The length of the upcoming DC supervillain movie Suicide Squad has become a matter of contention over the past few days. Originally a rumour sprung up that it would only clock in at 1 hour and 40 minutes – unusually short for a comic book movie. This was quickly proven false, though, by director David Ayers on Twitter.
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) June 24, 2016
Now, however, an alternative – and much more believable – runtime has been revealed. According to Collider, who don’t cite a named source, Suicide Squad will last for 130 minutes. In other words, 2 hours and 10 minutes.
This is still on the short side for this type of movie, though. For instance, previous 2016 superhero films Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America: Civil War and X-Men: Apocalypse all had a runtime of around about 2 hours 30. On the other hand, Deadpool – most likely the closest to Suicide Squad in tone – proved a shorter length could work to great effect, as it only clocked in at 1 hour 48. And many would say that Bvs and Apocalypse did not need to be as long as they were. 130 minutes might just hit the nail right on the head, then. Let’s hope it’s true this time.
It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?
Suicide Squad stars Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Cara Delevingne, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, Ben Affleck and many many more. It will break out into cinemas on August 5th.
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