First look at DC's animated Flashpoint movie

The Flash didn't just wake up on the wrong side of bed, he woke up in the wrong universe. He has no powers, the Justice League doesn't exist, and someone else is wearing Batman's cowl — and he's starring in Flashpoint, DC's next straight-to-home-video animated movie. here's the first trailer.


Flashpoint is the comic event that birthed the New 52-niverse (or killed the original DC universe, if you're being negative about it). Here's the official synopsis, if you're not worried about spoilers:

When time travel allows a past wrong to be righted for Flash and his family, the event’s temporal ripples prove disastrous, creating a fractured, alternate reality where the Justice League never formed, and even Superman is nowhere to be found. Amidst a new world being ravaged by a fierce war between Wonder Woman’s Amazons and Aquaman’s Atlanteans, Flash must team with a grittier, more violent Batman and government agent Cyborg to restore the continuity of Flash’s original timeline.

I love that Thomas Wayne is Batman, mostly because I love the idea that all members of the Wayne family are genetically predisposed to fighting crime while dressing like bats. Anyways, Flashpoint does have a pretty epic voice cast:

Primetime television stars Justin Chambers (Grey’s Anatomy) and Kevin McKidd (Grey’s Anatomy), the voices of Barry Allen/Flash and Thomas Wayne/Batman, respectively, unite with numerous greats of television and film to fashion the famed animated roles. Adding to the celebrity-laden voice cast and providing thrilling additions to the Justice League series are Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale, Friday Night Lights, Chronicle) as Cyborg, C. Thomas Howell (Southland, The Outsiders) as Thawne/Professor Zoom, Nathan Fillion (Castle) as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern, Ron Perlman (Hellboy) as Slade and Deathstroke, Dana Delany (Body of Proof) as Lois Lane, Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) as Aquaman, Danny Huston (Magic City) as General Lane, Sam Daly (The Office, The Daly Show) as Superman, and Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) as Batman.

It's always nice to hear the DCUC regulars, although since this is event is all out out with the old DC and in with the new, I wonder if DC is trying to say something here. Hmm. Oh well, Cary Elwes as a Wonder Woman-hating Aquaman sounds pretty awesome, if nothing else.



Having bought and read the Flashpoint crossover in print (all of it) I can reasonably say this is one of DC's poorest events, even without considering it as the origin point of " new 52". There are some OK ideas floating around in it but overall it was a big mess. I am curious to see how they boiled it down for 90-120 minutes, but not curious enough to buy it. Or watch it for that matter. Buyer beware. Also, YMMV.