Is Justice League’s Runtime Too Long?

Will Justice League be too long?

Zack Snyder’s Justice League is set to come in at almost 3 hours with a mammoth runtime of 170 minutes.

Although the November release has yet to get any official runtime confirmations, IMDb has updated their page indicating the Justice League film’s runtime. In context, that means that Justice League will come in at almost 20 minutes longer than Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, a film that many believed was itself, too long.

So why the almost three-hour runtime? Well, let’s just review what they have to get through. The film first has to introduce three new characters (Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg) in an interesting way. It then has to get all 5 superheros (including Batman and Wonder Woman) together with the assumption that not all of them will be as eager to join as Barry Allen. Next comes the introduction of the villain(s) and their plot to use some or another method to enslave the population or destroy the earth. That’s just the cursory introduction checklist. Then it will have to wrestle with how to defeat the villians, internal team conflict and, of course, some or another reintroduction of Superman to the fold.

All told, when I examined what the filmmakers need to get through, the 170 minute runtime looked rather anemic. Which begs the question, will Snyder be able to hold our increasingly diminished attention span for the time required to tell this story properly? I really hope so. It would be great to have a DC film outside the Nolan trilogy that I actually enjoyed.

In case you missed it, the first official Justice League trailer.

Leave a Reply