Zack Snyder has stepped away from directing Justice League to be with his family following a bereavement. In a heartbreaking announcement, Zack Synder revealed that his daughter, Autumn Snyder, died by suicide in March at the age of 20.
"Here's the thing, I never planned to make this public. 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."
After recently screening a rough cut of Justice League, Warner Bros wanted several additional scenes added and brought in Joss Whedon to write them. Production was set to start on the additional filming block in London, and that's when Zack Snyder decided he needed to step away.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Snyder made an emotional statement.
"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. 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.
I want the movie to be amazing and I'm a fan, but that all pales pretty quickly in comparison. 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."
I hate that we live in such times when a filmmaker has to share a personal tragedy like this to avoid negativity towards a movie. Regardless of what you may think of Zack Snyder, the filmmaker, he is a husband, a father and a human being first. All of our deepest sympathies go out to the Snyder family.
Joss Whedon will oversee the remainder of the Justice League shoot, and the November 17 release date remains unchanged.