Friday, April 20, 2018

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash

The latest of the LEGO DC Super-Hero straight-to-video movies, LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash features the first appearance of the Reverse-Flash (Dwight Schultz) who tricks the Flash (James Arnold Taylor) into a time loop which allows the villain to damage his relationships with the rest of the Justice League and eventually steal the hero's powers. After destroying the Flash's good name, and then using his speed to beat the Justice League to all crimes, the Reverse-Flash makes a name for himself as the world's greatest hero. Meanwhile, with a bit of help from Doctor Fate (Kevin Michael Richardson) and Zatanna (Kate Micucci), the Flash will work to earn back his speed not realizing that he's playing straight into the villain's hands.

The story of the Flash learning to slow down long enough to take stock of his surroundings and come up with a plan is hammered home without much subtlety, but there's still quite a bit of fun to be had.

We also get appearances by Krypto, B'dg (Eric Bauza), and Ace the Bat-Hound, an attack on Metropolis by the Joker (Jason Spisak), and cameos from some other Flash villains. A subplot also features new hero the Atom (Bauza), stuck at miniature size, struggling to warn the rest of League of the Reverse-Flash's true intentions. Even if it is a bit lightweight, fans of the previous LEGO DC Super-Heroes releases should enjoy this one (and I still really want that Hall of Justice and a minifig of Zatanna), although it's a bit disappointing that we don't get any extras with this release.

[Warner Bros., Blu-ray $24.98 / DVD $19.99]

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