Over at RopeOfSilcon.com the word is that the international version of The Dark Knight is 152 minutes long. For those of you weaker in the math skills department, that’s two minutes past the 2 1/2 hour mark.

Two and a half hours. Damn.

I have nothing against long movies, but I think it’s much harder to maintain a decent pace and high quality level in a longer film than in a shorter one. No, I’m not saying that a long movie always equals a bad movie – I’ve just seen my share of films that might have been better with a just a bit more trimming in the edit bay.

Now keep in mind this is the running time for the overseas version, but as Brad over at ROS points out, it’s likely the U.S. release will be just as long.

Based on Chris Nolan’s first film in this franchise I think we’re in for something very, very good. Having said that, however, I’m quite curious to see how this does at the box office. A 2 1/2 hour, dark, not-kid-friendly superhero movie… the box office results should be interesting.

The Dark Knight opens on July 18, 2008.

Source: Hollywood Elsewhere