The runtime for Justice League was recently confirmed to be 1 hour and 59 minutes, which surprised fans due to it being shorter than previous DCEU entries. Thanks to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal detailing the film’s production, it is now revealed that the shorter runtime was an intentional choice by the producers. In the report, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara says that he mandated the film to come in under two hours after the unfavorable critical reaction of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which had a 2 hour and 31 minute runtime in its theatrical version.
Once Geoff Johns and Jon Berg were hired to give the DCEU a more optimistic tone, they wanted director Zack Snyder and screenwriter Chris Terrio to rework the film to better fit their intentions. When Snyder completed a cut of the film, the studio executives wanted it to have a light-hearted tone even though they also “felt he had made progress with the lighter elements”. This resulted in the studio hiring The Avengers director Joss Whedon to write scenes for reshoots. The reshoots in turn increased the film’s overall budget to $300 million.
A side effect of bringing in Whedon was that some of the footage Snyder shot prior to the reworking now remains on the cutting room floor. This is important considering that Snyder left the project the same time due to his daughter’s death. Therefore, Whedon became the only director working on Justice League in its post-production phase. Perhaps Snyder’s scenes could be edited back into the film for an extended cut, but there are no plans for an extended cut at the moment.
That said, it seems that Tsujihara and other executives are Warner Bros. are satisfied with the final product. In addition, Warner Bros. and DC already have the likes of Aquaman and Wonder Woman 2 on their release schedule, with Warner Bros. president Toby Emmerich saying that he wants DC “to worry less about a comprehensive strategy than about making great films”. So if Justice League gains a critical and financial success, then perhaps DC and Warner Bros. can gain back trust from fans and moviegoers.
– Mark Tan
Justice League will be released in theaters on November 17, 2017.
Justice League – Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince assemble a team of metahumans called the Justice League, which includes Barry Allen, Arthur Curry, and Victor Stone. Together, they face the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and the Parademons who are on the hunt for three Mother Boxes on Earth.