Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash is a cute, fun adventure with plenty of imagination and humor for young viewers.
As it opens, Cyborg (Khary Payton) is being shown up by Ace the Bat-Hound, and Superman (Nolan North) and Batman (Troy Baker) are showing new member Atom (Eric Bauza) around the Justice League headquarters. Plastic Man (Tom Kenny), Firestorm (Phil LaMarr), and Wonder Woman (Grey Griffin) join in to respond to a trouble alert. The Joker (Jason Spisak) is vacationing in Metropolis, where his laughing gas disables the heroes. Batman is grumpy (isn’t he always?) because the Flash is absent.
Meanwhile, the Flash (James Arnold Taylor, who also voiced the character in Young Justice) is running through his city doing good deeds, stopping supervillains, and breakfasting on Fox’s donuts before stopping off at Lampert’s Milkshakes. (His snacks are a nice nod to the original character’s creators, Gardner Fox and Harry Lampert.)
Then the jealous Reverse-Flash (Dwight Schultz) shows up. Their race creates a time loop that throws Flash back in time. Reverse-Flash wants to replace Flash as the most beloved hero. Can Flash restore things to the way they’re supposed to be?
As written by Jim Krieg & Jeremy Adams, of course he can, but first, there are some emotional beats (have Flash’s super friends forgotten him?) and lessons (sometimes you need to slow down to solve a problem) to learn.
It was great seeing so many different Justice League members and friends. Other characters that appear in this movie are Doctor Fate (who has a surprising amount of soul, as voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson), Zatanna (Kate Micucci), Poison Ivy (who wants revenge for salad bars), Killer Croc (who kidnaps Jimmy Olsen), and Deathstroke. Plus the pets! While Ace is mostly stoic (except in this clip), Krypto tends to have his mouth open a lot, making him look friendly.
The Atom emphasizes the value of scientific knowledge, while Firestorm is now dark-skinned, perhaps because of the Legends of Tomorrow version? Animated stretchy Plastic Man is weirdly funny to watch, particularly when Wonder Woman smacks him in the head. We’d like to see a Lego set where you could build him turning into different things, all red and yellow. Or a Hall of Justice set would be amazing!
I didn’t think the world needed a Lego Deathstroke, but the design works surprisingly well. Some of the characters with hoods wind up looking like they have tiny heads, because they’re painted onto a standard-size Lego head, but his looks decent. (Unlike the Atom.)
There’s a musical number and an amazing magical library and cool guests I won’t reveal because it’s more fun to be surprised by them. I still don’t care for the Speed Force concept, and the movie can sometimes be a tad obvious about the lessons the characters learn, but hey, it’s a flick for all ages.
It was neat to see a whole list of “created by” credits, although we didn’t notice one for the Flash — but he’s complicated, since the version we know is a reworking of the original Golden Age version. We also missed seeing Green Lantern in the movie, although he shows up in pictures. There are no extras on this set — and no extra Lego figure — but it’s an entertaining evening’s watch. (The studio provided a review copy.)