While studios prefer for movies to come in at the two-hour mark or less, they’re willing to make an exception for blockbusters, which usually can come in at two hours and thirty minutes before execs start worrying about how many shows they can squeeze in (if you want to reach for three hours, you have to be a straight-up, Lord of the Rings-style epic).
So perhaps it’s not so surprising that AMC Theaters [via The Playlist] has posted the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice runtime at 2 hours and 31 minutes. For comparison, that’s eight minutes longer than Man of Steel, nine minutes longer Avengers: Age of Ultron, but 13 minutes shorter than The Dark Knight Rises, which I believe currently holds the record for longest superhero movie.
What does this mean for the quality of the film? Nothing! If the film is great, you won’t even notice that your butt hasn’t moved for 151 minutes. However, the longer the film goes, the more chance it has to lose its audience. But with the amount of action the film’s likely to have, I’m sure director Zack Snyder will be able to hook us on pure spectacle alone. I just hope he has the story to match. At the very least, it sounds like he has a little room to squeeze in Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and possibly The Flash (Ezra Miller).
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25th.
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Here’s the official synopsis for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice:
Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.