Justice League director Zack Snyder has announced that he will be stepping down from all remaining duties of post production and subsequent reshoots. He is passing the baton over to Batgirl director Joss Whedon, who will oversee completion of the movie for its release later this year.
Tragedy struck the Snyder family back in March when Autumn Snyder, daughter to Zack and first wife Denise, committed suicide. In what was originally supposed to be a private family matter, Snyder spoke to The Hollywood Reporter to open up about the last few months of hardship and how it had affected his family.
When it became obvious that I need to take break, I knew there would be narratives created on the internet. They’ll do what they do. The truth it…I’m past caring about that kind of thing now… I want the movie 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.
Originally, Zack Snyder was only going to take a mere two-week break away from the movie. He has since realized that this is simply not enough and that family must come first.
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.
With current wife Deborah Snyder also serving as a producer on the movie, Warner Bros. has been supporting the pair throughout this heartbreaking ordeal. Release date pushbacks and extended leave were all graciously rejected in favour of an amicable departure.
Joss Whedon was already in line to serve as writer for the reshoots so it makes sense to hand The Avengers director the reigns for material he’s already comfortable working with. Although, I’m sure we all prefer it be under very different circumstances indeed.
All of us at Don’t Hate the Geek send out our deepest condolences to the Snyder Family at this difficult time.