Zack Snyder is stepping down as director of ‘Justice League’ to focus on his family following the suicide of daughter Autumn. Snyder’s wife, Deborah Snyder, who works on the film as a producer, is also taking time off.
“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,” a teary Snyder told in a new interview with ‘The Hollywood Reporter’, with Deborah 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 realisation … 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,” he said.
The family originally kept their daughter’s death private but Snyder decided to go public with her suicide to stop people from speculating.
“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,” he added.
Joss Whedon, who directed both of Marvel's ‘Avengers’ movies, will step in to help the movie through the post-production process and the filming of a few additional scenes
The president of Warner Bros. Pictures, Toby Emmerich, also added that even with Whedon helping, this is still very much Zack Snyder’s movie.
“The directing is minimal and it has to adhere to the style and tone and the template that Zack set,” Emmerich said. “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.”
‘Justice League’ will be released November 17.