Hello disciples of D.C. and mavens of Marvel and the other great houses of comicbookdom. Today Examiner comes to you with news of the latest D.C. animated film. "Flashpoint Paradox."
Spoiler Alert: When Barry Allen uses his amazing super speed ability to crack the time barrier in order to prevent a terrible tragedy that befell his family, he breaks the cardinal rule about changing history. The results immediately send temporal shockwaves through the D.C. Universe.
Now in this alternate universe He must attempt to set things right without powers! Superman is AWOL and his only other allies are a more malevolent Batman AKA Thomas Wayne, and an even more powerful Cyborg! As if this isn't bad enough Wonder Woman and the Amazonian army are at war with Aquaman and Atlantis.
The story is based on the now classic Geoff Johns tale of the same name, featuring art by second generation superstar Andy Kubert. As always there are some variations between the comic book and the film but it's still an great animated adaptation of the Earth shattering series that launched D.C.'s "New 52 Universe" a few years back.
D.C. knows how to please its fans and honor the all important deity of Continuity by bringing back voice actor favorites Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern, Ron Perlman as Deathstroke, Kevin Conroy as Batman. Fan Favorite Dana Delaney returns as Lois Lane. Added to this regal roster of vocal talent are Cary Elwes as Aquaman and C. Thomas Howell as the villainous Eobard Thawne /Professor Zoom and Vanessa Marshall as Wonder Woman.
There are few differences between the comic book version and the animated film, here are all the ones I discovered.
In the comics, Lex Luthor was with his father Lionel Luthor when they first saw a captive Kal-El. In the movie, Lex is working alongside Deathstroke.
In the comics, Lois is not originally a spy, she is reporting with Jimmy Olsen from Paris. When the Atlanteans sink Western Europe, Jimmy is killed by the rushing water, but not before handing off his camera to Lois. When Cyborg attempts to contact Jimmy through the Camera and gets Lois instead, she agrees to spy for the US Government.
In the film, Batman is interrogating Yo-Yo for information on where The Joker is keeping Judge Dent. In the comic Joker took Judge Dent's children.
When Lois is "saved" from the waters by the Themyscirans, she is sent to a training facility for Amazons and taught to fight there. After she is found to be a spy, she escapes from the facility and is on the run.
In the comics, Nathaniel Adam controls the body of "Project Six." In the film, Captain Atom has been weaponized into a bomb by Aquaman.
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.
In the comics, Billy Batson was killed by an Amazonian warrior after Enchantress casts a spell to quell Captain Thunder. In the movie, he is killed by Wonder Woman after she uses her lasso to force the Captain into speaking the transformation word.
In the comics, Kal-El arrived and killed Enchantress. In the movie, he saves Cyborg from Aquaman.
In the comics, Batman kills Professor Zoom with an Amazon sword. In the movie, Batman shoots Professor Zoom in the head.
Before fixing the timestream after receiving the letter from Thomas Wayne, the Flash runs to his mother and explains what happened in order to save her life. She asks him to let her go and forget saving her life so he can save millions of others.
In the movie he apologizes to her in thought while fixing the timeline, without talking directly to her (although this may have originally included but later omitted).
In the comics, Nora Allen was murdered by Professor Zoom, who had traveled back in time to kill her. The movie leaves the identity of Nora's killer unrevealed.
In the comics, upon undoing his alteration of the timeline, the Flash encountered a mysterious woman within the timestream who guided him in reshaping it, initiating a reboot of DC's continuity known as "The New 52". This is omitted from the film, but is alluded to in the final scenes, which depict the Flash and Batman in altered costumes that have changed to their New 52 designs.
In a final note for all of the serious collectors out there, a special two disc collector's version just hit store shelves Sept 10.