Western Animation / Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox

Everything you know will change in a flash...again...

"No matter how fast you run, you can't save everyone."
Professor Zoom

What would you do if you woke up one morning and discovered that everything around you had changed, so much so that even the familiar is so alien, they are almost unrecognizable? And not only that, but this new world is teetering on the brink of superpowered war? This is the world which Barry Allen finds himself in; this is the world of Flashpoint.

Superman is nowhere to be found; in his place, Cyborg is the world's greatest hero. Likewise, Barry's enemy Captain Cold — or rather, Citizen Cold — has filled his spot as Central City's protector. Batman is uncharacteristically brutal. And most pressingly, Wonder Woman is at war with Aquaman with the former conquering the United Kingdom and the latter sinking the rest of Western Europe into the sea; if left unchecked the Amazons and Atlanteans will devastate the world.

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox is a movie in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line and an adaptation of Flashpoint. Voice Actors include Justin Chambers (Grey's Anatomy) as the Flash, Kevin McKidd (Rome) as Flashpoint!Batman, C. Thomas Howell (Criminal Minds) as Professor Zoom, Michael B. Jordan (Creed) as Cyborg, Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) as Aquaman, Danny Huston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) as Sam Lane, and Sam Daly stepping into his dad's shoes as Superman. It also features the return of Kevin Conroy as Batman, Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan, Dana Delany as Lois Lane, Vanessa Marshall as Wonder Woman, and Ron Perlman as Deathstroke.

The film was released on July 30, 2013.

Provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Distillation: When the Flash flashes back to a Justice League fight against Starro, Cyborg is included in the League roster despite the fact that Cyborg has never been on the League during any of its Starro battles in the comics. He was probably included in this version of the fight instead of Martian Manhunter for the sake of preventing questions due to the random introduction of a character otherwise irrelevant to this film.
    • Also shows up in numerous other places; many characters have their roles merged and adjusted to make the plot more streamlined.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • While no more than The Cameo, Martha Kent is blonde rather than a redhead.
    • Martha Wayne's hair varies Depending on the Artist, but in the comic, her hair is black, whereas Flashpoint!Batman's flashback to the day she became Joker depicts her as a blond.
  • Adaptation Explanation Extrication: The film ends just like the original comic, with the Flash rebooting history into the New 52 timeline. However, the movie omits how this is possible, since in the original comic, this was caused by Pandora tricking the Flash into merging The DCU with the Vertigo and WildStorm universes. Both Pandora and the merger sequence ended up Adapted Out, so there's no explanation given as to why Flash and Batman suddenly have new costumes at the end of the film, besides the implied possibility of For Want of a Nail.
  • Adaptational Badass: Yo-Yo—in the original comic, she is just shown running away from Batman and panicking. Here, she not only gets a very elaborately choreographed fight scene (where she matches Batman move-for-move), but when she loses she keeps her composure for a lot longer despite Batman's threats.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • Some characters are more heroic because their stories from the comics are cut down. We don't see Citizen Cold murder anyone, and Ocean Master, Artemis, and Penthesileia (who may not be in the movie) weren't responsible for the war. Also, Slade Wilson/Deathstroke and Lex Luthor (who died at age 10 in the comics), along the entire crew of the Ravager are trying to stop Aquaman's weapon instead of looking for Slade's daughter.
    • Flashpoint Captain Atom. In the Flashpoint comics General Nathaniel Adam never went through with the Dilustel experiment and is the devious and harsh director of "Project Six".
  • Adaptational Villainy: Both Flashpoint Aquaman and Wonder Woman. To elaborate: instead of being manipulated into war, the war started because Aquaman and Wonder Woman had an affair. When Mera attacked Wonder Woman, she (Wonder Woman) mailed her head to him. Also Comic Wonder Woman didn't kill Billy Batson—in fact, she is shocked when Billy is murdered in the comics—may not have killed Steve Trevor, and tried to stop the war when she realized she'd been deceived.
  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole:
    • The final scene in the restored timeline shows Barry in a very different outfit (with apparent Tron Lines) than in the opening sequence (Batman's costume appears matte black versus a dark blue in the beginning). In the original comic this was a jumping point for the New 52 as a Close Enough Timeline, explaining such changes, but the fact this new timeline isn't exactly the same is otherwise ignored in the film.
