Yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Justice League director, Zack Snyder, will be stepping down from the film in order to deal with the sudden death of his daughter in March. Snyder’s wife, Deborah, who is a producer on Justice League, also is taking a break to focus on the healing of their family.

“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,” Snyder said in an interview Monday. “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.”

As a result of Snyder stepping down, director Joss Whedon has been asked to finish the film. Whedon was originally brought on to write some additional scenes that Snyder wanted included after seeing a rough cut of the movie, but considering he successfully directed Marvel’s The Avengers, and will be writing, directing, and producing DC’s solo Batgirl film, he seems like the natural choice to step into the role.

“We’re not introducing any new characters,” said WB President Toby Emmerich of the change in directors. “It’s the same characters in some new scenes. He’s handing a baton to Joss but the course has really been set by Zack. I still believe that despite this tragedy, we’ll still end up with a great movie.”

The Justice League movie will keep its original release date of November 10, 2017.

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