Posted by Mark Bridge On May - 22 - 2017 0 Comment

Zack Snyder stepped down from his directorial duties on the Justice League film due to the tragic death of his daughter, Autumn from a previous marriage.  Although her death occurred last March, both Zack and his current wife\producing partner Deborah Snyder just exited the project.  In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Zack was willing to continue working on the film to completion and didn’t plan to take the tragic news public.

“In my mind, I thought it was a cathartic thing to go back to work, to just bury myself and see if that was way through it,” Zack Snyder tells THR. “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.”

Principal Photography was completed, but after viewing a rough cut of the film with friends and other filmmakers, Snyder wanted to shoot some additional scenes.  Writing and directing those scenes will now be headed by Joss Whedon who made the jump to WB\DC after his directing efforts on Marvel’s The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron.  He made a big splash in the news outlets when he was announced as the director of Batgirl.

Whedon has a distinct style and tone to his films which is certainly different from Snyder, but Warner Bros. Pictures president Toby Emmerich assures THR that there won’t be any tonal shifts caused by the change.

“The directing is minimal and it has to adhere to the style and tone and the template that Zack set,” Emmerich tells THR. “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.”

Despite the setback the tragedy has caused, the film will make its release date of November 17.  WB wanted to push the film back, but the Snyders decided against it.  Our hearts goes out to Zack and his family.

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