Joss Whedon’s cut of Justice League may now be the shortest DCEU movie

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It’s official. We’re living in some weird Twilight Zone version of 2017 where short is long and long is short. Unfortunately for the blushing gentlemen out there, I’m referring to comic book blockbuster running times. Just last week we heard that Thor: Ragnarok will actually be the longest out of all three of Marvel’s movies about the God of Thunder, despite the fact that director Taika Waititi initially had everybody believing that it would be the shortest MCU film to date.

Now comes our next running time plot twist courtesy of Justice League. We had previously been hearing rumours that the upcoming DC Comics superhero team-up film would be pushing close to the 170 minutes mark, 20 minutes longer than previous DCEU record-holder Batman v Superman. Despite its bladder bursting potential, this running time actually made sense: Director Zack Snyder’s extended cut of BvS was a huge improvement over the theatrical release, and with Justice League still needing to introduce the world to Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg alongside Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, it would need all the time it could get.

However, a new report has surfaced which has already been confirmed by various cinema chains in the US (via ComicBook.com) that claims that Justice League will in fact only be 121 minutes, the shortest DCEU film released thus far. In comparison, Suicide Squad clocked in at 123 minutes, Wonder Woman was 141 minutes, Man of Steel hit 143 minutes and BvS lumbered in at 153 minutes.

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Now ever since Snyder unexpectedly exited as director of Justice League in the face of a terrible family tragedy, handing over the baton to Joss Whedon in the 11th hour, we’ve been hearing all about the lengthy reshoots the latter filmmaker had been doing. You would think that would mean more footage and not less, but apparently you would be wrong. There’s already been talk that Whedon changed the ending of the film by leaving one rather major villain on the cutting room floor to instead focus on establishing this film first before setting up the next one, and it could be that he was just as snip-happy with other aspects.

It has to be pointed out that after being their wunderkind for years, Whedon parted ways with Marvel on less than amicable terms specifically because of how they forced him to bloat up Avengers: Age of Ultron with all kinds of world-building beats. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that on an arguably even bigger superhero team-up movie in which he’s been given a lot more filmmaking latitude, Whedon would in fact try to keep things more svelte. The problem though will be how to introduce all those elements mentioned above in a natural manner in an already busy movie – based on his superlative track record though, if anybody can pull this off it would be Whedon.

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At least that’s what I’m fervently praying for and this isn’t another BvS situation where we need an additional 30 minutes of footage on a Blu-ray release just to make sense of the film’s plot. What do you guys think of this relatively short running time? Do you appreciate the brevity or do you think this could be trouble when you consider everything this movie is supposed to introduce? Whatever happens, at least we’re getting some really cool posters out of it.

 

Last Updated: October 24, 2017

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions – but very little sleep – I’ve been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

  • For the Emperor!

    Perhaps the movie/director/producers are all aware that this movie opens up the future, and are not trying to cram 2 movies into 1 like BvS did? I hope so, because if I have to get an ultimate edition for yet another DC movie to understand the plot, I will lose it!

  • Hammersteyn

    I’d see this for Aquaman alone.

    • Original Heretic

      Momoa man-crush?

      • Hammersteyn

        Truth!

        • Original Heretic

          Is it his magnificent mane? Or is the fact that it look like he could bench press you without breaking a sweat?

          • Admiral Chief

            Momoa is one of the few people that can actually pick Hammersteyn up

          • Original Heretic

            Literally and figuratively, it seems.

          • lol

          • Hammersteyn
          • Admiral Chief

            O_O

          • Original Heretic

            Actors, man, you have to learn so many different skills.
            And other shit you just learn for fun.

          • Hammersteyn

            The first part I think I can do better, but the axe tossing O_o

          • Original Heretic

            He was born and raised in Hawaii. Axe tossing is on Tuesdays.

          • Hammersteyn

            That’s okay, I was born and raised in rugby mad beer drinking South Africa. That’s any day I choose 😀

      • Defos

  • Skittle

    I watched the BvS cinema version and enjoyed it, is the extended cut worth watching?

    • Original Heretic

      If you enjoyed the cinema release, then the extended is going to blow your mind.

      • For the Emperor!

        Agreed. So many plot holes are cleared up, sometimes by extending a scene as little as 30 seconds, or adding a 30 second scene elsewhere. And the movie did not “feel” longer to me. Definitely worth watching for those who can stomach the insistence on blaspheming…my mother could not…

        • Original Heretic

          Is your mother’s name also Martha?

          • For the Emperor!

            As a matter of fact, yes 🙂

          • Original Heretic

            THAT’S why she didn’t like it. Nobody likes seeing their own name used in vain.

          • For the Emperor!

            Hahaha!

  • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    I can’t help thinking that this is one really expensive cosplay

  • Kikmi

    that poster is god awful jeesh

  • Not sure. There is a lot to cram in man, just seems too short to do that in now.

  • Mark Hinnegan

    Joss Whedon is not the credited Editor or Director.

    How the hell is this ‘his cut’?

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