Zack Snyder is hanging up his superhero trunks and feels Justice League is in good hands.
Earlier this year, Zack Snyder took a much-needed break from filmmaking due to a family tragedy. He was working on the Justice League movie for Warner Brothers and a replacement was needed to finish the film. Joss Whedon eventually took over and has since shaped the film to his vision. Even though Snyder is finally ready to return to the world of film, he is at peace with the direction Justice League has taken and is not coming back to finish the film in any fashion.
Much was made of Snyder’s initial departure. After having previously directed Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and given his input into the widely successful Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman movie, he was a major creative cog in the DCEU. With him gone and the success of Wonder Woman reverberating around the world, Justice League might be a significantly different movie than when he was working on it.
Having just released a new short film recorded via iPhone, Snyder was asked by Wired what his future entails. The short, Snow Steam Iron, was a cathartic experience for Snyder and his family. After the death of his daughter, it was a chance for the entire family to get together work on a film together. Snyder is getting his post-DCEU work together first with the Afghan war drama, The Last Photograph, and he is still working on putting together Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead.
When asked about Justice League and whether or not he was interested in seeing it through to the end, Snyder feels it is in capable hands. He told Wired, “[it would be] unfair in a lot of ways” for him to join the film once again after being away for so long.
I’m at a place where I feel excited about it and I’m happy for my guys and I love these people that are working on it, and they’re my family and I think they’re doing an amazing job, but I’ve kind of just let them do their thing.
What this means for Snyder’s future involvement in the DCEU is unclear, but it looks as though he has moved on from that particular opportunity. We’ll never know how much of the new Justice League was shaped by Snyder or Whedon, but we’ll soon see it in its entirety on November 17th.