To which I say, YES. Yes it matters. He mentions that the current time of 2hours and 43 minutes is slightly longer than The Dark Knight which was 2 hours 32 minutes. I’m a HUGE Batman fan, but even I had trouble sitting through a movie at the movie theater for that long of a time, and this was with a ‘sure to win’ creative team. Would I be able to sit through a longer version of a fan favorite graphic novel that I’m not 100% sure is going to be teh awesome?
Certainly not at a movie theater. The experience of the theater is best taken in shorter increments, topping at two hours. Any more then that and I start to get frustrated with the talking audience, the guy eating chicken wings two rows down, the uncomfortable seats, the terrible sound, and the damn gum stuck to my shoe.
I’d be happy to see The Watchmen pruned down to 2 hours, especially if the rumored ‘Epic Edition‘ is a serious consideration.