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Voting War because we got to see Hal smashed into the ground for his stupidity.
Speaking of... both will slump about the bottom of the DC animated collection simply for what stories they are based on, and they will most likely be joined shortly when the Throne of Atlantis adaption is let out.
Tough choices, both are based on unforgettable stories and both have unique selling points. The Flashpoint Paradox has a unique and twisted alternate universe where characters like Deathstroke are pirates, and where Aquaman and Wonder Woman both wage war on Earth. Justice League War on the other hand is an enjoyable origin story with an epic fight at the end, when all the members of the League come together to face Darkseid, it also has the best portrayal of Green Lantern I have ever seen in an (animated) movie. But in the end, I have to go with The Flashpoint Paradox, because I'm just a huge sucker for alternate universes.
Flashpoint for sure.
I didn't pick up the comics so I can't compare them to the source. But I really enjoyed the movie version. I liked the dark twisted version of the DC universe that Flashpoint showed us. I liked the resolution to the story, I liked the villain, the plot was fun to follow. Pretty much liked every bit of it.
Flashpoint was by FAR the better movie. War, while admittedly not starting out great by being based on the ABYSSMAL first JL arc of the new 52, did next to nothing to improve the storyline, and took away some of the better parts of the arc (aqua man), while leaving in some of the worst, most eye-rolling moments (Who the hell is bruce wayne?). In addition, that whole side-story with cyborg and shazam felt completely shoe-horned in, and was completely uninteresting (at least to me). Also, the whole time I was watching it, because of the dialogue, I was incredibly uncomfortable. But hey, at least its not Son of Batman.
Meanwhile, flashpoint had an interesting enough premise, a great script, great animation, and more batman tears than you could shake a pirate death stroke at! Also, the whole movie was more of a Flash movie than a JL movie, which makes it really stand out in my opinion. Given I am a little biased because buccellato and manapaul's run made me LOVE the flash, so this automatically gets points in my book, but I still preferred flashpoint much more over the incredibly uncomfortable War.
I enjoyed them both. War, is simply surface value fun movie. What you see is what you get. It has it's jokes and action. Nothing wrong with that. Flashpoint however, has more layers. It has betrayal. It examines the love between a parent and child from both POVs. Not to mention the entire premise is based on chaos theory, or the butterfly effect.
It also boils down to this. An avid comic fan generally favors the "what if" storyline, whereas the casual fan may appreciate War better because they don't have to be as familiar with the characters in order to understand the dynamic changes that Flashpoint relies on.
Flashpoint Paradox elevated the Flashpoint event book, which kind of just got to plotty for its own good in the end (more than likely due to the size of the event) streamlining it to essential plot to conform to the 77 minute run time. Most importantly it never forgot the emotional heart and currency of the feature is Barry Allen's guilt, telling one of the best emotional stories in a DC Animated feature to date. The investment in an emotional foundation is what separates decent enough DC Animated Features from the truly great. Flashpoint Pardox took an OK comic event book and made it into a great Flash story.
Justice League: War streamlined structure is excellent and as a means to contextualize mass destructions works very well. The character work as a play on archtypes brushing against each other also works. Yet I was just left wanting. The relentless action while well done could've been replaced with more talking or perhaps showing more of the characters in a solo context. War was an event plot and just that - the event happened and that's that . It’s the problem with most forgetably decent DC animated features, an purposive plot without an emotional foundation to make the plot hit emotional and plot beats. There was nothing before or after and that’s where I think it falls apart, due to the inclusion of SHAZAM. He was added into the story and makes a good audience surrogate but so little is really done with riff raff street rat Billly Batson that he comes off more like a jerk with unimaginable power (for some reason) than interesting hero (anti or otherwise). Sure he makes good with Cyborg but what about him before? We can all head cannonon what happened to the other guys after words because they are treated more like idols than characters for the most part. SHAZAM isn’t an idol he was supposed to be the in to the story and go on a journey that ended in an unsatisfying fashion.
FlashpointParadox took something that was good enough and made it great. War took something that was OK and just made an OK product.
War was TERRIBLE!!! Absolutely TERRIBLE!!! Almost every voice actor was BRUTAL except for Bats and Flash. Wonder Woman was made to be a moron who couldn't stop orgasming every time she killed something. GL was sad, just sad. They should've brought back Nathan Fillion for that role, or Nolan North. Cyborg was a whiny little beeotch. Shazam was tolerable, but just barely.
Flashpoint was Awesome from start to finish. I may just have to watch it again right now because it was so good :)
War was good for what it was, but it had more flaws than Flashpoint Paradox. FP was just INSANE!!! Great story and a chance to see an alternate DCU animated, and a great restart for the DCAU films to start a continuity. It had some of the most brutal battle I've seen animated and they were between HEROES!!! It was just a great flick, and I know a lot of people weren't too fond of the animation I personally loved the bigger than life look of some of the characters like Aquaman, Batman (Thomas Wayne) and Cyborg.
I'm probably one of the few here who prefers JL:War. Don't get me wrong flashpoint was awesome and the fight scenes were spectacular. But war was generally more fun and enjoyable to watch. Could of done with more aquaman but i'm not complaining. It's probably one of my favourite Dc animated films.
It's a tough choice, but I would have to go with the Flashpoint Paradox. Admittedly, Hal Jordan is my favourite character, and had a more central role in JLW, the story from TFP was much more engaging and better executed. The fight scenes were far more action packed (but went a bit too far at times), and each scene involving Barry and/or Zoom was beautifully animated.
On the plus side of JLW was that it did make me laugh, while TFP left me depressed, and JLW also had superior character designs, whereas the characters in TFP were far too bulky - Aquaman comes to mind.
Praise should also be given to TFP for moving the central focus away from either Bruce or Clark and onto Barry, however too many characters were introduced into the relatively short film, leaving little room for character development other than Barry and Thomas. JLW didn't suffer this problem as the story was tightly woven around only a handful of characters.
Overall, TFP wins my vote, but only narrowly not because it is a great animated film, but because it was, for me, better than JLW.
I really enjoyed both. JL War was more of a popcorn flick. Darkseid was more of a brute-which did hurt this movie. Flashpoint was dark but really well done. There are twists and the villain is compelling. My favorite dc animated movie isn't a movie per say-but the Cadmus arc in JLU is basically a movie and probably my favorite DC animated story.