The Best DC Comics Movie of the Summer Isn't "Man of Steel"

Of all the wonderful things that make San Diego Comic-Con great, nothing thrills so much as the opportunity to be among the first to see a new property come to life on screen. So when I had the chance to see the world premiere of DC Entertainment's latest animated epic, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, I took it. And boy, am I glad I did.

The film, based on the comic book series "Flashpoint," takes a dark departure from the typical fare in Time Warner's (NYSE: TWX  ) DC Comics universe.

The original "Flashpoint" storyline as published by DC. Source: DC Comics.

DC's scarlet speedster, The Flash, races back in time to prevent the murder of his mother. He succeeds but changes history in the process, creating a fractured timeline where the world is at war, Batman isn't quite Batman, Superman can't be found, and Cyborg is a government official.

There's more, but I won't spoil it for you. Let's just say this isn't a kid's film, and in terms of plot depth, character development, and pacing, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox is, in my opinion, at least as good as Man of Steel and possibly better.

Sources: YouTube, DC Entertainment.

Surprised? Offended? Both? Look, I recognize that taste is subjective, but DC has a long history of producing excellent adult animation. Marvel hasn't been as fortunate with its tries, an oddity when you consider its relationship to Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS  ) .

Don't take my word for it. Check out the "adult animation" section at Netflix. Look at the ratio of DC films to Marvel films. Then look at the ratings and reviews for 2010's Batman: Under the Red Hood, a critical success that earned more than $7 million in direct-to-DVD sales and which gets four stars from members. More than 1.32 million Netflixers have watched as of this writing.

Flashpoint, I think, is cut from the same mold and could do just as well. All of which has me wondering why DC isn't borrowing more of its animated talent to make live-action films. Two years ago, I argued that former animation chief Bruce Timm would be an excellent choice to assume the same role at DC that Joss Whedon holds at Marvel today. I still believe that.

Whether Timm gets the nod or not -- right now, it seems unlikely -- the important point for us as investors is that DC has significant assets that, if handled as well as Flashpoint was, could become a catalyst for Time Warner stock.

Now it's your turn to weigh in. Will you see Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox? Leave a comment to let us know what you think of DC's efforts and Time Warner stock.

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  • Report this Comment On July 27, 2013, at 9:45 PM, rmhopper3 wrote:

    DC gets lucky now and then ...but usually its efforts even the ones worth watching are cheesy and formulaic ...and often they are either so dark and edgy they are hard to watch or so G-rated they have no edge at all ....even by comic standards....Marvel is character driven...DC ..more iconic ..Marvel characters are flawed, normal at their core annoying so sometimes ...DC characters are simpler ..more basic...which works now and then ...but only now and then .....Its hard to identify with Bruce Wayne....or the Flash or Aquaman for Heavens sake....Lets Face it everyone has a favorite X-Man and want to see succeed or or one they Hate and want to see erased ...Aquman gets run over on the way to the way to where ever ...who cares Ill watch this one eventually. i always liked alternative future plots ...but you know

  • Report this Comment On July 28, 2013, at 7:59 AM, SuntanIronMan wrote:

    I completely agree. Best comic book movie of the summer. Flashpoint was amazing. I'm not usually a fan of... well, I won't spoil the end, but 'that type' of plot resolution, but this movie was so good that it didn't matter.

    Aside from Batman: Year One (which should be called Gordon: Year One), Flashpoint is probably the best of the DCAOM thus far.

  • Report this Comment On July 28, 2013, at 8:08 AM, SuntanIronMan wrote:

    Side note: It is a shame that they canceled Young Justice. Sometimes I wonder about Time Warner. They had this great adult cartoon that told a mature story, but they cancel it (presumably) because it didn't sell enough children's toys. I don't think they quite know what to do with their DC Comics properties.

  • Report this Comment On July 28, 2013, at 9:29 AM, misterfrost wrote:

    I just saw it the other day ago it's worth a watch..

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