A New Director Will Finish The Upcoming 'Justice League' Movie

Original director Zack Snyder stepped away from the Warner Bros. film to deal with a family tragedy.
Posted at 10:36 AM, May 23, 2017

Filmmaker Zack Snyder is stepping away from the upcoming "Justice League" movie.

The director told The Hollywood Reporter he attempted to get back to work on the superhero movie shortly after his 20-year-old daughter took her own life earlier this year. But he's now realized he needs to be with his family.

"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," Snyder told The Hollywood Reporter.

Snyder's wife, Deborah, who is a producer on "Justice League," is also stepping back from the film.

The couple have seven other children and stepchildren. Zack Snyder's daughter was his child from a previous marriage.

Snyder is a key player in Warner Bros.' superhero movie universe. He previously directed "Man of Steel" and last year's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."

"Justice League," which stars Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and Ezra Miller, is currently in post-production. But Snyder had planned to film a couple of additional scenes.

So, Joss Whedon will be taking over.

He's well-known as the creator of the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" TV series. Whedon also directed "The Avengers" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and was recently tapped by Warner Bros. to write and direct a Batgirl movie as part of its DC Extended Universe.

Warner Bros. still plans to release "Justice League" in November.