Is Zack Snyder still going to direct Justice League 2? For now, Zack Snyder has put the DCEU to the side for more important things. In the wake of his daughter’s suicide in March, Snyder recently announced that he will be stepping down from Justice League and transferring post-production duties to Joss Whedon. Snyder’s wife and producing partner, Deborah, will be stepping down as well – so she and her husband can focus on their family. Initially Snyder had intended to keep his daughter’s death private.
According to a statement made by the filmmaker, he planned on keeping the information to a small circle of people and return to Justice League after a brief hiatus. Though, at first he thought returning to work would distract him, he’s now decided that the demands of the film would be too much for him and his family during this emotional time. With Justice League Part 1 under new leadership, the uncomfortable question on everybody’s mind now is whether or not Snyder will return for Part 2.
While the first Justice League is slated for release on November 17th of this year (a date that hasn’t changed in spite of Snyder’s tragedy), Part 2 isn’t set for release until 2019. Originally the film was scheduled to come out on June 4th, 2019, but that date was pushed back to accommodate a standalone Batman movie. While the specific release date for Justice League Part 2 is unclear at this time, it’s still on the studio’s schedule for late 2019. Until then, Warner Brothers has a lot of unfinished business that needs attending to beyond Justice League. Doug Liman recently exited Justice League Dark, and The Flash is still in need of a director. With all of this, in addition to Justice League Part 2, it seems Warner Brothers will have some serious prioritizing to do in the coming months. Whatever the case, Warner Bros. president Toby Emmerich has publicly backed Zack Snyder’s recent decision to pull out of Justice League.
The news of Justice League Part 2‘s delay came out in December. At that time it was also announced that Zack Snyder would develop non-DC projects in the interim. The director reportedly had plans to pursue The Last Photograph, a passion project he conceived shortly after making 300. The film, an Afghanistan-set war thriller, would be a significantly smaller film than another Justice League movie. Snyder has also toyed with the idea of adapting Ayn Rand’s novel The Fountainhead into a film. If and when Snyder decides to jump back into filmmaking, he has the option of either returning to the large-scale superhero movies or sinking into more personal projects. Whichever he prefers at that time will be up to Snyder. Outside of movies, the filmmaker and his wife have reportedly voiced the hope that a sci-fi novel written by Autumn, Snyder’s late daughter, would one day be published. The proceeds would be given to charity.