‘Justice League’: Zack Snyder Steps Away After Family Tragedy, Joss Whedon to Take Over

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Zack Snyder is stepping away from Warner Bros. tentpole “Justice League” in order to deal with the death of his daughter, sources tell Variety. 

Joss Whedon, who was recently tapped to direct “Batgirl” for the studio, will oversee the remainder of the film, which is currently in post-production.

Snyder’s daughter died of suicide in March and the director, along with his wife Deborah, who is also a producer on the film, have decided to take a break from the film in order to deal with the sudden tragedy.

Filming on “Justice League” had already finished, and Snyder was in the throes of post-production in order to meet the film’s Nov. 17 release date. Whedon will now oversee a handful of reshoots that had already been scheduled prior to Synder’s daughter’s death, as well as the post-production process.

There are no plans to push the release date at this time. The film stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as the Flash, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg.

Autumn Snyder died by suicide in March at age 20. Her death has been kept private, even as the movie was put on a two-week break for the Snyder family to deal with the tragedy.

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  1. Okay she died in March of suicide and they only acknowledged it now. 2 months later “have decided to take a break from the film in order to deal with the sudden tragedy.”, that was 2 months ago!!! sad that people like them treat death to close family member (a daughter) as nothing until 2 months later?? To these people MONEY speaks before family, so sad.

    • Justin says:

      You’re an idiot, no offense. For those 2 months they were distraught and in mourning. And while dealing with this tragedy they had to figure out who was going to take Zack’s place and how the film was going to move forward without them so that they could grieve in peace. They released a statement 2 months after the fact because that’s when they felt like releasing a statement. They owe you nothing.

  2. Alex Meyer says:

    How awful. My heart goes out to the Snyder family.

  3. Marc Douglas says:

    this is always a tragedy,its so sad.

  4. James says:

    This is very sad & I wish Zack Snyder and his wife all the best.

    I think when something like that happens, then even your $300 mill.
    blockbuster suddenly looks worthless.

    How did the Snyders manage to make this a secret for 2 months ?
    Did they really just pretend that nothing happened and went to work ?
    Hard to imagine.

    Just be honest about it.

    When it’s sad, it’s sad.

  5. Heartfelt condolences to the Snyder family. Having worked in the industry I found myself losing sight of life outside of production because I was “making a movie” or working on a “tv series”. Production can be consuming and it takes work to renew spiritually & physically. Healing prayers to the Snyders.

  6. eric the mad says:

    How could I possibly take pleasure in this fact? Sad news.

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