Superheroes have always been about doing the right thing regardless of how difficult the circumstances. Now, Zack Snyder, director of Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice and November's Justice League, finds himself in a very similar situation.
The director has informed The Hollywood Reporter he is stepping back from Justice League, now in post-production, in order to deal with the sudden death of his daughter. Wife Deborah Snyder, who also serves as a producer on the film, will be stepping back to focus on family.
Batgirl director Joss Whedon will be stepping in to shepherd the movie through post and the shooting of some additional scenes. The all-star DC Entertainment film is still on track for release on November 17th.
Autumn Snyder died by suicide in March at the age of 20. Her passing has been kept a closely guarded secret, with only a very small inner circle aware of what had happened.
"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 trade.
Joss Whedon had been brought in by Snyder to write some additional scenes for Justice League ahead of its November 17th release. Shortly before shooting these scenes, Snyder realized it was no time to leave home. "The directing is minimal and it has to adhere to the style and tone and the template that Zack set,” says Warner Bros. president Toby Emmerich. “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."
And we're inclined to agree.
The team at Infinite Earths would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Snyder family, as well as the friends and family of Autumn Snyder during this difficult time.
Source: THR Heat Vision
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