  • Adapted Out: Due to the many tie ins the comic story had, this was inevitable.
    • Henry Allen, Barry Allen's father. In recent versions of Flash's backstory, Zoom went back in time, killed Barry's mother Nora, and framed Henry for it. This motivates Barry to become a forensics scientist, since he wants to find evidence to clear his father's name and catch the real killer. In this film however, Henry is completely missing and it seems like Nora was killed by a random burglar anyway - though we can assume it's Zoom because he knows more than he should, and he hints around during the finale that he had something to do with it.
    • Pandora and the universe merger were also written out.
    • Tawny. Apparently giving the S.H.A.Z.A.M. kids a freaking pet tiger was deemed too random and/or awesome.
    • Flashpoint!Joker/Martha Wayne does not feature apart from Flashpoint!Batman's flashback to Bruce's death.
    • Element Woman and Enchantress, who played somewhat pivotal parts as well in the comic (the former for helping the heroes after failing to acquire Superman and the latter was the reason Captain Marvel became weakened when she turned on them), likewise don't show up.
  • Adult Fear: Flashpoint Batman's backstory is this. In this version, it was Bruce who got shot, not Thomas, while Martha went insane upon seeing her son die and became the Joker. In other words, he lost his son and, mentally speaking, his wife.
  • The Alcoholic: Thomas Wayne/Flashpoint Batman.
  • All Your Powers Combined: The Captain Marvel / Shazam of the Flashpoint universe is actually a combination of six kids and when they call out "Shazam" they merge into the one superbeing. Different than normal, as they are otherwise unpowered except as Shazam.
  • Androcles' Lion: Flashpoint Kal-El.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Aquaman loses an arm to Superman when he tries to kill Cyborg.
  • Annoying Arrows: Averted with Grifter taking multiple arrows for the torso despite his body armor, although he keeps fighting until he gets an arrow straight through the head...and even then, a seeming unconscious-reflex shot while falling headshots the Amazon who'd shot him, also in the head.
  • Anyone Can Die: Pretty much everyone does.
  • Arch-Enemy: Professor Zoom to Flash.
  • Arc Words: In the opening scene, Barry Allen's mother teaches him a variant of the Serenity Prayer (here bowdlerized to remove reference to God). Of course, Barry's always had trouble with this particular lesson, we find out.
  • Asshole Victim: FP!Batman kills Professor Zoom, but the latter allowed the destruction of the world continue to happen, knowing that it'll hurt Flash. Add the fact he put bombs on his teammates to wipe out Coastal City.
  • As You Know: Cyborg explaining the war that's going on to Batman.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Played straight with Aquaman and Wonder Woman, both monarchs of their respective kingdoms.
  • Badass Normal: Several characters, including Flashpoint Batman/Thomas Wayne, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Hal Jordan and Grifter.
  • Batman Grabs a Gun: Batman's Guns Akimbo is an Establishing Character Moment and one of the first indications that something is very off in the FP!universe.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Batman doesn't take kindly to mentions of his dead son Bruce Wayne. He breaks one of Barry's fingers and threatens to get out his surgical tools if Barry mentions him again.
    • And don't mention Mera around Aquaman.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Professor Zoom.
  • Blatant Lies: Batman's excuse as to why Yo-Yo nearly fell to her death.
    FP!Batman: She slipped.
  • Blood Knight: Flashpoint Batman shows signs of this.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Possibly the darkest and most violent DC Universe Animated Original Movie along with Batman: The Dark Knight Returns so far. Surprisingly enough it was this to it's source material with some of the deaths.
  • Boom, Headshot: How Flashpoint Batman kills Professor Zoom.
  • Body Horror: Flash's first attempt at getting his powers back results in being covered in burns.
    • Flashpoint Superman is nothing but skin and bones from the lack of sunlight, and severely malnourished.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Alternate Iris's daughter tells Iris about her day: She went to lunch with dad, ate chicken wings, told him about the invasion drill they had...
  • Breaking Speech: Professor Zoom, being the terrifyingly smart sociopath he is, holds a postdoctorate in this. He gives Barry two throughout the film. The second one is particularly devastating.
