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Batman fans who decide to journey to the theater for the Caped Crusader’s latest theatrical feature in March might have to take a bathroom break or two.

That’s according to a new report from Deadline, which has learned that Matt Reeve’s upcoming take on the Dark Knight, The Batman, will feature a runtime of two hours and 55 minutes. The nearly three-hour runtime cements The Batman as not only the longest Batman film yet, but one of the longest superhero films in history.

“[..] It follows Avengers: Endgame, which came in at three hours and one minute, as the longest to hit theaters,” Deadline noted. “And while Zack Snyder’s Justice League went straight to HBO Max last March, it’s the longest overall, at a runtime of four hours and two minutes.”

“The past Batman films closest to Reeves’ in length are Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises (two hours, 45 minutes), The Dark Knight (two hours, 32 minutes) and Batman Begins (two hours, 20 minutes), and Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which came in at the same length as the first Dark Knight.”

The Batman is set for release in U.S. cinemas on March 4. Recent statements from WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar have suggested that the movie will be available to stream on HBO Max just over a month later, near the end of April.

Source: Deadline

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  1. No, just no. Remember when movies used to be 90-100 minutes? That was the ideal length. When a movie reached or passed the 120 minute mark we were always rolling our eyes in the nineties and early 2000s. Not that there aren’t exceptions, but a tight action movie should be around 100 minutes and that’s that. Just learn to leave crap on the cutting room floor. The Empire Strikes Back was made there too.

  2. I don’t mind the longer run time necessarily but that time has to be used wisely. Nearly every three hour movie I can think of is just too long. About the only one I don’t have an issue with is the extended cut of Terminator 2 which does use that time wisely. However, the theatrical release was magnificent. It was good enough that we didn’t know we needed any of the other stuff, so you can still make an argument that the extended cut of the film is unnecessary. (I still enjoy it regardless.)

    A 100-120 minute theatrical release followed by some extended cut on Blu-Ray or streaming release makes more sense to me.

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