2024 Justice League Animated Movie Gets Record-Breaking Runtime

By Jennifer McDonough Updated:
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Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths - Part 1, an animated DC movie releasing early next year, received a runtime that sets a record for the series.

In 2020, DC’s line of animated movies based around their characters was rebooted. Beginning with Superman: Man of Tomorrow, these films inhabited a new continuity called the Tomorrowverse.

The movies feature notable names as voice actors for some of the Tomorrowverse’s Justice League, such as Jensen Ackles as Batman and Glee’s Darren Criss as Superman

The most recent installment, Justice League: War World, came out on July 25, and is currently streaming on Max

Justice League Animated Movie Breaks Tomorrowverse Record

DC Crisis comic cover

According to a listing on Amazon France (via the DCEULeaks subreddit) for Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths - Part 1, the film is set to run for 93 minutes (1 hour, 33 minutes). This breaks the record for the longest of DC’s Tomorrowverse movies.

For comparison’s sake, the runtimes for the rest of the entries in Tomorrowverse canon are listed below:

  • Superman: Man of Tomorrow (2020) - 86 minutes
  • Justice Society: World War II (2021) - 84 minutes
  • Batman: The Long Halloween, Part 1 (2021) - 85 minutes
  • Batman: The Long Halloween, Part 2 (2021) - 87 minutes
  • Green Lantern: Beware My Power (2022) - 84 minutes
  • Legion of Super-Heroes (2023) - 83 minutes
  • Justice League: Warworld (2023) - 89 minutes

In fact, Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths - Part 1 is DC's longest home video movie produced under the DC Universe Animated Original Movies banner. 

The only non-Tomorroverse movie to come close is Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, which falls just behind with a 90-minute runtime.

The only animated DC movie to surpass Crisis on Infinite Earths is a surprising one, with the theatrically released DC League of Super-Pets coming in at a whopping 105 minutes (1 hour and 45 minutes).

Also of note is the fact that Crisis is reportedly the first part of a trilogy, meaning that if the runtimes are consistent throughout, the full story will take over four hours to watch completely.

What Could the Justice League’s Crisis Movie Be About?

Just going by the original Crisis on Infinite Earths comic book arc as well as the tale’s other adaptions (such as the Arrowverse on The CW), fans could expect a large-scale DC crossover in this Tomorrowverse movie. Multitudes of well-known heroes and villains interacting with alternate-universe counterparts wouldn't be out of the question.

But what universes could be included? DC has a rich history of animated projects, including the iconic 1990s Batman: The Animated Series and its associated shows. 

There’s also the Super Friends cartoon from the '70s and the CGI Green Lantern show from 2012, to name a few. Seemingly any of these could be featured, should the film go that route. Could the film even call forward to future DC series, like the upcoming Batman: Caped Crusader that recently shifted over to Prime Video?

At any rate, Justice League: War World ended with the team encountering the Harbinger who is typically responsible for summoning the necessary heroes for the coming cosmic conflict.

Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths - Part 1 releases on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4k UHD on January 24, 2024.

- About The Author: Jennifer McDonough
Jennifer McDonough has been a writer at The Direct since its 2020 launch. She is responsible for the creation of news articles and features. She also has a particular affinity for action figures and merchandise, which she revels in discussing in the articles she writes, when the situation calls for it.