Marvel and DC fans are totally pumped and excited as both have a reason to cheer as Thor Ragnarok and Justice League, two of the biggest superhero movies are hitting theatres worldwide on November 3 and November 17 respectively.
It’s now been confirmed that the runtime of Justice League movie is 121 minutes. A number of multiplex chains including Regal Cinemas and AMC confirmed the runtime making it the shortest movie in the DCEU. Many fans thought that the length of the movie will be too much to allow screen time for a huge cast of characters but it’s just the opposite. This means that Joss Whedon who took over the reins after Zack Snyder stepped down due to personal tragedy has indeed cut massively during the reshoots from the initial script which was going to be nearly 3 hour long, according to reports.
It’s a good development as both Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was criticized by the DC fans for their length. The studio infused additional $25 million into the project. Joss Whedon has apparently taken the knife to the script and has completely changed the tone of the movie. The minor cuts turned into marathon shoots and it is almost confirmed that a co-direct credit will be given to Joss Whedon since he has changed a lot of the movie. Ben Affleck recently said that Justice League is as epic as “The Avengers” and Joss Whedon has worked really hard for which he will get a scripting credit for his efforts.
The Justice League movie has a strong ensemble cast including Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder-woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Mamoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher). The movie is directed by Zack Snyder and written by Chris Terrio based on the characters of DC comics. The story of Justice League will follow the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and mark the Phase 1 of DC Cinematic Universe. The movie will assemble the greatest DC superheroes under one roof against a terrifying adversary Steppenwolf.
At the end of the Batman v Superman, the Man of Steel was dead, while Batman and Wonder Woman had begun to assemble the Justice League, an elite team of superheroes to fight a supervillain Steppenwolf who has been awakened in the wake of events. The Steppenwolf is basically the military general of Darkseid who have sent parademons to interrogate/kidnap Batman and Earth’s scientists to retrieve Apokoliptian Motherbox which is the most powerful object in the realm.
Till now, the center of attention has been Ben Affleck’s Batman as he is responsible for putting together an elite team of superheroes to protect the planet from the ultimate destruction. This was also reflected in the first synopsis.
Here’s the synopsis of JL:
“In 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 meta-humans 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”.
But in the second synopsis, the role of Wonder Woman is shown to be prime. Here’s the new official synopsis:
“Once again, Wonder Woman must demonstrate her ability as a fierce warrior. Facing a great enemy, she and Batman join forces to recruit a group of meta-humans to stand against this newly awakened threat. Having formed an unprecedented League of heroes, they set out to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.”
Thor: Ragnarok is the upcoming Marvel movie releasing two weeks before Justice League. It is inspired from Jack Kirby’s Ragnarok comic wherein Asgard is burned to the ground and rebuilt from the ashes. The plot revolves around Thor’s struggle to stop goddess of death from destroying his home planet. Here’s the official synopsis of the movie:
“Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization”.
Ragnarok will be similar to Justice League in the sense that it will also be the shortest ever Marvel movie. In continuing with the traditions of Thor movies, Kenneth Branagh’s Thor was 114 minutes, Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World was 112 minutes long but Thor: Ragnarok will just have 100 minutes runtime. Taika Waititi said to Collider:
“The cut right now, I reckon it’s about 100 minutes. It’s not gonna be a very, very long film. I think that stories are better when you leave them wanting more, and this film moves at a clip, it’s got stuff happening all the time. I think people are still gonna feel exhausted by the end; they’ve been on this big journey and stuff, so I don’t think we need the film to be three hours”.
Hopefully, both the movies will become huge blockbusters. CHEERS!