“Justice League” director Zack Snyder, an architect of the DC Comics movie universe who also helmed “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” has revealed that one of his daughters committed suicide in March and that he is taking a hiatus from filmmaking in order to be with his family.
“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,” Snyder, 51, told The Hollywood Reporter, adding, “In the last two months, I’ve come to [a] 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.”
Sarah Lawrence College student Autumn Snyder, 20, the filmmaker’s daughter with first wife Denise Snyder, was one of seven children and stepchildren of Snyder and current wife Deborah Johnson Snyder.
Joss Whedon (“Marvel’s The Avengers”) took over the shooting of late additional scenes for “Justice League,” and the movie, now in post-production, remains scheduled for a Nov. 17 release.
Hollywood professionals have issued an outpouring of sympathy and support. “My heart breaks for Zack and Deb. Condolences to their family,” tweeted James Wan, director of the upcoming DC superhero movie “Aquaman.” Patty Jenkins, whose “Wonder Woman” comes out June 2, wrote, “Our hearts are with the Snyder’s [sic] and have been. Truly good people and friends to so many.”
Other filmmakers expressing condolences included James Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”). “My thoughts and prayers are with @ZackSnyder and his family. Much love to all of them,” he tweeted. Director Kevin Smith (“Clerks”), who has written comic books including DC’s “Green Arrow,” wrote, “My heart goes out to you, @ZackSnyder. I’m sorry for your family’s loss. We all love you, sir. I’m here if you need anything.”