November 8 2017

Justice League runtime mandated by studio head

When you head out to the theater to see Justice League you will be seeing the shortest DCEU film yet at 119 minutes. This will bring the film in at a full 30 minutes shorter than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Apparently, this was mandated by Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara that the film had to come in under two hours. Along the way Zack Snyder turned in a cut of the film that was making progress towards what the studio wanted, but it was at that time Joss Whedon was hired to script scenes for the reshoots. Later on Snyder dropped out of the film due to personal reasons and that is when Whedon took over totally.

While a shorter film is not a horrible idea, is the film where you introduce multiple new characters and try to form a team the best one to do it for? We’ll have to see.

Adding to the stress of all this, the film reportedly saw its budget inflate to $300M. It should still make a profit, but it’s going to take some work to get there.

Here’s hoping Justice League works, but I’m still nervous.

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