Of all the reasons Joss Whedon might be asked to finish up work on Justice League, this is not the one you want to hear. THR reports that the Avengers and soon-to-be Batgirl writer-director will oversee reshoots and post-production on the superhero film while director Zack Snyder steps away from the project to grieve the recent loss of his daughter.
Snyder’s 20-year-old daughter committed suicide back in March. Since then, Snyder has been burying himself in the work of Justice League to keep himself distracted, but now, as revealed in an interview Monday, he’s realized he needs to take some time to be with his family.
To the credit of Warner Bros., the studio reportedly offered the option of pushing the film back on the calendar so Snyder and his wife/producer Deborah Snyder could finish work on it themselves. The Snyders decided against that, and with Whedon now shepherding the movie through its final stages, Justice League is still set for a November 17 release. In this time of unspeakable tragedy, rest assured that Aquaman and Cyborg’s meet-up is still on schedule, you monster.