In a stunning turn of events due to a family tragedy, Joss Whedon has come onboard to finish Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” film at Warner Bros. Pictures.
THR reports that Snyder is stepping away from the currently in post-production project and all other work he’s involved with at this time following the sudden suicide of the filmmaker’s 20-year-old daughter Autumn Snyder in March.
Her death had been kept private even as the movie was put on a two-week break for the Snyders to deal with the immediate aftermath. Snyder’s wife, Deborah Snyder, who is a producer on “Justice League,” is also taking a break to focus on the healing of their family. In the interview, Zack Snyder says:
“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. 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.”
The studio floated the possibility of pushing back the release date of the movie, but the Snyders decided against that suggestion. Warners has also extended Snyder’s first-look deal to give him time to work on other planned projects when he returns.
After a test screening, Snyder brought Whedon on board to write some additional scenes. But as Snyder prepared for the additional filming in the UK, he realised he had to stay home. Whedon will now shepherd the movie through post-production and the filming of these additional scenes. Sndyer has already planned those scenes out and so Whedon will follow the template Snyder has set.
The film very much remains Snyder’s project and Snyder is already anticipating what some trollish DC comics fans are going to say:
“I thought it would just be in the family, a private matter, our private sorrow that we would deal with. When it became obvious that I need to take a break, I knew there would be narratives created on the internet. They’ll do what they do. The truth it…I’m past caring about that kind of thing now.
I want the movie to be amazing and I’m a fan, but that all pales pretty quickly in comparison. I know the fans are going to be worried about the movie but there are seven other kids that need me. In the end, it’s just a movie. It’s a great movie. But it’s just a movie.”
At present, the movie is still on track for its November 17th release date. Our sincerest condolensces go out to the Snyder family in this time of grief.