Director Zack Snyder has often been cited with crafting the overall tone for the DC Extended Universe, which officially kicked off with his 2013 film Man of Steel. Since then, he has gone on to direct Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and this year's Justice League. Unfortunately, due to a family tragedy earlier this year, Snyder was forced to step down from the latter film, with The Avengers director Joss Whedon boarding the project to help with finish the feature, including its extensive reshoots. Now, having had time to heal and cope, Snyder has revealed he has no plans to return to work on the film.
In a new interview with Wired for his short film Snow Steam Iron, the director briefly addressed his future with the DCEU and Justice League. While he will remain on board as a producer for many of the forthcoming DC films, Snyder has confirmed he's no longer involved with Justice League, explaining that it would be “unfair in a lot of ways” if he got involved again.
“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,” he shared. “But I’ve kind of just let them do their thing.”
Snyder's lack of involvement shouldn't come as a surprise. Not only has Whedon been said to have earned a writer's credit on the feature since stepping in, but the project has apparently since undergone an overhaul in both its tone and ending.
For now, Snyder is busying himself with The Last Photograph, a project he began work on shortly after 300 hit theaters, as well as a script for his adaptation of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead.
Opening November 17, Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Raymond Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Amber Heard as Mera and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.