'Justice League' Runtime Has Some DC Comic Fans Concerned

The upcoming film is expected to run under two hours, making it the shortest in the DC cinematic universe.

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DC Comic fans are torn over Justice League’s reported runtime.

Check out the new trailer and see #JusticeLeague in theaters November 17. pic.twitter.com/oGqsLN3U4X

— Justice League Movie (@justiceleaguewb) October 8, 2017

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.

FYI: Confirmed updated runtime on #JusticeLeague is now 119 minutes. pic.twitter.com/Su2CLou1F2

— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) October 24, 2017

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.

So Justice League’s confirmed run time is 119 minutes which is scary considering a lot will be crammed in

— Philiam🌴 (@pchidichimo3) October 24, 2017

I'm kinda skeptical about the #JusticeLeague runtime. I just worry there's a lot to develop in that amount of time.

— Razerview (@razerview_) October 24, 2017

A 2hr runtime for Justice League stinks of WB turning it into a hatchet job. Was so excited for Zack Snyder's movie. ☹ #JusticeLeague

— qback27 (@qback27) October 24, 2017

To the people complaining about #JusticeLeague having a 2 hour 1 minute runtime. #ItsJustARuntime #CalmDown pic.twitter.com/Gh64Lnsoo6

— 22TigerDude 🐯 (@tigerdude22) October 24, 2017

What's this bullshit about the #JusticeLeague runtime? there's countless great movies at 121 minutes.

— Alberto Vassallo (@AlbertoFinglas) October 24, 2017

Other fans were more optimistic, insisting the runtime was irrelevant to good storytelling. 

Your enjoyment of a comic book movie shouldn't be dictated by runtime. That's juvenile. It just needs to be a good movie.#JusticeLeague

— Josh Hains (@The_Fighter23) October 24, 2017

JUSTICE LEAGUE is the exact same runtime as CITIZEN KANE. I don't think this is a coincidence.

— Andrew Woods (@JimJarmuschHair) October 24, 2017

I’m a little salty that the #JusticeLeague movies run time is only an hour and fifty nine minutes long but I know it’ll do great!

— David Saldana (@itsjustdavid2) October 24, 2017

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 theHollywood 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. 

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