First of all, before we report this news, we just want to say our thoughts and prayers go out to Zack Snyder and his family. We can’t even begin to imagine how difficult this must be for them.
For those who don’t know, Snyder’s 20-year-old daughter Autumn committed suicide back in March. Her death was being kept private, even when filming for Justice League entered an unexpected two-week break, those involved managed to keep the news private.
But now Snyder and his wife Deborah are ready to talk, and they realized they both need a break. Snyder has decided to step away from the movie, which is currently in post production. All directing duties will be sent to Joss Whedon, who is more than capable of handling the filming of additional scenes.
And thanks to Whedon, the film is still expected to be released on Nov. 17, 2017. During an interview on Monday from inside his office, Snyder talked about how much his family needs him right now.
“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.”
And obviously Warner Bros. understands why Snyder had to step away, the studio president Toby Emmerich told reporters, “What they are going through is unimaginable, and my heart — our hearts — go out to them.”
Yeah, our hearts go out to them as well. Not much else you can say in a situation like this.