The other week came the news that Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon’s “Justice League” film will clock in at a surprisingly tight runtime of 119 minutes – over a half-hour shorter than the “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” theatrical cut.
In a new report in The Wall Street Journal, it turns out the shorter runtime was deliberate – in fact it was mandated by Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara. Tsujihara reportedly made it quite clear he wanted the film to come in under two hours.
The paper has done a breakdown on the film saying when Snyder delivered his cut earlier this year, the studio felt there had definitely been progress with the lighter elements, but the film needed more work. That’s when Joss Whedon was brought in to write scenes for the reshoots, and then ultimately oversaw “significant” reshoots after Snyder’s departure.
This meant a lot of post-production work was spent melding the tones of Whedon and Snyder’s style into a seamless movie. Numerous edits have been tested and reportedly the most recent ones have hewed close to how “Wonder Woman” scored and the studio is reportedly pretty happy with the finished product – even with a final budget standing at around $300 million.
Unlike BvS, don’t expect an extended or director’s cut down the line as Whedon has no director credit on the final film and Snyder is no longer involved with the movie. “Justice League” opens in cinemas on November 17th.