If you thought Batman v Superman was an endurance test on par with running a half-marathon or spending the weekend at your well-meaning but undeniably demented in-laws' place, you're about to be plunged into a new kind of fresh hell — one which is bigger, louder and, above all, longer.
Yup, a new rumor birthed on iMDB suggests that Justice League will come in at a compact 2 hours, 50 minutes in length. That's more time than it would take to fly New York to Montreal return and listen to two Drake albums back-to-back, but those options don't involve being visited by a psychotic warlord from the planet Apokolips. Pros and cons.
In all seriousness, there's actually every reason to consider this a positive — although one of the many criticisms levelled at Batman v Superman was that it was over-long, clocking in at 2 hours, 31 minutes theatrically, the length of the movie was hardly the root cause of any of BvS's problems. If anything, the Ultimate Edition assembled by Snyder for the Blu-ray release was vastly superior, and that one is 3 hours, 1 minute long. Because it flowed more fluently, the extra runtime was hardly felt.
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And there's a lot to get through in #JusticeLeague. The new trailer dropped by #DC at the weekend revealed that we'll be exploring The Flash's backstory (specifically the false imprisonment of Henry Allen) and, presumably, Cyborg's creation, seeing as that's so tied in with the hunt for the three Mother Boxes.
Add to that the invasion of Earth by Steppenwolf and the Parademons, the high-profile kidnappings of a series of scientists, the historical prologue covering the epic war between Atlanteans/Amazonians and Apokoliptians, Superman's resurrection, the introduction of Mera and the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and the time spent assembling the Justice League in the first place, and it becomes pretty difficult to imagine how this film could ever be a two-hour affair. Put simply, it couldn't.
The best case scenario is that Justice League is such an entertaining movie that those 170 minutes fly past. The worst is that it's a bit of a mess — but even then, we still get to spend three hours looking at Zack Snyder's breathtaking, CGI-enhanced visuals. That's all good with me. Long story short — let's not write Justice League off yet.
The iMDB intel isn't yet verified, so all this alarm is entirely unjustified anyway. Justice League hits theaters November 17.
Is an almost three-hour runtime too long, or does a movie as epic in scale as Justice League demand to go full Lord Of The Rings?