Out of all of the details we've heard about Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice's impending theatrical release, there's one that we've heard no rumor about until now: it's running time. Well, we now know how long we'll be sitting in the dark: a full 151 minutes of DC Trinity action.
Comic Book.com recently scored the info from a German theatrical source, as the information for the film's widely anticipated March opening is apparently being issued to exhibitors. They also noted that the new Zack Snyder offering is about eight minutes longer than his previous DC outing, Man Of Steel, so those of you expecting a three hour slog can either take a breath of relief or exhale in disgust.
This is probably for the better, as a longer version of Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice would more than likely threaten to be a bloated, overlong affair. After all, there's only so much story that can be told with multiple superheroes, and just as many – if not more – villains in play. Not to mention, Man Of Steel managed to fill a shorter running time with just enough story and action to make itself feel like a full stand-alone film. With the same approach applied to a typical set-up picture, it should make the running time breeze by.
Of course, this depends on how scribes Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer have structured the story of their Superman and Batman team up film. With signs pointing towards a more Batman flavored picture, rather than the Superman sequel we originally thought was coming our way, this rumored approach is probably the best idea for tackling the overall DC Universe that's about to unfold in theaters. A heavy does of bat action, with some Kryptonian flavoring and an Amazonian story tease that leads us into Wonder Woman would be the favorable film, at least in this writer's opinion, but either way it could be agreed that something fresh is needed.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice has only a couple months left before it reveals its secrets to us, but already with the information on hand we can begin to figure out where the pieces will fit. Thanks to the newly revealed running time, we'll have the temporal borders those pieces will have to snap into, so the picture can only get clearer from this point further, Though we have to wonder how much of the film will be dedicated to Jessie Eisenberg's Lex Luthor, seeing as even Ben Affleck feels he'll be walking away with a lot of the film's focus.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice makes it debut on March 25, 2016.