There’s been a lot of rumours about the status of Justice League recently, but in a development no one was expecting, it’s been announced this evening that director Zack Snyder is leaving the production in a critical time during its post-production to deal with a family tragedy. As Snyder and his wife and co-producer Deborah Snyder deal with their grief, the Justice League has been left in the capable hands of a filmmaker that knows something about bringing superhero teams to the big screen, The Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Snyders are taking personal time following the death of their daughter Autumn back in March. The 20-year-old took her own life, and after a two week break, Snyder thought the best way for him to cope was to get back to work on the DC Comics based film. “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,” Snyder told THR. “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.”
Whedon, who was recently announced as the writer and director on a live-action Batgirl film for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, has been working side-by-side with Snyder the last month on post-production. According to sources close to Justice League, Snyder brought Whedon on to help him create some new scenes for the the film after screening a rough cut of the film for friends and colleagues. Those scenes are scheduled to go before the camera sometime next month, but now Whedon will supervise those reshoots and all other aspects of post-production on the film.
“The directing is minimal and it has to adhere to the style and tone and the template that Zack set,” Warner Bros. Pictures president Toby Emmerich told THR. “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 will be in theatres everywhere on November 17.
Source: The Wrap