James Cameron Defends Avatar: The Way of Water's Long Runtime

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After more than a decade, James Cameron's highly-anticipated sequel to 2009's box office milestone Avatar will finally arrive this year. With the official title, Avatar: The Way of Water, the sequel will continue following the Na’vi society and the unexplored underwater regions of Pandora.

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Although the official runtime hasn't yet been announced, James Cameron gets ahead and already addressed future criticisms regarding Avatar: The Way of Water's extended runtime. According to him, it feels unfair that people are criticizing a three-hour film when they could binge-watch hours of TV shows in one sitting.

"I don't want anybody whining about length when they sit and binge-watch [television] for eight hours ... I can almost write this part of the review," Cameron told Empire Magazine (via SlashFilm). "'The agonisingly long three-hour movie...' It's like, give me a f---ing break. I've watched my kids sit and do five one-hour episodes in a row."

"Here's the big social paradigm shift that has to happen: it's okay to get up and go pee," the director added.

2009's Avatar was 162 minutes long and is lengthier than the average film runtime which is usually 100-130 minutes. However, many films have crossed the standard runtime like 2019's The Irishman (209 minutes), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (201 minutes), and Zack Snyder's Cut of Justice League (242 minutes).

Assuming Cameron's recent statement, Avatar: The Way of Water might be three hours long, but aside from the needed bathroom breaks, fans might not actually mind seeing an extended runtime of the long-awaited sequel, of course, as long as its as good as the first. Nevertheless, James Cameron already implied that before you see Avatar: The Way of Water, you must take a trip to the bathroom first.

Avatar: The Way of Water will hit the big screens on December 16.

Also read: Avatar: The Way of Water Reveals New Look at Stephen Lang's New Na'vi Body