Zack and Deborah Snyder are facing an unspeakable tragedy. When news broke that Zack was stepping away from his Justice League movie to emotionally contend with the death of his daughter, the Internet overwhelmed the couple with support. In the midst of this turmoil, Snyder has responded, Tweeting this his passionate fan base:
Autumn Snyder committed suicide on March 20 at age 20. Her death was kept private, and we now know that Zack Snyder tried to return to work on Justice League as a means of healing, and possibly distracting himself from the tragedy at home. Now, however, the news has broken that Joss Whedon will pinch hit for Snyder in the post-production on Justice League, transitioning afterwards to his own DC movie, centered on Batgirl.
The outpouring of support from Zack Snyder's usually passionate fanbase on Twitter was overwhelming. Snyder gets incredible response from just about anything that he posts on social. This news brought out the best in the Snyder Army, with Tweets such as:
And this one:
Naturally, in times likes this, a movie is inconsequential. Zack Snyder has been the driving force of the DC Extended Universe since its start with Man of Steel. The tone he established in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has colored Suicide Squad and the upcoming Wonder Woman movie, even though they were directed by David Ayer and Patty Jenkins, respectively. But when his family needed him most, Snyder made the mature, difficult and correct decision in choosing to press pause on his massive and anticipated blockbuster and be where he needs to be.
As for Justice League, the movie remains on track for a November 17 opening. Zack Snyder, in his public comments on the transition to Joss Whedon, made it clear that he trusted the man to which he was passing the baton, and Whedon's own experience in the superhero realm as the helmer of two Avengers movies makes him more than qualified to bring the JL to life on the big screen.
Ultimately, our feelings go out to Zack and Debbie Snyder, as well as Autumn's birth mother, as they figure out a way to move on from this loss. Our hearts are with them all.