  • Bullet Time: When Barry realizes that he's getting his powers back. And in the finale, the entire scene slows down when the two Flashes engage in combat.
  • Butterfly of Doom: Professor Zoom did something to history to get the world to turn out how it did. Flash's objective is to find out what and Set Right What Once Went Wrong. Except not really: Zoom tells Flash that Flash himself was the one who messed up history, just by saving his mother.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Doubles as a Freeze-Frame Bonus - if you look really closely in the scene when Zoom makes his appearance, running by the Rogues, you can see his tiny bombs appearing on Captain Cold and Heatwave exactly at the time he ran past them. He is actually facing the Rogues to plant the bombs rather than facing the Flash.
    • A literal one, on display in FP!Batman's Batcave. It's the one he later uses to kill Professor Zoom.
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: when Cyborg tries to recruit Batman, there is a mention of Captain Atom going missing after trying to get into the war between Aquaman and Wonder Woman. A captive Captain Atom is actually Aquaman's WMD.
  • Co-Dragons: Ocean Master and Black Manta to Flashpoint Aquaman.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Even if you have no foreknowledge of the cast, from the very instant he appears, you know Professor Zoom's a bad guy, what with his costume inverting Flash's colors and his black-and-red eyes.
  • Composite Character:
  • Crapsack World: The Flashpoint timeline.
  • Darker and Edgier: By far the darkest of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies to date.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Despite having "Justice League" in the title, this really Flash's story with the rest of the League being supporting characters.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Flashpoint Batman, big time. Also, Lois Lane as usual.
    Flash (to Flashpoint!Superman): Don't worry, friend. Everything is going to be okay.
    Flashpoint!Batman: I thought heroes never lied.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • Steve Trevor. In the Flashpoint comics is implied he was made prisoner by the Amazons. In the movie he is personally strangled by Wonder Woman, his Love Interest in many incarnations.
    • Deathstroke dies in an altercation with Aquaman in Europe. In the comics, Sonar heals him, but here, he simply dies.
    • Aquagirl shows up as part of Aquaman's army, and ends up killed during the final battle. She wasn't even present in the original story.
  • Demoted to Extra: Inevitably, due to Adaptation Distillation, several characters including Citizen Cold, and Elemental Woman and The Enchantress, who play an important role in the Flashpoint comics. In fact, The Enchantress is The Mole of the amazons between Flashpoint Cyborg's forces in Flashpoint, and the one who personally kills Grifter instead of it being a random Amazonian.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Thomas Wayne is implied to have crossed this with his son's death and his wife becoming the Joker.
  • Determinator: Barry's first attempt to get his superspeed back results in him being covered with third-degree burns. He bandages up and does it again.
  • Dies Wide Open: Billy Batson
  • Disappeared Dad: Flash's father is never mentioned.
    • Nor is the canon explanation that he took the blame for the murder of Barry's mother while it was in fact Thawne who did the deed.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Deathstroke, a professional mercenary and assassin, is visibly shaken by the graveyard of ships he and his crew encounter while searching for Aquaman's WMD.
  • Evil Is Petty:
    • Professor Zoom is deliberately preventing Flash from fixing history, leading to global devastation and possibly the extinction of humanity, just so he can see the Flash in distress.
    • Likewise Aquaman and Woman Woman who started the war largely over a affair and a jealous Mera who attack Diana, who beheaded her in response. Lois even calls them out on it, telling them that if they continue, there won't be a world for any of them. Aquaman however responds with a Shut Up, Kirk!.
  • Evil Overlord: Flashpoint Aquaman acts this way.
  • Expendable Alternate Universe: Anyone Can Die in the Flashpoint Universe because it's not the main universe.
  • Expy:
  • Eye Lights Out: Cyborg
  • The End of the World as We Know It: In this timeline, the war between Atlantis and the Amazons has reached a boiling point to the point most of Europe is in ruins and the war is threatening to envelop the rest of the world as well. Near the end of the movie, Aquaman has rigged a Doomsday device in the event he loses. He activates it when he takes a mortal blow, though Barry luckily manages to heal his leg in time to start running and undo the timeline.
