According to The Hollywood Reporter, Snyder’s 20-year-old daughter, Autumn, took her own life this past March, in which filming on the upcoming DC blockbuster was then put on hold for two weeks. Snyder, and his wife Deborah, who acts as an Executive Producer on the film, came back to work on the movie, but have recently chosen to part from production entirely.
“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 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.” – Zack Snyder.
Warner Bros. Pictures President Toby Emmerich has stated that the directing work is minimal and that it has to adhere to the style and tone that Zack has crafted with his films. There will no new characters added or any drastic changes made to the film.
Justice League is still scheduled to hit theaters on November 17th.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Snyder Family.