DC Comic fans are torn over Justice League’s reported runtime.
On Monday, several outlets pointed out that the upcoming super hero movie is expected to run for one hour, 59 minutes, and 53 seconds, making it the shortest DC Extended Universe film so far. Other sources pointed to theater websites that listed the movie at either 119 or 121 minutes. Fandango managing editor Erik Davis eventually confirmed the 119 minute runtime.
Some fans aren’t too thrilled about this news. Some are downright pissed.
Shortly after the runtime was announced, many people expressed doubt that two hours was enough time to adequately tell the story. To be honest, the concerns are warranted. There's a lot to fit in Justice League, including screentime for a large ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and Ezra Miller as The Flash.
Other fans were more optimistic, insisting the runtime was irrelevant to good storytelling.
There has been a lot of skepticism surrounding Justice League, primarily because of the director change that occurred. Earlier this year, it was announced that the original director Zack Snyder decided to step away from the project following the death of his daughter. Joss Whedon, who had written additional scenes for the film, was brought on to fill the director role. This change led many fans to wonder: Will Justice League be a Snyder film or a Whedon film? Warner Bros. insisted the final project stays true to Snyder’s original vision.
"The directing is minimal and it has to adhere to the style and tone and the template that Zack set," Warner Bros. Pictures president Toby Emmerich told the Hollywood Reporter. "We’re not introducing any new characters. It’s the same characters in some new scenes. He’s handing a baton to Joss but the course has really been set by Zack. I still believe that despite this tragedy, we’ll still end up with a great movie."
Justice League will hit U.S. theaters Nov. 17.