In a major surprise today, multiple sources are stating that the upcoming Justice League film will only be 2 hours long. And to be fair, 7-10 minutes of that will be credits. This is surprising for many reasons, mainly because every single DCEU film has been well over 2 hours, and that’s not including the credits. So, why are they doing this when it’s clear that this movie NEEDS to succeed?
Well, there’s a lot of theories. One, it’s possible that with the arrival of Joss Whedon (who if you recall directed Avengers) decided that this go round that a more streamlined approach was necessary. What’s more, unlike the Avengers, the Justice League is already partially assembled, and Batman is looking for the others for the threat he KNOWS is coming very soon. Fury didn’t know about Loki or the Chutari before it happened.
And while it may be “short”, that doesn’t mean it won’t be bad. In fact, Warner Bros. might be wanting to do this so that the film can make as much money as possible, and a 2 hour showtime will no doubt allow for more screenings of the film.
Finally, let’s not forget that many early superhero films did NOT break the 2 hour barrier, and were considered amazing films. A great example? X-Men. That was under two hours, and it’s still considered one of the best X-Men films.
Justice League arrives in theaters November 17th.