Joss Whedon Taking Over “Justice League” After Zack Snyder Family Tragedy

By Creative Media Times

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In a sad turn of events, director Zack Snyder who has been linchpin of DC Cinematic Universe for a few years now, is stepping away from his roles in the upcoming ‘Justice League’ movie to deal with a family tragedy.

Snyder and wife producer Deborah Snyder recently lost their daughter Autumn to suicide last March. “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,” said Snyder to the Hollywood Reporter.

“What they are going through is unimaginable, and my heart, our hearts, go out to them,” says Warner Bros. Pictures president Toby Emmerich.

Stepping in to finish the project will be Joss Whedon, who recently made news for making a jump from Marvel to DC and is “nearing a deal to write, direct and produce” a Batgirl movie as part of DC’s Extended Universe.

According to the article, Whedon will work through post and the “shooting of some additional scenes,” and that the movie is still scheduled for its original Nov.17 release date.