Joss Whedon will take over in the wake of a tragedy in Snyder’s family.
In a tragic turn of events, Justice League director Zack Snyder has announced that he is stepping down from the forthcoming superhero blockbuster to spend time with his family following the death of his daughter, Autumn Snyder.
According to an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Snyder and his wife, producer Deborah—who will also be stepping away from the film—have been mourning in private since their daughter’s suicide in March. She was 20.
To finish the film—which has already completed principal photography, with only reshoots and post-production remaining—Avengers director Joss Whedon has taken over and will oversee the remaining work, which includes a few additional scenes Snyder had asked him to write. Whedon—who was in talks to write and direct a Batgirl film for Warner Bros.—isn’t going to be making any substantial changes to the film, since the majority of the work involved is done. His involvement, according to Snyder, stems from Snyder’s desire to not let his personal hardship cause the movie to be delayed.
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