By and large, the DC Extended Universe is known to have films with fairly extensive runtimes. Man of Steel and Wonder Woman were both just shy of two and a half hours, and Batman v Superman’s good version was three hours long. Suicide Squad was just north of two hours, but even that had a version that was two hours and 17 minutes.
Given that this next film is set to be its most epic endeavor yet, it’d be understandable to assume it would skew closer to two and a half hours or so. However, as we’ve learned from theaters not to long ago, it sounds like the film will either be 121 minutes in length or 119 minutes.
Our own source has the film pegged at 121 minutes, and stated that if it was a different runtime, that it’d be known by now. So 121 minutes sounds like a number you can take to the bank. At the end of the day, if that’s the best length for the film, then so be it, right?
However, according to the Wall Street Journal (via Screen Rant), that may not have been the runtime they ended up with after making the film exactly as they needed it to be. The outlet states that Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara specifically requested that Justice League get cut down to just under two hours in length.
While we’d like to be optimistic about this, the last time a studio forced a film to be a certain length, we ended up with the not-so-good version of Batman v Superman. I certainly hope this mandate from the studio didn’t prevent Justice League from making sense, and from breathing a bit.
But we’ll restrict our actual judgment until we see the film next week!
Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017.