Zack Snyder steps down from Justice League following the tragic death of his daughter
Avengers director Joss Whedon will take over production.
Director Zack Snyder has dropped out from his role in the production of Justice League following the recent death of his daughter.
Snyder, who is known for his film adaptations of comic books, has come forward to speak about the suicide of his daughter for the first time since the incident took place in March.
Thanks for the outpouring of support. I can't express how much it means to Debbie & I and Autumn’s mother, Denise, at such a difficult time.
— Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) May 23, 2017
He told the Hollywood Reporter: "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 director of Man Of Steel and Batman v Superman added that: "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."
Initially, Snyder had planned to keep the devastating news away from the public eye and only inform close friends and family.
However, given the fact that several scenes from Justice League would be shot in the UK, he decided it was the right decision to make to step aside.
"When it became obvious that I needed 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" he said.
Synder's daughter, Autumn, died at the age of 20.
Snyder is a father of eight including two with his wife, Deborah, who has also stepped down from her producer role in the movie.
Justice League is set for release on 17 November 2017.
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