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Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox by Frederik Wiedmann (Review)

posted Oct 28, 2013, 8:32 PM by Kaya Savas

Frederick Weidmann has found an amazing niche for himself as a composer amongst the DC Comics animated universe. His work includes series like Green Lantern, Beware The Batman and the feature-length Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox and upcoming Son Of Batman. For Justice League  The Flashpoint Paradox we see Wiedmann taking on a feature-length film. This film involves many characters from the DC Comics universe and I’m sure it was a thematic challenge. For this film Wiedmann was able to get a good-sized orchestra and the difference between his soundscape for the Green Lantern series is indeed noticeable. The Flashpoint Paradox is a continually engaging and at times thrilling adventure that stands tall with the big superhero tentpoles we see every summer in theaters. 

Wiedmann’s writing has always been impressive and he demonstrated what he was able to do in the Green Lantern: The Animated Series. This film however really allowed him to craft great arcs that start and resolved in one sitting experience. Immediately we are thrown into this big bold world. Pulsating strings with trumpets and a chorus are some of the first things you’ll come across, and it really sets the scope for the entire journey. The wonderful thing is that the score offers so many different sounds and textures that it never falls flat to become one-note. The track “Sin City” is percussion heavy with some great electronics while a track like “Hell Of A Messanger” is a big sweeping adventurous track. The whole tone of the score is notably darker than most of the other series and films in the DC Comics animated universe, but it never stoops down to any Zimmer/Nolan rips. Wiedmann’s unique voice and fresh approach make this one a very memorable experience that people should take notice of.

The Flashpoint Paradox could very well have been for one of summer’s big budget superhero tentpoles. Wiedmann has done another outstanding job in the world of DC Comics animation. While steeped in his style, the score is still a very different experience than say the Green Lantern series. He makes it engaging, emotional and very entertaining. His writing continually is getting better and I can’t wait to hear what he delivers next.