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message 1: by Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*, *Daily Planet Intern* (new)

Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* (erinpaperbackstash) | 580 comments Mod
The filmmaker's daughter died by suicide in March, prompting him to take a break from work and hire Joss Whedon to finish the Warner Bros. superhero pic: "I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me."




Superheroes have always been about doing the right thing in the hardest of circumstances. Now Zack Snyder, one of the biggest filmmakers in the genre and the director of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and the upcoming Justice League, finds himself in just such a situation.

Snyder tells The Hollywood Reporter he is stepping away from Justice League, Warner Bros.’ all-star DC Comics superhero mega-movie that is in postproduction, in order to deal with the sudden death of his daughter. Snyder's wife, Deborah Snyder, who is a producer on Justice League, also is taking a break to focus on the healing of their family.

Stepping in to shepherd the movie through post and the shooting of some additional scenes will be Joss Whedon, the Avengers filmmaker and creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. With Whedon's help, the movie is still on track for its Nov. 17 release date.

Snyder’s daughter Autumn Snyder died by suicide in March at age 20. Her death has been kept private, with only a small inner circle aware of what happened, even as the movie was put on a two-week break for the Snyders to deal with the immediate effects of the tragedy. Zack Snyder says he initially was eager to return to the film, which stars Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller.

“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 an emotional Snyder in an interview Monday in his office on the Warner Bros. lot, with Deborah sitting by his side. “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.”

The studio is fully behind the move. “What they are going through is unimaginable, and my heart — our hearts — go out to them," says Warner Bros. Pictures president Toby Emmerich.

One of the first things the studio floated was the possibility of pushing back the release date of the movie, but the Snyders decided against that. Warners also extended Snyder's first-look deal to give him time to work on other planned projects when he returns to work.

Snyder, after screening a rough cut of Justice League for fellow filmmakers and friends, wanted to add additional scenes, so he brought Whedon on board to write them. But as he prepared to shoot the scenes in England, Snyder realized it was not the time to leave home. “The directing is minimal and it has to adhere to the style and tone and the template that Zack set,” says Emmerich. “We’re not introducing any new characters. It’s the same characters in some new scenes. He’s handing the 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.”

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message 2: by Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*, *Daily Planet Intern* (new)

Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* (erinpaperbackstash) | 580 comments Mod
Thought I had posted something like this, but apparently not.


message 3: by Travis (new)

Travis (travishiltz) | 480 comments Much as I dislike Snyder as a filmmaker, I wouldn't wish the loss of a child on my worst enemy.
Very sad to hear about this.


Would I love to see Joss Whedon's JLA...?
In a heartbeat!
Do I want to see Joss Whedon, pretending to be Zach Snyder...I don't see where this gets us a good JLA movie...


message 4: by Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*, *Daily Planet Intern* (new)

Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* (erinpaperbackstash) | 580 comments Mod
I know :( I don't think he's as talented with some of the movies as other director choices, but what a tragic situation.

Director changes can be toxic on the final product, but here's hoping.


message 5: by Travis (new)

Travis (travishiltz) | 480 comments Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder* wrote: "I know :( I don't think he's as talented with some of the movies as other director choices, but what a tragic situation.

Director changes can be toxic on the final product, but here's hoping."


Especially two very different directors like Joss and Zach.
And Joss is not taking over the movie, he is only doing second unit stuff and a few reshoots, as the majority of the film is done.

I appreciate Joss stepping up and being a nice guy, but I think we are stuck with the Justice League we saw in the trailer.


message 6: by Travis (new)

Travis (travishiltz) | 480 comments So, we're finally going to get the Snyder cut and it's going to be 4 hours long, feature the Batman uttering an F-bomb, be so gosh-darn edgy and all the filming looks like it was done without benefit of any lighting.

I guess there are people out there, excited for this, but I'm kind of baffled why.

Snyder talks about comics like a lot of adolescent fans who just read the Dark Knight returns,...the worrying bit, is he's 50.


message 7: by Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*, *Daily Planet Intern* (new)

Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* (erinpaperbackstash) | 580 comments Mod
Sorry, have not been active on Goodreads as much as I used to be.
I haven't seen the cut version but know it received high ratings/reviews.


message 8: by Travis (new)

Travis (travishiltz) | 480 comments Hey stranger.

The Snyder cut seems to be a mess, but it was better received/reviewed then the theatrical cut.
For what that's worth.

My daughter has an interest in it, so I'll probably watch it with her.


message 9: by Jeff (new)

Jeff | 423 comments Hey Travis, not sure if youve seen the Snyder cut yet, But it is far from a mess. At 4 hours long, its an amzing and action packed and beautifully made film.
There is so much in this film, it makes the theatrical film, which really isnt Zacks's at all, look like a total and unnecesary mess.
This is a completely different film. Watch it.
Ive seen it several times already and will get the Blu ray soon.


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