Zack Snyder Steps Down From ‘Justice League’ Due To Tragedy; Joss Whedon To Finish

Zack Snyder Justice LeagueIt 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

10 Reasons To Be Optimistic About ‘Wonder Woman’

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Wonder WomanThere’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!

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  • Antonio

    Wow that is really crazy. I hope Zach and his family are grieving properly

  • 12stepCornelius

    May she rest in peace. The man has dealt with enough. Hope he and his family can heal from this as much as they can. All I can give is support, love, and gratitude for him being so passionate about these movies.

  • DMcC

    What a nightmare. Hope he and his family can recover.

  • nelson

    Very sad loss. No father should go through this. My prayers are with him and his entire family.

  • Marquis de Sade

    Dang, that’s rough. Sympathies and compassion goes out to Mr. Snyder.

    • Nando

      You still being a douche

  • Scott Whalen

    As a parent, I can’t even begin to imagine his pain. I’m liked both MoS and BvS and was really looking forward to Justice League.

    • cedric

      now Joss Whedon will rip this saga

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  • Tory_Angel

    RIP, Autumn Snyder. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • cedric

    RIP DCU :'(

  • Axxell

    That’s terrible. The only message I can give to people thinking of taking their own lives is, there’s people looking to help you; there’s NO problem that can be solved by death, it only creates more pain onto the people who love you.

  • Adventure Cats

    one of my teachers had their father’s life taken by suicide. This is a growing problem in families :( Rest In Peace, I send my condolences