At First I Thought It Was The Communists...
I was skeptic at first, watching Batman go back to the blue cowled, half circle eye hole costume with eyebrows and watching the rest of the DCU drop back into the fifties, but I gotta admit, as I had heard, it was a very nice twist on both the Golden Age versions of the characters and the current ones. And you also get to see Bats in his original costume which is pretty badass. I wasn't all too sure what the main villain "The Centre"'s purpose was, but it was fun to watch. Most of the characters are pushed to the back like Green Arrow who gets one line of dialogue, "YEAH!" and most of the movie is taken up by Hal Jordan becoming the Green Lantern, but with minor tweeks to the original origin, it ties in with Superman and Martian Manhunter pretty well.
Neil Patrick Harris as Flash (begins to drool). My problems with the villain only showed up near the end, before that, the movie was mostly driven by the characters who were developed quite well. And the social commentary of the communism scare and blind conformity in the U.S. at that time is well thought out, especially one line of throw away dialogue where Flash announces on T.V. that he's retiring and someone watching in a bar says "I'm glad that chump is gone!" to which his pal responds, "Yeah, and what was with that red suit? Red's fer Commies!" All together a good movie and recommended watch.
If you don't like it, you're a communist.