The world of Hollywood movie-making can be a very complex one. One that involves thousands of people working on a single project and then millions of fans waiting to receive the end product. Sometimes, this can lead to overly harsh criticisms and sometimes this can lead to people forgetting their manners.
I’m saying all of this random insight because director Zack Snyder has had to step away from working on Justice League to deal with a very personal and tragic family matter. His 20 year-old daughter has taken her own life.
We at The Daily Rotation send our deepest condolences to Zack, his wife and their family as they get through one of the most unimaginably tough times in their lives.
We send our regards, while also reminding ourselves of the potentially negative world of the internet. Snyder, initially wanted to keep this information private, which makes complete sense, but he later realized that he just couldn’t return to work and had to take some more time off.
With that comes the whirlwind of eventual negative internet buzz, which would probably start with something like, “WB pulls Snyder from Justice League, brings in help to repair”.
Snyder stepping away from Justice League has nothing to do with the end product that he’s created. He has spent years of his life, laboring his love for cinema and telling stories and creating comic book movies for audiences around the world. Love him or hate him, the guy is one heck of a visual storyteller and I’ve been told that he’s the absolutely nicest person to be around.
Many have criticized Snyder for his work on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and that’s fair, but that means absolutely nothing in the grander scheme of life. I may love or hate his films, but I will always respect his passion and creativity, because at the end of the day, Snyder is just trying to give it his all and share his love.
WB has brought in The Avengers director Joss Whedon to finish up post-production and re-shoots of Justice League. They have gone on record to say that Snyder’s film is mostly complete and Whedon will mostly be following Snyder’ set tone and template to film additional scenes — nothing too vital or important.
Snyder had the option to postpone the project, but he was too proud of what he’s done and has insisted on someone else finishing it for him. To me, that takes balls and that takes courage and respect and it just shows what kind of guy Snyder is.
Again, we wish Zack and his family nothing but the best and hope that this time taken away will help them and their family move forward from this horrible tragedy.
A quote from Zack’s interview with THR can be found below:
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. 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.”
“Here’s the thing, I never planned to make this public. 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.
As well as one from WB head, regarding the future of Justice League:
The directing is minimal and it has to adhere to the style and tone and the template that Zack set. 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.
Source : THR