  • The Faceless: Nora Allen's killer. Implied to be Thawne as in the comic.
  • Fantastic Racism: Both Flashpoint Aquaman and Wonder Woman show absolute disdain for everyone who isn't Atlantean or Amazon.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: The alternate Batman is initially hostile towards Barry but later warms up to him, and eventually no longer gets angry when Bruce is mentioned.
  • First Time in the Sun: Clark.
  • For Want of a Nail: Barry saving his mother creates a "temporal boom" that ever-so-slightly influences events past and present. Bruce Wayne dies instead of his parents, Superman's ship craters Metropolis, and a multitude of other tiny changes snowballs into hell on Earth.
  • Foreshadowing: At the beginning of the film, Thawne makes it perfectly clear that he's ready to die just to hurt and kill Flash. We later find out that this includes being willing to end the world just because it'll make Flash's death hurt even more.
  • Fusion Dance: This version of Shazam is actually Billy Batson and several friends.
  • Gendercide: Flashpoint Wonder Woman speaks of wiping out all the men and raising the Atlantean daughters, but her actions through the movie make it clear she's just out to kill everyone who isn't already an amazon. Plus it's mentioned that the Amazon invasion of the UK killed 32 million people...The population of UK is 64 mill. Half the population the male half! was exterminated!
  • The Ghost: Flashpoint Joker/Martha Wayne, who is only seen in flashbacks but never in the present.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Flashpoint Wonder Woman, Queen of the Amazons.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: "Kal" the Superman was hidden away by government authorities from crashing into Metropolis instead of being raised by the Kents as a human. He has rudimentary language and social skills, and a childlike ignorance of his powers. He killed soldiers wantonly before being calmed down by the others, and severed Aquaman's arm with his heat vision when he returns in the climax.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: In the Flashpoint timeline, this is what happens to both Thomas and Martha after watching their son die. The former becomes a much grimmer, more violent Batman, while the latter becomes the Joker.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Subverted. Most of the major injuries are hidden throughout the movie (Black Manta getting shot in the head is blocked by the remains of his helmet, for instance), but several happen offscreen and then the aftermath is plainly visible like Wonder Woman holding up Mera's head after decapitating her. As the movie nears the end a few important ones are shown in very full, grisly detail, culminating in a lingering shot of a bullet hole through someone's brain.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: One of the main reasons for the war and a part of both Wonder Woman's and Mera's motivations when they fought. Even though it was in self-defense on her part, Wonder Woman then beheaded Mera, sent her headless body back to Atlantis, and wears Mera's helmet as a trophy.
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: Aquaman activating his WMD, wiping out everyone in the war so Wonder Woman doesn't win.
  • Heroic Resolve/Heroic Second Wind: The only thing that would let a badly wounded Barry outrun his past self.
  • Hitler's Time-Travel Exemption Act: Nope. In fact, Zoom emphasizes to Flash that his "heroic" motive for going through time was something far more personal and thus frivolous yet still screwed everything up.
  • I Have Many Names: Eobard Thawne is called either his name, Professor Zoom, or Reverse Flash.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: The Flash's Rogues, once again.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted. Young Bruce Wayne is seen dying and Billy Batson is killed offscreen by Wonder Woman.
  • If I Can't Have You...: Flashpoint Wonder Woman is implied to be trying this through the war since Aquaman rejected her once she killed his wife.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique:
    • Flashpoint Batman is very prone to using it; first with Yo-Yo, later with Barry Allen.
    • Bizarrely, Flashpoint Wonder Woman also uses it; in her first scene she strangles someone with the lasso of truth while asking them for information. While the character in question does resist the lasso, it still comes off as sadistically redundant.
  • Kick the Dog: Flashpoint Wonder Woman sends Mera's severed head to Aquaman as a "gift", and then wears her helmet as a trophy (though Diana claims she wears it as a "warning").
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Happens to Zoom, courtesy of the alternate Batman.
  • Kill 'em All: Even before Aquaman's WMD goes off, pretty much every notable character in the Flashpoint universe is dead.
  • Killer Yo-Yo: Used very effectively by the Flashpoint villain Yo-Yo, an expy of Harley Quinn.
