Director of the upcoming Justice League film, Zack Snyder, stepped down after working on the movie to support himself and his family while dealing with the tragic death of his beloved daughter.
Snyder, who is a pioneer of adaptations for comic books, including Watchmen, 300, Batman v Superman, and Man of Steel, recently spoke about the tragedy for the very first time.
Snyder also announced that Joss Whedon, Avengers director, will be picking u where he left off to finish filming.
Autumn Snyder, daughter of the director, died after committing suicide last March at the young age of only 20.
He said to The Hollywood Reporter recently: “In my mind, I thought it was a cathartic thing to go back to work, to just bury myself and see if that was the way through it.”
“The demands of this job are pretty intense. It is all-consuming.”
“And in the last two months, 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.”
The family never personally shared their sad news with people around them, but when the Justice League movie appeared to need more scenes to be filmed abroad, Snyder decided that he was unable to be away from his home and recruited Whedon’s help.
He stated: “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 a 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.” Autumn had been Snyder’s daughter with Denise Weber, his first wife, with whom he had four children.
He also fathers two other children with Kirsten Elin, as well as two adopted children Deborah Snyder, his second wife, who also stepped down as producer for the exact same reason. Snyder went on to say: “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.”