Zack Snyder has stepped down from his role as director of the upcoming Justice League to deal with personal grief, with Joss Whedon replacing him.
Zack Snyder has proven to be a divisive figure within the DCEU up to now. Certainly his movies have a stylistic flair that sets them apart, but some have found his adaptation of the DC comics to be overly dark and moody. In a rather sad turn of events, the director has elected to stand down from his role as director of the upcoming Justice League movie – due to family loss.
Zack Snyder lost his daughter back in March. His family chose to keep the news quiet to allow for private mouring. For their part, Warner Bros reportedly offered to push the movie back to relieve pressure on the director – but instead, Snyder has elected to stand down from his role as director.
Snyder released the following statement regarding his decision;
“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 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.”
Snyder will reportedly be given as much time as he needs to get through his personal loss, which is very considerate. It’s obviously an exceptionally dark period and we wish him all the best as he comes to terms with the grief. Movies are fun, but there’s obviously more important things.
Meanwhile Joss Whedon has been handed the role in the interim period, which will see the movie undergo re-shoots and editing. With so much work left to go, it’s certainly going to be interesting to see how the movie pans out now that one of Marvel’s former top directors is working for the competition.