  • Laughing Mad: Flashpoint Joker's only scene.
  • Living Battery: Aquaman's doomsday weapon is revealed to be powered by Captain Atom.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: For an animated film just over an hour, it sure has a lot of characters. Which are promptly mowed down in droves.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Martha Wayne, after the death of her beloved son Bruce, becomes the Joker of this timeline.
  • Love Makes You Evil: The entire reason of the war between Atlantis and Themyscira.
  • Love Triangle: In the Flashpoint timeline, between Aquaman, Wonder Woman and Mera, and eventually the reason of the war between Atlantis and Themyscira.
  • Make Wrong What Once Went Right: Believed to have been caused by Professor Zoom. It's actually what Flash accidentally did when he saved his mom.
  • Making a Splash: Mera's technique of combat. Atlanteans in general seem to use it.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Thawne (doubling as The Chessmaster), who is willing to do anything and exploit anyone to make Flash suffer. The first instance of this is the opening scene in which he leads a handful of Flash's Rogues Gallery into the Flash Museum as a distraction to set up a handful of bombs meant to raze a portion of the city to the ground. And when he's thwarted anyway, he makes sure to take a moment to take a jab at the Flash.
    Thawne: No matter how fast you run, you can't save everyone.
  • Mle Trois: the final battle: the Atlanteans vs. the Amazons, with Grifter's resistance and Cyborg's team fighting both sides.
  • Missing Mom: Flash's mother in the original timeline. Also the indirect cause of the Flashpoint timeline.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Flash's mother's first reaction to her son wanting to confess a secret was to ask if he was gay.
  • Mood Whiplash: When bound by the lasso of truth, Steve Trevor's description of Lois Lane somewhat humorously includes "one of the most beautiful women I've ever met", and Wonder Woman replies with "Until now, you mean." Then she strangles him. Graphically.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Flashpoint Superman has one after he accidentally kills some soldiers just after getting his heat vision.
    • Flashpoint Aquaman seems to have one when he clearly sees how much death the war has caused.
    • Possibly Flashpoint Wonder Woman at the end, when Aquaman activates his Weapon of Mass Destruction. She hugs the dying Aquaman before the end.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Between the forces of Flashpoint Aquaman, we can see Aqualad/Kaldur'ahm, Tempest/Garth and Aquagirl/Tula, even with the same basic designs and weapons of Young Justice.
    • Flashpoint Batman flat out calls the group Cyborg is putting together a Suicide Squad.
    • Aquaman losing his right arm.
    • Flash first starts realizing he's in an alternate universe when he hears about the Elongated Kid (as opposed to Miss Alchemy in the comic), a superhero he's never heard of, being murdered. In the DCU that took place in the pre-Flashpoint continuity in the comics leading up to the event (Thawne did it).
    • Hal Jordan tells Aquaman's forces to "Beware my power, asshole!"
  • Never Trust a Trailer: A lot of the trailer is very misleading.
    • "No matter how fast you run, you can't save everyone." is accompanied by a scene of Wonder Woman looking fierce and pointing a futuristic gun at someone. Turns out she's trying to use Captain Cold's freeze gun to disarm a bomb.
    • "World War Three. Maybe I could have stopped it. If I just run a little faster. Faster!" These lines are combined from multiple scenes. The middle sentence refers to normal kid Barry regarding his mother's death - but at the end of the film he had to catch up with his also superspeeding past self to stop him from saving his own mother.
    • Zoom is shown clicking a detonator followed by an explosion, then Flashpoint Batman shielding himself from blinding light - it is actually Wonder Woman throwing the bomb into the sky where it can't cause damage. The last scene is completely unrelated.
    • "War's over. Everybody lost." "No!" had another huge explosion - another explosion high up and didn't cause damage.
    • "You'll be amazed the monsters this world can create" - spoken by Flashpoint Batman, shown with normal Batman and Flash. Flash is shown running into the distance followed by an ominous flash of lightning, and the line brings Clock Roaches and other Eldritch Abominations to mind but it is not a climax scene, Flash is just running away to clear his head (at that time everything was still normal).
