– by Joseph Jammer Medina

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.

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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.

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SOURCE: WSJ (via Screen Rant)


    WB, the ‘film-maker’s studio’.

    • Victor Roa

      yes, Guardians of Ga’Hoole, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Hot Pursuit.

  • Danny B

    No doubt there will be a longer/better ‘Directors Cut’ followed by a Brighter, Longer, Better and more fun ‘other Directors Cut’

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Yeah, WB continues to show that they learn nothing from their mistakes.

  • Weresmurf

    I’m ok with the run time IF and only IF they haven’t butchered the story. 2 hours is fine, if you can’t tell a tight, well paced story in 2 hours then wtf are you making movies for? If it were 90 minutes, you’d have me incredibly worried (even at 2 hours I’m still hesitant, but we’ve already introduced 3 characters, the others have been ‘seen’ and have their own individual movies in the works). I don’t expect a world spanning movie, just a fun action movie that’s a big step up from BVS with a much better Batman (from what we’ve see in the trailer, he APPEARS to be… and a far less mopey Superman when he rises… god I hope he’s far less mopey). Give me that, we’re good.

  • Marquis de Sade

    Well considering this movie took over 17 months to shoot, which is the equivalent of shooting 3 movies, can you imagine how over-budgeted the cost??? – Good or bad, WB has no other recourse but to condense the length in order to squeeze as many screen times per day to recoup their cost…Is it any wonder they won’t lift the critic review embargo until one day before the actual release to the general public?

    • Kindofabigdeal

      WB has an embargo on their movies? I guess all those papers who refuse to review Disney films in protest are just firing blanks.
      Besides, who the hell reads the Washington Post for their movie reviews anymore.

      • Marquis de Sade

        In the case of the JLA, the embargo is media-wide (including the internet) until the day before the release.

  • Ryan Johnson

    2 hours is plenty of time as long as you are cutting slow-mo fight scenes and CGI overload and telling a good story and developing good characters. The Hobbit movies all had at least an hour of CGI overkill, and the 40-minute Cap-Tony fight in Civil War just got mind numbing. How long can you watch two cartoons punching each other?

    BvsS wasn’t bad because of a shortened run time. It was bad because the story sucked and the character development sucked.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      “How long can you watch two cartoons punching each other?”
      I can do this all day.

      • Ryan Johnson

        Then you are the target audience for Transformers movies

        • Kindofabigdeal

          I bet youre fun at parties.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Why don’t they just let the film makers decide how long is needed to tell their story? My guess is WB is making most of their profit in the Blu Ray sales after release.

  • AmiRami

    “Batman v Superman’s good version”


Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.