Apples and oranges, I think... Justice League was a messy and troubled production behind the scenes from ambitious beginning to ignominious ending... what seemed initially like a slam-dunk turned into a total clusterfudge, it lost money, got a lot of people ultimately fired, and single-handedly sunk the DCEU as originally envisioned. It appears to me that WB cut that film loose as a lost cause before it even hit theaters and the running time mandate from Tsujihara was so they could likely squeeze in as many showings per day as they could in a desperate attempt to get as much money back as possible before actual word-of-mouth on the film torpedoed it. They could have pushed the release date back a few months if they were confident enough of fixing it, with Snyder's tragedy-motivated departure, and Whedon's eleventh-hour hiring as director as a result, giving them sufficient cover to have made such a move had they chosen to do so ... the fact they didn't is telling in itself. Aquaman, on the other hand and by all accounts, was a smooth production, and this time, the suits were confident of what they were seeing. I'd rather have a coherent film never mind a longer one... Justice League felt like it had been edited with a meat cleaver; the narrative was an incomprehensible shambles that had gaping holes large enough to sail an aircraft carrier through; I'm absolutely certain dollars to donuts that is not the film that Whedon - had he not been handed a crippling mandate regarding running time - wanted released into theaters. Honestly, if WB went ahead and approved the home release of Whedon's 'director's cut' - Frankenstein creation that it was! - I'd actually be tempted enough to give it a whirl... just out of interest to see the difference, and I'm sure I wouldn't be alone... it might even end up being a surprising little earner for the studio... just look at how many units Oliver Stone's various cuts of Alexander shifted on disc - over a million, by most accounts - and Justice League is an immeasurably more prominent IP than that underrated and unfairly-demonized historical epic (for the record; Stone's initial three-hour theatrical cut is still the best version in my humble opinion)!!!