Zack Snyder Steps Down From ‘Justice League’ Due To Tragedy

Director Zack Snyder has stepped down from Justice League due to a family tragedy, while Joss Whedon will finish post-production on the film.

It was announced today that Justice League director Zack Snyder is stepping away from the remainder of the post-production on the upcoming DC film, as he and his family deal with a tragic family loss. The Hollywood Reporter revealed today the sad details that back in March, Snyder’s 20 year old daughter Autumn Snyder died by suicide. Ms. Snyder’s death was kept private since then until today as Snyder has officially stepped down.

Snyder gave a statement to Hollywood Reporter about trying to finish the film that is in post-production while dealing with the death of this daughter. But the task got too difficult as Snyder has decided to step away in order to be with his family as they are all going through a difficult time.

“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. The demands of this job are pretty intense. It is all consuming. And in the last two months I’ve come to the realization …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.”

It was also revealed that Joss Whedon, who will be writing and directing Batgirl, will take over for Snyder to finish post-production. Whedon has also written a couple of extra scenes that will be shot and added to the final version of Justice League. Warner Bros. Pictures president Toby Emmerich stressed that these scenes will not feature the introduction of new characters.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League opens in theaters on Friday, November 17.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Reasons To Be Optimistic About ‘Wonder Woman’

There’s a fair amount riding on Wonder Woman, DC’s summer blockbuster, for more reasons than just being the first major female superhero movie made. It follows up two divisive entries in the universe, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. While successful, the performances of both at the box office and with critics merited re-evaluation by the filmmakers in the form of corporate restructuring and written mea culpas.

Despite these stumbles, there’s many reasons to be optimistic about Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot was well-received as Diana Prince in Batman v Superman, it’s set in the past, focusing on one character after two ensemble pictures, and both Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns add directorial and comic credibility, respectively. Plus, it’s no small thing that DC Films will beat Marvel Studios to the first female superhero movie, despite the latter having made over a dozen movies to former’s four. It’s important milestone for representation in pop culture.

Here’s 10 reasons to be optimistic about the Wonder Woman movie. Click Next to start!

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht is an online entertainment journalist who has been covering television and movies since 2010. In addition, he is also a podcast producer.