Assuming Snyder does choose to back down from the second Justice League film, the question becomes a matter of who would take his place. Joss Whedon has been put in charge of post-production and reshoots for the first Justice League, and his selection is hardly - random since he was already tapped to write and direct a Batgirl movie. Because of that and because of his success directing Marvel's The Avengers, Whedon could be on Warner Bros.' radar for a Justice League sequel. Another director working within the DCEU is Patty Jenkins, the director of the Wonder Woman film set for release in early June. Early buzz for Jenkins' film has been largely positive, and the director has already floated ideas for a Wonder Woman sequel. If Warner Bros. decides to keep her around, then maybe they will also recruit her help for the Justice League franchise, similar to how Marvel promoted Joe and Anthony Russo from Captain America movies to Avengers: Infinity War.
There are also some directors with more tenuous connections to the DCEU, like Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kingsman: The Secret Service) and J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls, the unnamed Jurassic World sequel), who could possibly sit in the director's chair. Vaughn was at one point a favorite to take on a Man of Steel sequel, but news regarding his involvement has since subsided. Faint rumors have spread about J.A. Bayona's interest in doing Man of Steel 2, but there's very little concrete evidence to support that it will actually happen. Neither has solidified a deal to work with Warner Bros., so any assumption regarding their involvement with Justice League would be based heavily in speculation.
But when all is said and done, what's most important is how Snyder himself feels about returning to direct another Justice League. Right now he's put his family first and foremost, and until they've had time to heal, it's likely they'll remain ahead of any plans to film Justice League 2. When the time comes for him to consider making films again, the director might take comfort in the idea of returning to a franchise that he kickstarted with Man of Steel in 2013. Or perhaps he'll decide that films of that size are too daunting and opt for one of the smaller projects previously mentioned. Given that Snyder is willing to make decisions that best serve him and his family, it's reasonable to predict he'll make the call that will make him happiest in the long run.
Snyder has many friends in the filmmaking world, and the past few days have shown an immense outpouring of support in his time of need. On Twitter, fans have begun the hashtag #WeAreWithZackSnyder, using it to voice their goodwill towards the director and the hard decision he's made. Hollywood creatives have also offered their condolences to Snyder, ranging from people within the DCEU, like Patty Jenkins, writer/producer Geoff Johns, and Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot, to directors like James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange), and Kevin Smith (Clerks). Wherever Snyder plans to take his career next, fans and colleagues alike will surely approve of the choices he makes.
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- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017