Blue Beetle Runtime Makes It One of the DCEU's Shortest Movies

By Richard Nebens Posted:
Blue Beetle, Justice League

One of the DCEU's shortest movies ever is reportedly on the way after reports revealed the runtime for Blue Beetle.

Blue Beetle will serve as a unique checkpoint in the greater DC Universe, with Xolo Maridueña's leading hero potentially becoming the first new character in James Gunn and Peter Safran's reimagined take on the franchise.

With this hero being one of more than a dozen that will continue into the new cinematic universe from the DCEU, anticipation is already building to see what's in store for DC's third solo movie of the year.

Blue Beetle Runtime Reportedly Revealed

Blue Beetle Movie poster

An AMC Theaters listing for DC Studios' Blue Beetle revealed the new DCEU movie's runtime, coming in at 2 hours and 7 minutes long.

Compared to the rest of the franchise, it ranks as the fifth-shortest movie in the DCEU, just three minutes shorter than 2023's Shazam! Fury of the Gods and two minutes longer than both 2022's Black Adam and 2016's Suicide Squad.

To compare, the full list of DCEU movies and runtimes can be seen below:

  1. Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021): 4 hours, 2 minutes
  2. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016): 2 hours, 32 minutes
  3. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020): 2 hours, 31 minutes
  4. Man of Steel (2013): 2 hours, 23 minutes
  5. Aquaman (2018): 2 hours, 23 minutes
  6. Wonder Woman (2017): 2 hours, 21 minutes
  7. Shazam! (2019): 2 hours, 12 minutes
  8. The Suicide Squad (2021): 2 hours, 12 minutes
  9. Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023): 2 hours, 10 minutes
  10. Blue Beetle (2023): 2 hours, 7 minutes
  11. Black Adam (2022): 2 hours, 5 minutes
  12. Suicide Squad (2016): 2 hours, 5 minutes
  13. Justice League (2017): 2 hours
  14. Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey (2020): 1 hour, 49 minutes

How Will Blue Beetle Add to New DCU?

Seeing Blue Beetle rank as one of the shortest DC movies doesn't come as much of a shock, as most of the films that have debuted more recently have been on the shorter end with their runtimes (outside of Zack Snyder's Justice League).

DC isn't the only franchise shortening runtimes, with movies like Greta Gerwig's upcoming efforts on Barbie actually coming in under the two-hour mark. And Marvel epics like Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania (2 hours, 5 minutes) and Thor: Love and Thunder (1 hour, 59 minutes) both trended on the shorter side for the red brand.

Looking at this runtime, fans can expect a quick and concise story to be told as Jaime Reyes gets his first live-action adventure on the big screen.

With an all-star cast of actors taking the spotlight, including industry veterans George Lopez and Susan Sarandon, this shorter movie will have plenty of enticing performances as Jaime's origin story takes center stage.

Blue Beetle will debut in theaters on August 18.

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Release Date
August 18, 2023
George Lopez
Susan Sarandon
- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.