– by Joseph Jammer Medina

According to a report from THR Zack Snyder is stepping down as director of Justice League during the post-production and reshoot phase of the film. Given all the verbal abuse Snyder gets online these days, it may be easy to think that Snyder stepped down over disagreements with Warner Bros. However, that is not at all the case. 

Snyder has stepped down to deal with a family tragedy. Back in March, the filmmaker’s daughter committed suicide, and Snyder has decided to take this time to focus on grieving and healing 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 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.

“Here’s the thing, I never planned to make this public. 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 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.”

The studio is supporting Snyder in this decision, and to help in carrying out his vision is Avengers and upcoming Batgirl director Joss Whedon. Following a screening of the current cut of the film, Snyder opted to add some scenes, and had decided to hire Whedon to write them. As such, it makes sense, that he’d be brought on to helm. However, don’t expect a huge change in style and tone.

Warner Bros. president Toby Emmerich stated:

“The directing is minimal and it has to adhere to the style and tone and the template that Zack set. We’re not introducing any new characters. It’s the same characters in some new scenes. He’s handing a 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.”

Let’s hope so. But this definitely adds in an interesting narrative into Justice League. If nothing else, it’ll make it especially interesting to see where this leads in terms of online interest in the film. Given Whedon’s history in TV, as well as his experience with The Avengers, it’s unlikely that Warner could have found a better choice. He’ll know how to stick to a style, all while working to elevate the product.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.