Director of the upcoming “Justice League” movie, Zack Snyder, has decided to step down from the director’s chair during the post-production phase. The reason for this is quite sad, as Snyder lost his daughter, Autumn Snyder to suicide back in March of this year.
The director believed he could drown his sorrows in work, but it all came around full circle, forcing him to give up finishing the film to grieve and spend time with family. From our point of view, it took a very strong willed person to venture back to work for two months after the death of someone close, but it takes a more powerful person to give it all up.
Snyder didn’t want to publicize family tragedy
In a statement, Snyder said he had little intention of making the death of his daughter a public matter. He and his family wanted it to be a private affair, but due to the nature of the Internet and the mentality of some fans, Snyder chose to reveal the reason for him deciding to give up the baton.
“Here’s the thing, I never planned to make this public, I thought it would just be in the family, a private matter, our private sorrow that we would deal with. When it became obvious that I need to take a break, I knew there would be narratives created on the Internet,” says Snyder in a statement.
He went on to add that he wants the movie to be fantastic and that he believes it’s just that. While he would love to continue until the end, he has seven other children who need his support during this uncertain time.
To tap it off, Snyder made it clear that while ‘Justice League‘ is an important film, it’s just a movie within the grand scheme of things. A film about men and women fighting alien creatures will never be more important than family.
What happens now?
The director of ‘Avengers‘ and ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ Joss Whedon, has taken over the role of commanding the “Justice League” ship until the movie’s release on November 17, 2017. The movie is in post-production right now, so there’s not much for Whedon to do, but it should be noted that new scenes are required, and Warner Bros. has asked Whedon to oversee the matter.
Now the company says the tone and the overall direction is all Snyder, and as such, fans should not expect any big changes from Whedon.
“It’s the same characters in some new scenes. He’s handing a baton to Joss but the course has really been set by Zack. I still believe that despite this tragedy, we’ll still end up with a great movie,” according to the president of Warner Bros., Toby Emmerich.
The big question is, will Zack Snyder ever return to the DC Extended Universe after mourning his daughter? It could all depend on how much the universe has changed since he left and his state of mind.
Our condolences go out to Zack Snyder and his family in their time of sorrow.