Zack Snyder steps down from ‘Justice League’ to deal with family tragedy

23 May

Zack Snyder has announced that he will be stepping down from his position as the director of ‘Justice League’ to deal with family and personal tragedies.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Snyder’s daughter, Autumn committed suicide in March at the age of 20, prompting a two-week break from the movie production. Snyder said he was at first eager to return to work.

“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,” Snyder told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday. “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’s wife and the movie’s producer, Deborah Snyder will also be stepping down to focus on the family healing. Aside from Autumn, the couple has been raising seven children.

“Here’s the thing, I never planned to make this public,” he said. “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 is … I’m past caring about that kind of thing now.

“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.”

The studio supports Snyder’s move. “What they are going through is unimaginable, and my heart — our hearts — go out to them,” said Warner Bros. Pictures president Toby Emmerich.

Snyder will be replaced by Joss Whedon, who is responsible for guiding the post-production stage and shooting additional scenes to ensure the movie is still on track for a November 17 release.