Batman V Superman Is Longer Than Any Marvel Movie


You won’t need to make sure you eat before you go to see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but you might want to go with the large popcorn instead of a medium when you’re at the theater next month.

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The Batman v Superman runtime was revealed over the weekend, and as Cinema Blend reports, the movie clocks in at a hefty 151 minutes. Forthe sake of comparison, that’s longer than any Marvel Cinematic Universe to date, the longest of which was The Avengers at 143 minutes.

Perhaps that’s inevitable when you include so many different characters who need screen time. But as Cinemal Blend also points out, director Zack Snyder has a tendency to go long with his superhero flicks anyway, particularly with Watchmen, where the shortest cut was pushing two hours and 45 minutes.

Fortunately for Warner Bros. and theater owners, Batman v Superman isn’t so long that it would reduce the number of showings possible in one day, as is often the case with movies that near or surpass the three-hour mark. Considering the financial pressure riding on this film, it’s unlikely that anyone involved at a high level would have allowed that anyway.

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The positive way to interpret the long runtime is that Snyder has plenty of story to tell and wants to make sure none of the characters get shortchanged. The negative way is to be wary that unless it is expertly paced, there’s a very real chance that parts of it might drag (and let’s be honest, that was the case with both Avengers films).  We’ll see which one of those views is correct when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice flies into theaters everywhere on March 25.