Zack Snyder departs Justice League after family tragedy, Joss Whedon will finish film
Zack Snyder has departed Justice League after a family tragedy with Avengers director Joss Whedon stepping in to finish the film.
Snyder has stepped away from the movie after his daughter took her own life in March, with Whedon coming in to finish the process.
Whedon, who had already been brought in to write additional scenes, will now oversee the shooting of those scenes and the post-production process.
Speaking about the situation, Snyder told the Hollywood Reporter: "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," he says. "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."
Warner Bros. Pictures president Toby Emmerich said of the transition from Snyder to Weedon: "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."
Justice League unites Ben Affleck's Batman, Henry Cavill's Superman, Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher's Cyborg, Ezra Miller's The Flash and Jason Momoa's Aquaman, is currently in post-production.
Despite the change in director, the movie has not been delayed and will open in cinemas on November 17th in 2017 with a second instalment set to follow two years later. J.K. Simmons and Willem Dafoe are also in the cast, Simmons will play Commissioner Gordon, while Dafoe's role is as yet unknown.
Ciaran Hinds, best known for his roles in There Will Be Blood and Frozen, will portray Steppenwolf, the villain in Justice League.