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Published On: Mon, May 22nd, 2017

Joss Whedon takes over ‘Justice League’ and will maintain Zack Snyder ‘vision’

Currently in post-production, Justice League was scheduled to undergo some reshoots this summer, but due to a personal tragedy, director Zack Snyder is now stepping away from the film.

The Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s daughter committed suicide this past March, and while Snyder initially planned to get back into the work, he’s now decided to spend the time healing with his family.

THR reports The Avengers filmmaker Joss Whedon, who recently signed on to write and direct a Batgirl movie in the DCEU—is now stepping in to help oversee the completion of post-production on Justice League and to direct the reshoots.

Snyder and his wife Deborah Snyder, a producer on the DCEU movies, are both stepping away, as Zack explained to THR: “In my mind, I thought it was a cathartic thing to go back to work, to just bury myself and see if that was way through it,” says 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.”

Warner Bros. offered to push back the release date of the film, but the Snyders both declined, opting instead to let another filmmaker come in and help bring this thing home.

Pictures president Toby Emmerich stressed to THR that Whedon isn’t exactly coming in and changing up the whole movie, and will be working to maintain Snyder’s vision.

“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 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.”

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Snyder stressed that, although he does care about the fans, tending to his family is his priority at the moment.

“Here’s the thing, I never planned to make this public,” he says. “I thought it would just be in the family, a private matter, our private sorrow that we would deal with. When it became obvious that I need to take break, I knew there would be narratives created on the internet. They’ll do what they do. The truth it…I’m past caring about that kind of thing now.”

The Justice League stars Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), The Flash (Ezra Miller), and Aquaman (Jason Momoa).

Jesse Eisenberg will reprise his role of Lex Luthor with Ciaran Hinds as the featured DC Comics bad guy: Steppenwolf.

Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Diane Lane as Mrs. Kent will be part of the cast with (presumably) Amy Adams and Laurence Fishburne. Newcomers are J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, Amber Heard as Mera and Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko.

Justice League opens in theaters on November 17, 2017.

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- Stephen is a contributor and writer on The Dispatch. Stephen is the founder and editor for the Steven Spielberg Fan Club website and contributes to pop culture stories on The Dispatch, especially upcoming movie news. Beginning in 2016, Stephen took the role of Managing Editor for the Tampa Dispatch.

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