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Zoom eventually reveals that Barry broke the time stream when he saved his mother from dying at the hands of (apparently) Zoom in the past. So, basically all the disasters of this timeline are Barry's fault.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The President in the Flashpoint timeline bears more than a passing resemblance to Barack Obama.
  • Noodle Incident: The fight between Flashpoint Batman/Thomas Wayne and Flashpoint Joker/Martha Wayne was probably pretty epic. Too bad we didn't see any of it. Of course, if Flash succeeds in his plan, none of it would have happened and his son will be alive.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown:
    • The final battle between Barry and Professor Zoom. They are evenly matched, however, Zoom impales Barry on one of his legs, in the process limiting Barry's Super Speed; this leaves the Flash an easy picking for Zoom.
    • Aquaman vs. Cyborg as well, where Aquaman repeatedly pummels Cyborg even when he's down..
  • No-Sell: Main universe's Superman disposes of one of Zoom's bombs by containing the blast between his hands. Flashpoint Superman catches an exploding missile without flinching.
  • Off with Her Head!: Wonder Woman beheads Mera.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Whilst, the consequences were exceptionally tragic it is implied that one hell of a fight occurred between Flashpoint Wonder Woman and Mera. It starts with Mera attacking Diana in her room, who is sharpening her sword. Mera controls the water from a nearby fountain to use as a weapon, whilst Diana charges with her sword...and when the scene cuts back, the entire room has been wrecked, with some of it being on fire, whilst Diana's bloody sword lies on the ground, with her holding Mera's decapitated head and taking her crown.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Both Flashpoint Aquaman and Wonder Woman, though it's Aquaman's doomsday weapon that nearly succeeds at the end before Flash went back in time.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Bruce Wayne is killed instead of his parents in the Flashpoint timeline.
  • Outrun the Fireball: The Earth-destroying fireball, that is.
  • Palette Swap: The reporter that reports on Captain Boomerang is basically a palette swap of Cat Grant's model used in Young Justice (although for all we know, she could be Linda Park, Wally West's girlfriend—and later wife—who is a television reporter for Keystone City).
  • Password Slot Machine: Happens when Cyborg breaks into the facility housing Superman.
  • Plot-Irrelevant Villain: Again, Professor Zoom. He is exceedingly cruel and awful to Barry, but the Flashpoint world isn't his doing. It's Barry's.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Both Amazons and Atlanteans are portrayed in this way, and it's part of the Revenge Before Reason's mentality of Flashpoint Aquaman and Wonder Woman.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Flashpoint Wonder Woman when she personally hangs Steve Trevor, ironically her Love Interest in other iterations.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Wonder Woman can't make Thawne tell them how to disarm the future-tech bombs because there's legitimately no way to do so. The Magic Lasso is a lie detector, not a troubleshooter; it can't find a solution if one doesn't exist.
    Professor Zoom: The truth hurts, doesn't it?
    • Barry and Flashpoint Batman's first attempt at recreating Barry's Superhero Origin (i.e. a chemical dousing and lightning strike) simply results in full-body third-degree burns.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Thawne condescendingly and joyfully rips into Barry for his decision to save his mother and how it screwed everything up.
    Zoom: Oh, Barry. That's the beauty of all this. I didn't do any of it. You did. Think, Barry. Isn't there some little thing, some little good deed, you might have done?
    Flash: I saved someone.
    Zoom: Yes.
    Flash: I saved her. I saved mom.
    Zoom: That's right.
    Flash: No...no! It wouldn't have changed all of this. It wouldn't have changed what happened before her murder. Bruce's parents...Clark's landing...
    Zoom: Oh, but it did. Break the sound barrier, and there's a sonic boom. You broke the time barrier, Flash. Time boom. Ripples of distortion radiated out through that point of impact, shifting everything just a tiny bit. But enough. Enough for events to happen slightly different.
    Flash: I just wanted to save her.
    Zoom: Her hero. How noble. Oh, wait. You didn't stop JFK from getting assassinated. Or make sure Hitler stayed in art school. You saved your mommy. You missed her. And in a supreme act of selfishness, shattered history like a rank amateur. Turned the world into a living hell moments away from destruction. And I'm the villain?
