You may have been hearing a bit of scuttlebutt around the internet in the past 24 hours or so. Being that CinemaCon is a-buzzing, there are plenty of rumors making the rounds. One of them that hit the web as of late revolved around the runtime of Justice League. What was the rumor, you ask? Supposedly, DC’s superhero team-up flick was running at a meaty 170 minutes, or for the numerically disinclined, two hours and fifty minutes — just shy of three full hours!
Of course, debate began immediately, with some criticizing the film for being far too long, and some defending it, pretty much stating that a film like this is deserving of a longer runtime. However, it looks like that kind of conversation is a bit premature.
The folks over at TheWrap are reporting that according to their sources, the film isn’t even anywhere near a final cut yet, and as such, no one knows how long the film will end up being. It is possible that they have an assembly line cut done about now, and that the cut clocks in at just shy of three hours, but that’s not uncommon for many films. Oftentimes, films start out long, and then the directors collaborate with their editors in making it as lean of an experience as possible.
That being said, if I’m being honest, 170 minutes doesn’t sound like a bad runtime. Sure, it’s a bit inflated for superhero films, but given how much this movie needs to accomplish, it doesn’t feel unrealistic. So long as the writing is strong and the material is engaging, audiences will sit through the runtime. I’m just hoping Warner Bros doesn’t do what they did with Batman v Superman and cut it to increase the number of showtimes a day. That didn’t do any favors for that film, and it wouldn’t do any favors for Justice League.
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