Director Zack Snyder, who was actively involved in the direction of Justice League has stepped down from the director’s chair. The news broke earlier today as it was revealed that Zack was undergoing a family tragedy.

Zack’s daughter Autumn Snyder committed suicide in March at the age of 20. Initially, it was kept private under a small family circle.

He told the Hollywood Reporter: “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 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.”

He said: “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 needed 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.”

Joss Whedon, who also directed Marvel’s Avengers has stepped in as the Justice League director. Although the movie has already finished shooting, Whedon will oversee the leftover work and post production.

Warner Bros supports Snyder’s decision and sympathize with him. Warner Bros Pictures’ president, Toby Emmerich, said: “What they are going through is unimaginable, and my heart – our hearts – go out to them. 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.”