Monday, May 22, 2017

Justice League Director Steps Aside After Daughter's Death

Zack Snyder has stepped down from his role as director for the ensemble superhero movie "Justice League" after the recent death of his daughter.

A source close to production who was not authorized to speak publicly said Monday that director Joss Whedon would take over completing the film, which should still hit its Nov. 17 release.

Snyder and his wife and producing partner Deborah Snyder told The Hollywood Reporter they will be using the time away to focus on their family and seven children.

The Reporter story stated Snyder's 20-year-old daughter, Autumn, killed herself in March. Coroner's spokesman Ed Winter said Autumn Snyder's March 12 death is being investigated as a possible suicide due to an overdose of prescription medications. The official cause of death has been deferred pending toxicology results.

Snyder told the magazine that at first he tried to throw himself back into work, but in the past two months realized he needed to be with his family — especially as additional photography shoots in London loomed on the horizon.

"They are all having a hard time. I'm having a hard time," Snyder said.

The Snyders are cornerstone players in Warner Bros. production of DC Comics films. He directed both "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Man of Steel" and is serving as a producer on the additional films in the DC Universe, including last year's "Suicide Squad" and the upcoming "Wonder Woman."

"Justice League" is a critical entry in the slate of DC films, bringing together major superheroes like Ben Affleck's Batman, Henry Cavill's Superman, Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller's The Flash and Jason Momoa's Aquaman.


Jill said...

Not buying it.

david said...

Sad that a young woman felt as if she had nothing to live for.
(My wife and I hear that at least once a week.)

From my POV, DC Comics turned into movies rarely make it as successful films.

All the best to the Snyder family.

Scandi Sanskrit said...

WTF is wrong with you?!

Ginger said...

I actually second this.

Kate said...

Very sad.... and as a parent it must torture.i can't imagine the regrets that must pile up in the mind in the aftermath of something like this.

Sadie said...

Terrible particularly a suicide because if you've ever had someone close commit suicide, you'll always be tormented by the thought you could have prevented it.

Sarah said...

Horrible! Thinking of him and his family--no one should ever have to go through the pain surrounding a loved one committing suicide.

OKay said...

Sorry, but I don't believe it either.


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