‘Justice League’: Zack Snyder Thought Warner Bros. Was Joking About 2-Hour Runtime

Zack Snyder has confirmed that the two-hour runtime of Justice League was mandated by Warner Brothers.

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Zack Snyder thought that Warner Bros. was joking about Justice League having a two-hour runtime.

During a recent interview on the Reel in Motion podcast, which took place after the DC FanDome event, Zack Snyder opened up about Justice League and his reaction to Warner Bros. wanting the film to be two-hours long. Reports at the time of Justice League’s release indicated that then-Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara wanted the film to be up to two-hours long, with the final product clocking in at 1 hour and 59 minutes.

Zack Snyder confirmed that the two-hour runtime of Justice League was mandated by Warner Brothers, with the filmmaker saying that he originally thought that the studio was joking about the matter. Snyder’s original version of Justice League is said to be at least 215 minutes long, and HBO Max is releasing it in four hour-long parts and as a supersized feature-length film.

“I always thought that was a potential for the film, the way I shot it. When they said two hours, they kept telling me two hours. I literally thought it was a joke… in what world is that a two-hour movie? I mean, Batman v Superman is a full three hours, and that’s two characters.”

Previously, in a comment on Instagram, Nick McKinless revealed that there was apparently an entire fight sequence between Ares and a younger Darkseid when he first invaded Earth in Zack Snyder’s version of Justice League. The actor was cast as Ares for the sequence and trained for four months to get in proper shape for the role. However, McKinless was not credited in the thetrical cut of the movie.

Darkseid almost played a larger role in the Zack Snyder cut of Justice League and subsequent DC Extended Universe films. However, after Joss Whedon assumed directorial duties during post-production and oversaw extensive re-shoots for Justice League, Darkseid was removed from the theatrical cut and Warner Bros. reassessed their plans for future DCEU films following the underwhelming reviews and box office gross of the film.

Zack Snyder’s original 5 movie-arc for the DCEU was also said to include events like the murder of Lois Lane along with half the Justice League and Darkseid taking control of the heartbroken Superman with the Anti-Life Equation.

Here is the official synopsis for Zack Snyder’s Justice League:

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons, and Ciarán Hinds.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League Cut is set to hit HBO Max in 2021. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood regarding all the latest news leading up to DC FanDome and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content!

Source: Reel in Motion

Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.