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Zack Snyder Steps Down From 'Justice League' Movie

Zack Snyder Steps Down From 'Justice League' Movie

The decision follows the recent loss of his daughter.



Director Zack Snyder has dropped out from his role in the production of Justice League following his daughter's recentsuicide.

Snyder, known for his film adaptations of comic books, including Batman v Superman, Watchmen and 300, has come forward to speak about his family tragedy for the first time since the incident in March.

"In the last two months, 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.

He revealed that Avengers director Joss Whedon would be picking up his role for the time that remains of production on Justice League.

"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."

Zack Snyder
Zack Snyder

Zack and Deborah Snyder, Credit: PA

Initially, Snyder had not planned to make his family's devastating news public and had only informed close friends and family. However, when it became apparent that Justice League would require several scenes to be shot abroad in the UK, he decided he would have to step down from directorial duties.

"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 needed 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."

Autumn, Snyder's daughter from his first marriage to Denise Weber, died two months ago at the age of 20.

Snyder is father to eight children in total, including two with his wife, Deborah Snyder, who has also stepped down from her role as a producer on Justice League.

Credit: DC/Warner Bros.

"I want the movie to be amazing, and I'm a fan, but that all pales pretty quickly in comparison," said Snyder.

"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."

Warner Bros. Pictures are making the film and the company's president, Toby Emmerich, has voiced his support for the family's decision:

"What they are going through is unimaginable, and my heart - our hearts - go out to them. The directing is minimal and it has to adhere to the style and tone and the template that Zack set. We're not introducing any new characters, it's the same characters in some new scenes.

"He's handing the 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."

Justice League is still set for release on its original date of 17 November 2017.

Words: Paddy Maddison

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