No, we’re not kidding! Joss Whedon has replaced previous director Zack Snyder on the upcoming Justice League movie. 

Reports have come in this morning that Snyder will depart the project due to a recent family tragedy, with the rest of post-production being helmed by Whedon.

“In my mind, I thought it was a cathartic thing to go back to work, to just bury myself and see if that was way through it,” said Snyder at a meeting this morning. “The demands of this job are pretty intense. It is all consuming. And in the last two months I’ve come to the realisation… I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me. They are all having a hard time. I’m having a hard time.”

With the film being in post-prod already, there’s not much for Whedon left to do.

“The directing is minimal and it has to adhere to the style and tone and the template that Zack set. We’re not introducing any new characters. It’s the same characters in some new scenes. He’s handing a baton to Joss but the course has really been set by Zack. I still believe that despite this tragedy, we’ll still end up with a great movie,” said Warner Bros. Pictures president Toby Emmerich.

Snyder realises that the film is one of the most highly-anticipated of the year, but has reassured fans that it will all be okay.

“I know the fans are going to be worried about the movie, but there are seven other kids that need me,” Snyder admitted. “ In the end, it’s just a movie. It’s a great movie. But it’s just a movie.

We should be in safe hands with Whedon. Our thoughts are with Zack and his family.