Oh dear, this is absolutely heartbreaking. We’ve just learned that Zack Snyder has stepped down from directing “Justice League” due to a family tragedy.
Back in March, Zack and Deborah Snyder’s 20-year-old daughter Autumn committed suicide. At the time, the filmmaker thought it’d be better to dive headfirst into work as a distraction. Unable to cope with the work demands, Joss Whedon was then brought onboard to take over.
“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. 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,” Snyder told The Hollywood Reporter.
“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 break, I knew there would be narratives created on the internet. They’ll do what they do,” the filmmaker added.
He continued, “The truth it…I’m past caring about that kind of thing now. 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.”
We can’t even begin to imagine what the Snyder family must be going through. Despite the setback, the president of Warner Bros. Toby Emmerich assures fans that the final product for “Justice League” is going to be amazing.
Our thoughts and well-wishes to Zack Snyder and his family during this difficult time in their lives.