February 23, 2016
'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Running Time Revealed, Why Fans Should Be Worried

Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice's running time has been revealed by AMC Theatres, with the cinema chain revealing that it will run for over two and a half hours.

The official runtime for Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice is 151 minutes. AMC Theatres have also confirmed that it will be rated PG-13, while they also released a brief synopsis for the hugely anticipated blockbuster.

The Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice synopsis reads, "Fearing the actions of a god-like super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City's own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis's most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it's ever known before."

It was originally teased back in December by German sources that Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice would clock in at around this time. However, this news wasn't taken as golden by comic-book fans because it was still several months before the blockbuster was due to hit, and it was believed that it could be edited down.

Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice's running time of two hours and 31 minutes is eight minutes longer than that of its predecessor, 2013's Man Of Steel.

While it's impossible to judge the quality of a film by this teeny-tiny revelation, fans of the superhero flick might find themselves a little concerned that Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice clocks in at such an elongated time.

If handled correctly, this sort of running time can pass by in a breeze. However, if Zack Snyder lets the film run wildly out of control, then Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice could drag and feel bloated if it tries to include too many storyline subplots and narratives. Something that could be in an issue as the film will introduce numerous new characters that Warner Bros. plan to explore in further installments to this universe.

Over the last few weeks there has been increasing concern that Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice is not going to be the critical and financial mega-hit that Warner Bros. were hoping for. This speculation was first started by sources close to HitFix, whose sources insisted that first screenings to the film had left executives over at the studio nervous.

The fact that Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice clocks in at such a length means that its running time is closer to that of Transformers: Age Of Extinction, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, and Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, rather than the 2 hours and 16 minutes that Star Wars: The Force Awakens clocked in at.

Obviously, at the moment, that could just be coincidental. But, each of the Transformers films have been roundly criticised by critics and fans alike for being elongated, and the fact that Zack Snyder's blockbuster is close to this same time could be cause for further concern.

It should also be noted though that Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises each clock in at 152 minutes and 165 minutes, respectively, and they've both been widely lauded and praised as the best comic book films ever created.

Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice is the second instalment to the burgeoning DC Cinematic Universe from Warner Bros. studios. Once again directed by Zack Snyder, who oversaw Man Of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice stars Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, and will introduce Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor, Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, as well as Holly Hunter and Scoot McNairy.

It will followed by the release of Suicide Squad in August, while a solo Wonder Woman film is also planned for 2017. However, recent speculation suggests that Warner Bros. will wait to see how successful Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice is before deciding on whether to proceed with the likes of Justice League, Shazam, Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg, and Green Lantern Corps., each of which have already been announced.

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