Flashpoint remains one of the more awkward event comics as it arrived just before the New 52 reboot. It has some exceptionally strong moments and ideas with Frankenstein and the Vengeance of the Batman comics stand out books. As an animated feature, I’m really not sure what the appeal is as this was a jumbling of the current mythology in the monthly books and there is no real such lineage or solid reality in the DC animated world. Each cartoon iteration (with one possible exception) features brand new spins on classic ideas.
Still, it could be an exciting and well produced animated feature. I have yet to be disappointed yet.
I am especially pleased that Kevin Conroy will be in the fold to play a darker more twisted version of Batman than we have previously seen.
Announced in 2012, after Superman: Unbound, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation’s next animated feature now has a full title, release date, and the first official description and casting information.
Revealed exclusively to Newsarama, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox will hit Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, OnDemand, and Digital Download on July 30, 2013, taking the 2011 DC Comics series Flashpoint into the world of animation. That comic book series, by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert, served as the impetus for the “New 52” relaunch of the DC Comics universe later that year.
The storyline wil mirror that of the comics, and we have Warner Bros. Animation’s official description for you here.
“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.”
While we can’t reveal the full cast just yet (and we wish we could), we can share a few. Kevin Conroy leaked his return to the role of Batman in the film, and WBA confirmed the actor will be playing Bruce Wayne/Batman in the non-Flashpoint era sections of the film. Ron Perlman will be back as Slade Wilson, Deathstroke, Dana Delany returns to Lois Lane. We can also announce that Vanessa Marshall, no stranger to superhero animation having played Mary Jane Watson, Black Canary, Black Widow, Poison Ivy, and more, will be reprising her role from Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths as Wonder Woman. Other pivotal castings including Flash, Cyborg, Reverse Flash, Aquaman, and Thomas Wayne/Batman will be revealed soon.
Along with the casting, release date, and description, see the first official still from The Flashpoint Paradox to your right, featuring The Flash in action.
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox comes from DC Entertainment, Warner Bros Animation and Warner Bros Home Entertainment July 30, 2013.