For those who didn't read the crossover event upon which this is based, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox takes place in a darker version of the DCU. War has broken out between the empires of Wonder Woman and Aquaman, and the collateral damage has spilled into the rest of the world, leaving hundreds of millions dead. So, yeah, this is a light-hearted romp!
Aquaman, of course, also looks very different, and his longtime foes Black Manta and Ocean Master aren't exactly foes. No, it's Wonder Woman who is causing the Sea King the most trouble:
But I have the same questions about this movie after I've seen it that I did when it was first announced: why? Flashpoint is such a violent, downbeat story, I don't really understand the appeal of transferring it into another medium. Sure, the premise made for a fun switcheroo in comics form, having all our heroes square off against one another in such dramatic fashion, but...I dunno, if they're going to make the effort to produce a movie-length JLA story, why make one where everyone hates one another? Will this appeal to anyone outside of those who read the comics? Maybe that's all the audience these things need to reach to be financially successful, and if that's the case then Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox will probably be just as big a hit as its predecessors.
I mean, I will admit it was fun watching Aquaman and Wonder Woman beat the ever loving crap out of one another, and the film doesn't pull a lot of punches (no pun intended) in that arena. And, again like the mini-series, Flashpoint presents The Flash as the ultimate guardian of the Silver Age, a guy who is will simply not give up, even in the face of a totally alternate reality, which is sweet in its own way.