Zack Snyder recently made the difficult decision to step away from directing Justice League, to focus on his family after a terrible personal tragedy. And it is none other than Joss Whedon who has come in to help finish the film in time for its November 17 release date.
Snyder’s daughter Autumn died of suicide in March, an event that was initially kept private as Snyder tried to gather his strength to go back to Justice League. But in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the director said his family just needed him more right now:
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, perhaps anticipating what the Internet peanut gallery might have to comment on the situation, added:
Here’s the thing, I never planned to make this public. I thought it would just be in the family, a private matter, our private sorrow that we would deal with. When it became obvious that I need to take break, I knew there would be narratives created on the internet. They’ll do what they do. The truth it…I’m past caring about that kind of thing now.
Avengers director Whedon, who’s helming the upcoming Batgirl movie, will be helping shepherd Justice League in post-production and film a few additional scenes.