Joss Whedon picks up Justice League following family tragedy for Zack Snyder
We're terribly sad to report that Zack Snyder has had to step down from finishing Justice League following the death of his daughter, Autumn, to suicide earlier this year. Previously kept private the news of his daughter's death was revealed when Snyder decided to step aside and spend more time with his family while they deal with coming to terms with the sad news.
Snyder had thrown himself into his work but decided this wasn't the right thing to do.
“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… 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.”
Following test screenings of the film, Snyder brought in Joss Whedon to write some additional scenes, but now Whedon is picking up directorial duties and will put the finishing touches to Justice League.
Talking about the switch of director, Warner President Toby Emmerich said "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.”
Whedon is also writing and directing the upcoming Warner/DC Batgirl film.
Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman / Bruce Wayne, Henry Cavill as Superman / Clark Kent, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince alongside Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Willem Dafoe, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons and Amy Adams. It arrives in UK cinemas on 17th November.