Zack Snyder, the man responsible for building the foundation of the DC Entertainment Universe, has decided to step away from directing the Justice League, per a report by THR. Snyder is leaving the project, unfinished, to be with his family after tragedy struck the Snyder family this past March.
Zack, ex-wife Denise Snyder, and Deborah Snyder lost their 20-year old daughter, Autumn Snyder, to suicide in March.
The news of her death was kept very private, only known by a select few. It even caused the project to silently be put on hold for two weeks so the Snyders could handle the situation. At first, Zack Snyder was looking forward to returning, but it appears now that the weight of the tragedy has become too much for his family to bear and he decided to step down.
Justice League will now be finished by former Avengers 1 & 2 director, and current Batgirl director, Joss Whedon.
Whether you love what Zack Snyder as a filmmaker or not, you have to feel for him and his family. No parent should ever outlive their children. It’s admirable that him and his wife (who is also a producer of Justice League) decided to put their family first, and the outpouring of love and support from the cast and crew has been beautiful to see.
As for the film itself, Justice League will be in good hands with Whedon as he is no stranger to big superhero team-ups. Plus, his job should be an easy one. Justice League began filming last year so it’s likely that it’s almost done, anyway. No doubt, Whedon will do the Snyders proud.
The entire Cinelinx team extend their thoughts and prayers to the Snyder family in their time of need.
To learn more about Autumn Snyder, read the full THR exclusive.