Whether you love him or hate him, it’s not a time for praise or criticism. For the past two months, Zack Snyder has kept a painful secret from the public. The sudden passing of his daughter, Autumn Snyder from a suicide back in March. She was 20 years old. Today, Zack and his producing partner and wife Deborah, have graciously allowed The Hollywood Reporter to share this tragic event with the rest of the world.
Zack had recently been in attendance for the premiere of Wonder Woman, and from the photos online of him at the event, everything seemed to be good. That was the plan for Zack, all while going through this tough time for him and his family. Warner Bros shut production down on Justice League to give the Snyders some time with their family. However, Zack was intent on coming back soon, to distract his mind with scheduled re-shoots and finishing post-production on Justice League, as he told THR in a recent interview.
“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,” 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.”
Zack Snyder shares a selfie with Gal Gadot at Wonder Woman premiere
Once Snyder realized he could no longer continue as director, he brought in Joss Whedon, writer/director for the upcoming Batgirl solo-movie, to finish scheduled re-shoots and post-production. Still though, reports of Snyder stepping down as director for Justice League had the potential of the internet (and its users and trolls) creating “fake news” to stir up trouble on a project he cared so deeply about. That’s when Snyder made the decision to open up on his family’s tragedy, and set the record straight for his departure on JL.
“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 a break, I knew there would be narratives created on the internet. They’ll do what they do. The truth is … I’m past caring about that kind of thing now.”
Justice League is in great hands, but right now its important as comic book movie fans to respect Snyder, one of the genre’s biggest directors and contributors, and send our wishes to him and his family. Surely I speak for more than just myself when I say “We love you, Zack. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family”.
Read the full article at The Hollywood Reporter