‘Justice League’: Zack Snyder Steps Down Due to Tragedy; Joss Whedon Enters

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A personal tragedy has led filmmaker Zack Snyder to step away from Justice League.

Warner Bros.’ upcoming DC film is currently in post-production and is scheduled for release later this year, and the plan is to keep it that way.

In an interview with THR, the filmmaker discussed what it is that has made him step away: the suicide of his 20-year-old daughter in March.

“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 said.

“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.”

While no one wants to see a director step away from a project this far into it, an awful, tragic development such as this more than warrants a decision to reorganise priorities.

Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron filmmaker Joss Whedon, who was attached to Warner Bros.’ planned Batgirl movie in March, has been brought in. THR reports that Whedon will be shepherding what’s left of the post-production process and will be shooting additional scenes.

“The directing is minimal and it has to adhere to the style and tone and the template that Zack set,” explained Warner Bros. Pictures president Toby Emmerich.

“We’re not introducing any new characters. It’s the same characters in some new scenes. He’s handing the 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, starring Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller, will arrive in Australia on November 16 and opens in the US on November 17.