Zack Snyder is stepping down from the role of DC Comics’ Justice League director citing family reasons, according to Hollywood Reporter. His fellow Joss Whedon will be handling the remaining post production of the film, which is due to release on November 17th this year.
The filmmaker’s daughter Autumn Snyder died in March by committing suicide, following that Snyder decided to step back from the mega-budget superhero movie to spend time with his family and kids. Synder has directed many high-budgeted superhero movies, including 300 and Watchmen to Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The one who takes over the Justice League, Warner Bros.’ all-star DC Comics superhero mega-movie is the director of Marvel’s The Avengers.
“In my mind, I thought it was a cathartic thing to go back to work, to just bury myself and see if that was the way through it,” said an emotional Snyder in an interview Monday in his office on the Warner Bros. lot, with Deborah sitting by his side. “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.”
“The directing is minimal and it has to adhere to the style and tone and the template that Zack set,” said Warner Bros. president Tony Emmerich. “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.”