Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox is based on a story in the “Flashpoint” comic book crossover story arc published by DC Comics. Consisting of a core limited series and a number of tie-in titles, the storyline premiered in May 2011. The core miniseries was written by Geoff Johns and penciled by Andy Kubert. In its conclusion, Flashpoint radically changes the status quo for the DC Universe leading into the publisher’s 2011 relaunch, The New 52.
All totaled, there were over 206 DC Characters in all, covering each of the different factions of the comic book story. Obviously, it would be nearly impossible to include that many characters in an 80-minute animated movie. And all the crossover plots couldn’t possibly make it into the final movie. So, there had to be a tremendous amount of scaling down, compromising over what to include, and what not to include, but still maintaining the essence of the Flashpoint story, while still satisfying the comics fans who have strict standards on how comics should be represented in the movies.
The job behind writing the script for Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox had come to Jim Krieg. Jim approached it the same way as a comic book reader. He knew nothing of the story, and discovered it in the natural way, covering all the books and crossovers in order, and reaching the same dramatic punch in the eye that the reader did near the end of the series. The main thing Jim wanted to duplicate with the animated movie was to give the viewer the same jolt when they realized the truth behind the Paradox. That was paramount to all the other subplots, which also needed a lot of massaging. There had to be many long days, lots of coffee, and last minute decisions on what scenes were important to keep a fluidity to the whole movie.
Jim Krieg should feel a great sense of accomplishment, because this movie hits it out of the park. I can tell you, going into the screening of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox at the San Diego Comic-Con panel on July 19, 2013, that many people had not read the “Flashpoint” series of comic books. There was a loud chorus of “Whoa!” when they saw Batman using guns. There were loud gasps when certain characters were killed on screen. And they certainly were caught off guard to see Batman was not Bruce Wayne. I think Jim Krieg made this script work for both readers of the comics and people who just watch the cartoon series’ and movies.
ToonBarn interviewed Jim Krieg before that screening and panel at San Diego Comic-Con. He talked about taking Geoff Johns comic book story and turning it into an animated movie. He mentions that he experienced the story the same way the readers of the comics did, and then he had to piece it all together like a puzzle. He also talked about how he thinks they nailed the plot twist that really surprises the viewers toward the end.
We would like to thank Jim Krieg for joining us for a quick conversation at San Diego Comic-Con. We also want to thank Gary Miereanu and Warner Bros Home Entertainment for the interview session, panel, and free screening of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, which is available on DVD/Blu-Ray and Digital Download (iTunes).