Joss Whedon Takes Over ‘Justice League’ As Zack Snyder Deals with Family Tragedy

‘Justice League’ will have a new director for the final cuts of the movie as Zack Snyder deals with a tragedy in his family…

Zack Snyder has stepped away from his directorial duties on the upcoming ‘Justice League’ film to spend time with his family following the tragic death of his daughter.

Snyder revealed on Monday that his daughter, Autumn Snyder, took her own life at just 20 years of age recently and he’s taking time off from the movie so he can focus on his family in the wake of her passing.

“I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me,” Snyder told the Hollywood Reporter.

Snyder’s wife Deborah, who was a producer on the ‘Justice League’ film, has also stepped away from her duties to focus on her family during an impossibly tough time for all of them.

According to Snyder, he attempted to continue working on the ‘Justice League’ movie but after ordering some additional reshoots with scenes written by Joss Whedon that were going to be filmed in England, the director realized he couldn’t be away from his home or his family for that long. Rather than push the movie back from it’s scheduled November 17 release date, Snyder brought on Whedon to direct the reshoots and handle the post production work on the ‘Justice League’ movie.

Whedon — best known for his work on the first two ‘Avengers’ movies for Marvel as well as creating ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer — just recently joined the DC and Warner Bros. family after he inked a deal to direct the upcoming ‘Batgirl’ film but now he’ll take over directorial duties on ‘Justice League’ from now until the film is released later this year.

With Whedon joining the film for the reshoots as well as post production, ‘Justice League’ is still expected to release into theaters on Nov. 17.

For their part, Warner Bros. was completely on board with Snyder stepping away from the ‘Justice League’ movie to focus on his family while giving him whatever time he needs to deal with the tragic loss of his daughter.

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