'It's just a movie' - Justice League director Zack Snyder steps down to spend time with family following daughter's suicide
Director Zack Snyder has passed the directing baton on to Joss Whedon for the upcoming Justice League superhero movie.
Snyder's daughter Autumn (20) died by suicide in March and the director said he wants to spend time with his wife and seven other children.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, he said, "I've decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me."
The film was originally put on a two week break while Snyder dealt with the fallout of the tragedy with his wife Deboarh, who is a producer on the film, and although he then returned to work he said he feels he needs time away.
“In my mind, I thought it was a cathartic thing to go back to work, to just bury myself and see if that was the way through it,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.
“The demands of this job are pretty intense. It is all-consuming. And in the last two months, I’ve come to the realisation … 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.”
WHedon will direct some additional scenes and the movie is still slated for a November 17 release date.
"I know 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," said Snyder.
Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller and Jason Momoa.