Brace yourselves, because the most mind-boggling news you have ever heard is coming directly at you: Justice League is going to be 121 minutes long.
There are two possible reactions to this bombshell. The first, and most sensible, is a shrug, because it doesn’t matter how long a movie is so long as it gets the job done. Many of the best movies ever made are very short, many of the worst movies outstay their welcome. And we may eventually decide after we see Justice League that the movie was too short, or too long, but without enough information to make that judgment, all we’ve got right now is a number with no inherent meaning attached to it.
The other response, and the one that has been percolating around the internet all weekend, is to completely lose your mind. After all, Justice League has the shortest running time of any of the DC Extended Universe movies so far. These movies are supposed to give you a lot of bang for your buck, and this one is the crossover team-up we’ve all been waiting for. So surely we’ll want to see as much of it as possible, right?
Well, not necessarily because, again, what if Zack Snyder’s film (completed by Joss Whedon after Snyder suffered a family tragedy) doesn’t NEED to be more than two hours long? Isn’t it possible that the film is just good enough as is, and that more – sometimes, at any rate – is just more, and not inherently better?
Look, movies are pretty long nowadays. We pay a lot of money to see big epic blockbusters, so the idea of getting less time in the theater for the same amount of cash might seem – on the surface – like a rip-off. But a bigger ripoff would be to spend that money on a movie that’s too long and gets boring after a while and ultimately wastes your time. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather pay $15-20 to see a brilliant short movie than a movie that’s terrible and takes forever to finish.
Again, we just don’t know how good Justice League is going to be. Maybe it’ll be perfect. Maybe it’ll suck. Maybe we’ll wish it was longer, maybe we’ll say it was too long as it is.
But what I do know is that the running time of a movie is in no way indicative of its quality. Citizen Kane, The Wizard of Oz and Casablanca are shorter than Justice League, while Batman & Robin, Showgirls and The Lone Ranger are longer than Justice League. And a whole bunch of classic films, old and new, are EXACTLY as long as Justice League.
Let’s take a look at a handful of those, and calm ourselves the hell down. Okay?
Ten Classic Movies That Are Just As Long As Justice League:
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William Bibbiani (everyone calls him ‘Bibbs’) is Crave’s film content editor and critic. You can hear him every week on Canceled Too Soon and watch him on the weekly YouTube series What the Flick. Follow his rantings on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.