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Justice League director Zack Snyder steps down due to family tragedy - Joss Whedon to take over

Zack Snyder is set to step down as Justice League (opens in new tab) director due to a family tragedy, with Joss Whedon, director of The Avengers (opens in new tab) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (opens in new tab), taking over.

Snyder revealed to The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab) that he would be taking a break to be with his family after the suicide of his daughter, Autumn, in March. Deborah Snyder – wife of Zack, and producer on Justice League – will also be stepping back.

Snyder stated: “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.”

Joss Whedon - recently announced as writer and director of Warner Bros. and DC’s upcoming Batgirl movie (opens in new tab) - will now take over as director to finish the project.

Our condolences go out to Zack Snyder and his loved ones at this very difficult time. 

If you, or anyone else you know, requires emotional support or may be in danger, please contact Samaritans (opens in new tab) on 116 123 in the UK or the Suicide Prevention Lifeline (opens in new tab) on 1-800-273-8255 in the US.

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Bradley Russell
Bradley Russell

I'm the Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, focusing on news, features, and interviews with some of the biggest names in film and TV. On-site, you'll find me marveling at Marvel and providing analysis and room temperature takes on the newest films, Star Wars and, of course, anime. Outside of GR, I love getting lost in a good 100-hour JRPG, Warzone, and kicking back on the (virtual) field with Football Manager. My work has also been featured in OPM, FourFourTwo, and Game Revolution.