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Flashpoint Batman and Professor Zoom.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Thawne mocks Barry for not using his powers to stop Hitler or stop JFK from being killed.
  • Reset Button: Flash is just barely able to push it as the Flashpoint world is destroyed from Aquaman's Doomsday weapon. Meeting himself in the speed force just in time to stop himself from stopping his mother from being killed.
  • Revenge Before Reason:
    • The war between Flashpoint Aquaman and Wonder Woman started because Mera discovered the two of them were having an affair and she went to attack Wonder Woman over this. It resulted in Wonder Woman killing Mera by beheading her with a sword and keeping her crown as a trophy. She then sends her corpse back to a furious and grieving Aquaman. Cue war.
    • Professor Zoom hates Flash so much that he's willing to see the entire world suffer as a consequence.
  • Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman: Happens to many of the major characters in the altered timeline.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Subverted. At first, Flash does remember the old timeline. However, the longer he stays in the new one, the more his memories are altered to fit. Combined with the coming apocalypse, this makes fixing things as fast as possible even more pressing.
  • Rock Beats Laser: The Antlanteans march into war with advanced, high-tech armor, laser weapons, and tanks. The Amazons bring a few creatures from Greek Mythology, simple bows and arrows, and hand-to-hand combat. Both sides are relatively equally matched.
  • Rugged Scar: Common in the Flashpoint Universe, indicating the Crapsack World:
    • Both Aquaman and Aqualad have a scar across the bridge of their noses.
    • Captain Thunder (Flashpoint Captain Marvel) has a bunch of inexplicable scars over both his eyes.
  • Role Reprisal: As noted above, Batman (original timeline) and Lois Lane are voiced by their DC Animated Universe voice actors, Wonder Woman by her voice actress in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Deathstroke by his voice actor on Teen Titans, and Hal Jordan by his voice actor on Green Lantern: Emerald Knights and Justice League: Doom. Additionally, Etrigan and the President are voiced by their respective voice actors on Batman: The Brave and the Bold
    • In the French dub, several voice actors from previous adaptations reprised their roles here:
    • From the DC Animated Universe: Emmanuel Jacomy as Superman/Clark Kent and Véronique Augereau as Lois Lane.
    • From The Batman: Christophe Lemoine as the Flash/Barry Allen and Adrien Antoine as Batman/Bruce Wayne.
    • From Superman/Batman: Apocalypse: In addition to Batman and Superman, Delphine Braillon as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.
    • From Green Lantern: First Flight: Paul Borne as Green Lantern/Hal Jordan.
    • From Batman: The Brave and the Bold: In addition to Flash, Batman, Superman, Lois, and Wonder Woman, Michel Vigné as Aquaman, Jérôme Pauwels as the Flashpoint version of Captain Marvelnote , Marc Perez as Orm, and Jean-Claude Donda as Captain Boomerang.
    • From Justice League: Doom: In addition to Flash, Batman, Superman, Lois, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern, Jérôme Pauwels as Cyborg.
    • From Young Justice: In addition to Flash, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Captain Marvel, Paul Borne as Lex Luthor, Jean-Claude Donda as Deathstroke, and Michel Vigné as Captain Atom.
  • Samaritan Syndrome: Once Barry gets his powers back he starts trying to stop the war. Batman notes that if he fixes the timeline he wouldn't have to get involved. Mitigated by the fact his ability to time travel is hampered with another speedster tapping into the speed force and Zoom deliberately lures Barry to Britain believing he was there so that he could see first hand the utter hell this timeline is.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: What Flash has to do.
  • Shoulders of Doom: Flashpoint Batman's cape.
  • The Sociopath: Professor Zoom. Lampshaded by Batman.
  • Small Steps Hero/What the Hell, Hero?: As Professor Zoom points out, Barry didn't make sure Hitler stayed in art school or tried to stop JFK's assassination, he saved his mother.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Lex Luthor...sorta. In the Flashpoint comics he was killed at age 10. In the movie he is still alive in his adulthood and is a member of the crew of the Ravager...until he is killed by Flashpoint Aquaman.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye:
    • Flash does one to Flashpoint Batman, who promptly lampshades this fact:
      Batman: So I'm finally on the other end of that trick.
