Report: Suicide Squad Runtime Clocks In At 130 Minutes

Sources close to Collider claim that Suicide Squad will stretch for just over two hours when David Ayer’s anti-hero feature lands in August.

Closing in on the end of post-production, with tie-in music videos already beginning to surface, a report emerging today seemingly reveals that Warner Bros.’ hotly-anticipated tentpole will run for exactly 130 minutes, credits included.

Take this one with a pinch of salt, of course, considering that David Ayer’s latest status report from WB noted that the production team still have a handful of last-minute tasks to tick off (read: final mix and coloring).


For the sake of perspective, and assuming Collider’s sources are on point, at 130 minutes in length, Suicide Squad would clock in as one of the shorter superhero movies to emerge from the genre in recent times. Green Lantern, for instance, was slightly less than two hours, while Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel was close to 150 minutes in total.

Of course, running time doesn’t necessarily equate to quality, but questions of pacing do begin to come to the fore once a movie breaks past the two-hour barrier. There are plenty of examples where filmmakers have deftly balanced exposition and action sequences all throughout the feature film, whether it’s Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, or Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, which assembled Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and sent the Chitauri packing all within the space of 143 minutes.

There’s only so much we can draw from Suicide Squad‘s purported running time and until David Ayer’s feature finally premieres on August 5, there will be plenty of debates over whether 130 minutes is too long, or too short to introduce Task Force X.

However that may be, the group in question will bring together Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. There are also parts for Viola Davis, Ben Affleck and Jared Leto as The Joker in what he describes as the role of a lifetime.