An alteration of the timeline for the superhero, The Flash, creates ripples that disastrously alters the Universe. The Flash must team with other heroes to restore the timeline while the Earth is ravaged by a war between Aquaman’s Atlantis and Wonder Woman’s Amazons. If you are looking for a violent JLA movie in an alternate timeline, this is one of the better DCAU movies out there. The Flash is a very under-utlized character and to see him get a lot of well deserved screen time made me happy, especially when DC usually just makes him crack jokes and fall down a ridiculous number of times for someone who is supposed to be all about pure speed and seeing the world move in slow motion. Now he is in rare form and the movie is all the better because of it. The characters are wonderfully voiced (as usual) and after the credits there is a slight stinger, so you may wanna watch for it. This is hands down, without a doubt, the most violent movie in the DCAU library.
Flash awakens to find that the world and history has changed, most specifically, his mother is now alive, thus rendering him powerless as the accident responsible for creating the Flash never happened or something like that. You see, it’s never made clear why the Flash has no powers or why his mother being alive would stop the accident that causes the birth of the Flash. I don’t read Flash comics, so maybe that information is obvious to Flash fans. In any case, Batman now uses guns, Cyborg works for the government, Hal Jordan never became Green Lantern, Martha Wayne is apparently the Joker (shown in a flashback), Kal-El is a prisoner of the government, and Aquaman is feuding with Wonder Woman with the world caught in the middle. Now here’s where things get tricky. There’s a scene where Batman breaks several of Barry Allen’s fingers, when he finds him in the Bat Cave. However, this injury is never mentioned again after he convinces Batman to release his hand. There isn’t even any distress his voice, which is the same problem that happens later, when Zoom is literally beating the crap out of the Flash after brutally stabbing him with a metal rod.
There’s also an ambiguity about who killed Barry Allen’s mother, which is why I brought up the incident earlier where Zoom seems to threaten the Flash’s family. This animated film also touches on the possibilities for a Justice League live action film, but also for a film of The Flash – and one is rumored to follow the next Superman flick (featuring Batman! Yay!). When you see Flash run up a tall building, jump, glide across a helicopter blade, bounce off a building, and run on top of the water – well, you can see the cinematic possibilities of seeing his powers on display. The Flash is so much more than just a speedster. He may be the most powerful of all the DC stable of heroes. I’m glad to see him at the center of a great DC Animated film finally. Here’s hoping for a great live action adaptation.
Overall, the movie was fantastic and I highly recommend it. That final scene of the Flash running through the city is iconic and I hope Warner Bros. decides to end their Flash movie with the same scene. Also, stick around for the after credit’s teaser. I haven’t read Flashpoint, so I’m not sure what it means. I suspect that it has something to do with the Vertigo and Wildstorm universes merging with DC as a result of this incident. Totally exceeded my expectations. I loved the character cameos and some of the old voice actors we all know and love, plus the new ones were great too. The action was phenomenal. Know this, though, this is not a kids movie. It is as near to R rated as you can get. This is probably my favorite DC full length feature since Under the Red Hood.