It has been announced that Justice League director Zack Snyder will be making his departure from the film. This decision comes wake of the tragic death of his 20 year old daughter, Autumn Snyder, who committed suicide this past March.
Snyder admitted in a statement that: “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.”
Snyder fully planned on keeping Autumn’s death private from the world at large and to let only those that he and his family were closest to privy to their tragic loss. “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. They’ll do what they do. The truth it…I’m past caring about that kind of thing now.” He went on to confess his feelings and perspective towards the project within the grand scope of the reality of his situation. “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.”
While the majority of the film has been completed by Snyder, Joss Whedon (of The Avengers fame) has been brought in to write and direct some additional scenes for the film, which have yet to be shot. It was due to Snyder’s satisfaction with the project at its present state of completion that he felt that it was the appropriate time to step down and to bring in Whedon to complete the film.
Warner Bros. president Toby Emmerich expressed his complete confidence in the change of directors at this juncture in the project and the film’s ultimate success. “The directing is minimal and it has to adhere to the style and tone and the template that Zack set. We’re not introducing any new characters. 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.”
Mr. Snyder and his family are in our hearts and in our prayers.
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