Last week was one heck of a crazy exciting time for comic fans as Comic-Con International: San Diego 2013 rocked our faces off with awesome panels, surprise announcements and special screenings of upcoming films—including DC Entertainment’s own Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox!

The latest in the line of DC Universe Animated Original Movies and set for Blu-Ray and DVD release on July 30, the film adapts the best-selling “Flashpoint” crossover event that led to DC Comics—The New 52, which restarted the entire DC Comics line with all-new #1 issues.

We checked out the film and to say it blasted past expectations at super-speed is a bit of an understatement. So hold on to your butts because we’re going to give you the 5.2 Reasons to Observe The Flashpoint Paradox!


1. The Voice Cast

Along with DC newcomers like Justin Chambers, C. Thomas Howell, Kevin McKidd, and the always awesome Michael B. Jordan (Clear Eyes, Full Hearts!), the film brings in a number of veterans from both the classic DCAU and more recent films, including the legendary Kevin Conroy, Dana Delany, Nathan Fillion, Cary Elwes, and Ron Perlman. However, the coolest bit of casting comes from Sam Daly, the son of actor Tim Daly who voiced Superman in the Animated Series for years. It’s a nice little legacy-style nod that fits perfectly with the DCU.


2. Cameos like Whoa

There are a TON of cameos in this film made by heroes and villains from across the DC Universe—from Clayface, Shade and Steve Trevor to Tempest, Tula and Aqualad. It’s pretty awesome and makes you want to watch it again to make sure you didn’t miss anyone.


3. Action, Lots of Violent Awesome Action

Man, when they say PG-13, they mean it for this one. This is a pretty mature animated film and the violence level here is higher than it’s probably ever been. However, it all serves a purpose—showing how dark and twisted the world of these characters has become. The darkness of this world makes the Flash’s struggle to bring back his own world that much more important. That said though, the action that comes with some of that violence is undeniably breathtaking. There are some GREAT fights in this film, including...


4. Wonder Woman versus Captain Thunder

You really only get to see bits and pieces of this epic battle (which actually makes it that much more thrilling) but the moment Wonder Woman ends up in a room with the Shazam Kids and they say the magic word, you can’t help but feel a tingle of excitement at just the prospect of these two heavyweights throwing down. And while this goes on, we simultaneously get the best fight of the film, which I’ll get to in my next point.


5. The Flash versus Reverse-Flash

We’re not going to say much about this beyond this is the Flash fight you’ve been waiting for. Heck, this is the Flash film you’ve been waiting for. Just try and imagine a Dragon Ball Z battle but in which you can actually see what’s going on. It’s incredible.


5.1 Flashpoint Aquaman

Just... just watch and you’ll see what we mean. Dude’s hardcore to the extreme.


5.2 Batman

Because in every reality, Batman is awesome


Also, consider this a bonus point, but you’re going to want to watch this one through the credits. Just…trust us on that one. Let us know what you think about Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox in the comments below!