Some particularly sad news for the comic book movie industry, as it’s been announced that Zack and Deborah Snyder are stepping down from their roles as director and producer respectively on Justice League, for personal reasons.
The Snyders’ daughter, Autumn, died in March at the age of 20; a fact that had been kept private by the family as they attempted to continue working following the tragedy. However, they have now found it too difficult to continue, and so have handed over the reins on post-production and some scheduled reshoots.
We hope our words don’t come across as disingenuous, given that we’ve not been shy in criticising Snyder’s work in the past; however, there are some things that transcend something as trivial as opinions on movies, and we offer Zack, Deborah and their entire family our sincerest condolences and best wishes.
In a surprise move, Joss Whedon – already working with DC/Warners on a Batgirl adaptation – has been hired to oversee the remainder of the post-production process, including those reshoots. It remains to be seen whether his style or voice will have an effect on the finished product, although it seems likely that he’ll take more of a “guiding hand” role, to steer the film through according to Snyder’s vision.
Justice League remains slated for release in November.
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