'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' Running Time Revealed

Batman vs. Superman Still - H 2016
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Batman vs. Superman Still - H 2016

The movie stars Ben Affleck as Batman opposite Henry Cavill's Superman.

Zack Snyder's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice runs two hours and 31 minutes, likely the longest superhero movie since Christopher Nolan's 2012 The Dark Knight Rises, which ran two hours and 45 minutes.

Warner Bros. insiders confirmed the running time after AMC Theatres revealed the information on its website. Running time is always a delicate issue, since the longer a film is, the fewer showings can be packed in.

Batman v. Superman, set to open in theaters on March 25, stars Ben Affleck as Batman, while Henry Cavill reprises the role of Superman. Amy Adams and Jesse Eisenberg also star in the pic, which pits the two superheroes against each other.

Generally speaking, most modern-day superhero movies have been over two hours in length. The big exception is  current box-office sensation Deadpool, which runs only one hour and 46 minutes. Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds, has defied all expectations for Fox, crossing $500 million at the global box office in less than two weeks of release despite its hard R-rating.

In 2013, Snyder's Man of Steel, marking Cavill's first turn as Superman, ran two hours and 23 minutes. More recently, Avengers: Age of Ultron ran two hours and 21 minutes, while Guardians of the Galaxy was two hours and one minute long.

Among other recent tentpoles, superhero or otherwise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens ran two hours and 16 minutes.