    • Flashpoint Batman does it himself during the final battle, after being mortally wounded.
  • The Stinger: In a teaser for Justice League: War, a boom tube opens and an army of Parademons fly out.
  • Stopped Reading Too Soon: When Barry wakes up after preventing himself from interfering with the timeline, he initially sees a "World Faces Armageddon" headline, implying that he failed. As he gets fully awake, the headline is revealed to be "Warning: World Faces Budget Armageddon".
  • The Strategist: Batman is claimed to be the best in the world. So much so that everyone seems to believe that without him, there is 0% chance of stopping the war.
  • Straw Feminist/Knight Templar: Flashpoint Wonder Woman, who seems to fully believe that all the problems of the world are caused by men. This being the same woman who killed 32 million people in her siege and started a war solely because she wanted Aquaman.
  • Stripperiffic: Mera's outfit is little more than a bikini.
  • Suicide Attack/Senseless Sacrifice: Hal Jordan does one in Abin Sur's ship. Aquaman successfully blocks it by summoning a sea serpent to swallow the ship.
  • Suicide Mission: Pretty much everyone thinks getting involved in Aquaman and Wonder Woman's war is this. Batman even flat out calls the group Cyborg is putting together a Suicide Squad.
  • Taking You with Me: Flashpoint Wonder Woman and her Amazons end up defeating Flashpoint Aquaman and his Atlantean army. Rather than let her taste victory, however, Flashpoint Aquaman activates his doomsday weapon, which would kill them all and destroy the world.
  • Terse Talker: Flashpoint Superman.
  • Time Crash: Invoked by Professor Zoom to explain how Flash going back in time to prevent his mother's death affected events preceding it or completely unrelated, including the location of Kal-El's ship landing.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: It's never quite explained how Flash is able to remember both timelines, and still carries Thomas Wayne's letter at the end. Flash even debates this with Batman at the end.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Flashpoint Batman for the good guys, who clearly has no qualms about killing in this version.
  • Token Good Teammate: Doctor Vulko within the Flashpoint Aquaman's forces.
  • Tragic Hero: Flashpoint Captain Atom. In his case, his Fatal Flaws apparently were overconfidence of his powers and impulsiveness in his actions. He eventually becomes the weapon of mass destruction of Emperor Aquaman.
  • Undying Loyalty: With the exception of Doctor Vulko, the rest of the Atlanteans follow Aquaman unquestioningly.
  • Unwitting Pawn: The Flash's Rogues to Professor Zoom.
  • Unscrupulous Hero/'90s Anti-Hero: Flashpoint Batman, though when offered the chance for a timeline where he died in Bruce's place, he takes it.
  • Villain Has a Point: In the worst way. Zoom's Evil Gloating stings all the harder for Barry because he can't deny the truth in his words.
  • Villainous Rescue: Professor Zoom saves Lois Lane just to be sure that a picture gets taken of him that would inevitably fall into Flash's hands.
  • The Voiceless: Tula, Black Manta and many others.
  • WHAM Line: Thawne's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to a crippled Barry Allen, but specifically one line:
    That's the beauty of it. I didn't do anything. You did.
  • World's Strongest Man: Flashpoint Superman is an illustration of why Supes is this. He is mentally and physically broken by all the abuse he was subjected to, just a shadow of what Clark Kent was. He doesn't know how to fight - or how to hold back. So after just a day out of captivity, one burst of his eyebeams takes off Aquaman's arm - and Aquaman here was not even scratched by everything that the good guys threw at him previously.
  • Worth It:
    • Professor Zoom's main goal is to have Flash die in misery. He doesn't mind if he has to die, too.
      Professor Zoom: As you say in this time, "Totally worth it."
    • Also Flashpoint Batman, who believes if his son Bruce is the one to survive the night in the alleyway, then him dying is worth it.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • Wonder Woman personally kills Billy Batson, who in this timeline is one of the Shazam Kids.
    • Joe Chill, who killed young Bruce Wayne in the Flashpoint timeline.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Well, you technically can, but you'll royally screw up the world with a capital S.
  • Your Cheating Heart: The other main reason for the war. Aquaman's infidelity lead to his wife's death and the war.

Alternative Title(s): Flashpoint