’s space ship in an attempt to destroy Aquaman’s bomb. Either way, Hal’s impact to the story is minimal.
My favorite subplot of the whole movie was Batman. Thomas Wayne’s alternate universe Batman was an alcoholic, guilt-ridden renegade who had no moral compass around the use of weapons. However, he had the same brilliant mind as Bruce Wayne’s Batman in the real universe, which is why he was able to help Barry Allen get his Flash powers. He was also motivated by the possibility that his son would be able to live if the time shift was restored to normal. Also, the ending is a real emotional tug at your heartstrings when you see Bruce Wayne’s Batman getting a note, handwritten from his father.
All in all, between the going back in time to create an alternate universe, the tragedy that befalls EVERYONE in that universe, and the restoring things back to normal (slightly different – New 52), I would say this movie kicks butt! I was thoroughly entertained.
I have looked over ALL of the Special Features on the disc. Here’s a breakdown of each:
If you’re the type that wants to get the most dirt on why they made it the way they did, then listen to the audio commentary with Director Jay Oliva, Comic Writer Geoff Johns, Screenwriter Jim Krieg, and Producer James Tucker. That will provide you with the most background you can get on the film. Don’t expect to hear much of the dialogue from the film, though. They only open that up in a few parts.
A Flash in Time Featurette
If you’re into physics and time travel, then this is right up your alley. It takes a scientific look at people’s fascination with the ability to travel forwards or backwards in time. Apparently, nature really prevents the back in time part, but there is proof that time could travel slower for some than others. Interviews with some DC Entertainment people about Flash are included.
My Favorite Villain! The Flash Bad Guys Featurette
This is always more fun to talk about: The Bad Guys. We are always trying to get inside the bad guys heads to try to figure out what makes them bad, but I am sure if you ask them, they don’t see it that way. Here, we take a look at the Rogues Gallery, and how they have progressed in comics and the films. More interviews with DC folks are included.
Flashpoint #1 Digital Comic
This is a nice addition to the disc. It is the first issue that started the whole Flashpoint Series, written by Geoff Johns and penciled by Andy Kubert. Of course, it may get you to subscribe to the rest of the series. I wouldn’t blame you.
From the DC Comics Vault – 4 Bonus Cartoons
Another nice addition, but it kind of made me feel old. I haven’t seen Batman: The Brave and the Bold in years! I almost want to go back and see Batman: The Animated Series again too, but I just learned it has been 21 years since that came out. Again, I feel old.
A Sneak Peak at Justice League: War
This was REALLY cool! They had a lot more here than I thought they would. Interviews with some of the voice actors, Jay Oliva, and more. Some of the animatics covered a couple short scenes. Overall, out of all the Special Features, I would watch this first.
This Blu-Ray also comes with Ultraviolet, so you can watch it anywhere. I have a growing collection on Ultraviolet, and I love how easy it is to get to all my movies.
Ok, time for a rating – because some people think they’re important. I would give this movie a 4.5 out of 5. This movie is excellently crafted, has a superior production value, is mostly true to the comic series it is based on, and has the kind of mature themes that adults love in their DC Universe. If you haven’t done so already, pick up a copy for yourself. I highly recommend it.