Incredibly sad news has come out of the Justice League production. Director Zack Snyder has left the post-production process in order to be with his family after his daughter’s suicide. Snyder’s daughter died in March and he intended to keep the matter private as he completed work on Justice League. However, he felt that it was more important to be with his wife and children in this time of grief. Joss Whedon, who will be helming a Batgirl film for DC, has stepped in and will handle reshoots and other aspects of post-production.
This is a tragedy that fans need to respect. Snyder has even anticipated what kind of fan reaction there will be to this news and how it will color the conversation around Justice League. It’s best to hear what he has to say about the matter:
“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 is…I’m past caring about that kind of thing now.”
“I want the movie to be amazing and I’m a fan, but that all pales pretty quickly in comparison. I know the 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.”
And he’s right. No matter what happens with Justice League, it is just a movie. The heartbreak that Snyder and his family are feeling are more important and affecting. We at FANDOM send him our deepest sympathies during this incredibly difficult period.