After the tragic suicide of his 2o-year old daughter Autumn, Zach Snyder has decided to step down as director of Justice League.
“In my mind, I thought it was a cathartic thing to go back to work, to just bury myself and see if that was way through it. The demands of this job are pretty intense. It is all-consuming. And in the last two months, I’ve come to the realization… I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me. They are all having a hard time. I’m having a hard time.”
“I want Justice League to be amazing and I’m a fan, but that all pales pretty quickly in comparison. I know the fans are going to be worried about the movie, but there are seven other kids that need me. In the end, it’s just a movie. It’s a great movie. But it’s just a movie.”
Taking over the job of finishing the movie is Joss Whedon, who was initially brought in just to do some rewrites. I don’t know if this means he’s still going to direct the Batgirl film. Didn’t he say he was tired of big movies after Avengers: Age Of Ultron?
Snyder is probably about as far from being one of my favourite filmmakers as is possible, but nonetheless our heart here on HCF still goes out to him and his family.
Justice League is written by Synder and Chris Terrio, and stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Amber Heard, Jason Momoa, Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller and Jesse Eisenberg. It’s out November 17th.