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DC On Parade,
This review is from: Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Overall, DC Animated has done an excellent job of bringing numerous DC characters and stories to DVD/Blu-Ray over the past several years. It's great to see these characters become more accessible to a wider audience. Unfortunately, too many focus on the Big Two (Superman and Batman), but ignore the rest. Yet the DC Universe is a deep one with numerous great characters and stories.
Here we find a great story set in an alternate timeline - something that DC does quite well. And it centers on the character that launched the Silver Age of Comics, Barry Allen's The Flash.
This is a violent DC adaptation, but not gratuitous. The film is well paced and plotted. It may be necessary to know a few things about standard DC fare, like who Superman and Batman are and a bit about their backstories, though I'd guess that just about everyone knows those.
If you're a DC fan, you'll be giddy to see alternate versions of favorites - Black Manta, Cyborg, Batman, etc.
Yet at the heart of this is a story and a great one at that. The beginning and end are tied together so well. We also get to see the main character, Barry Allen as The Flash, grow from beginning to end. There's action and consequences of those actions throughout. You'll be left with something to think about and a desire to watch it again.
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.
This one is worth your time and money. It's near the top of the heap of the DC Animated Universe, maybe just a notch below The Dark Knight Returns. I recommend it, though I'd be wary with kids that are too young. Watch it first before you let them see it.
And look into the other DC Animated movies if you haven't had the chance to enjoy them. There's a great world out there to watch and it's never too late to discover all that DC's characters have to offer.