Zack Snyder is stepping down from directing "Justice League," one of the most-anticipated superhero movies of the year. It was reported that the decision was made due to the suicide of the director's daughter named Autumn, which was only recently made known to the public.

Zack Snyder dissuading speculation

The tragedy happened last March, and Snyder has tried his best to keep Autumn's death private. Being a renowned director, he deemed that the suicide was "impossible" to keep quiet. Snyder himself made attempts to resume his work on "Justice League," thinking it was the "cathartic" thing to do, but it seems his head cannot keep up with the pressures and intense demands of filmmaking while he is still in grief.

He knew that stepping down from directing means that people will spawn rumors, too, especially on the internet. This is one of the reasons why he thought that revealing the truth outright is just better than risking inaccurate speculation.

"They are all having a hard time. I’m having a hard time," Snyder said, referring to his family. He added that he decided to take a step back from the movie to be with his children, who "really need [him]."

Zack has seven other kids with wife Deborah Snyder.

The director also added that Autumn's suicide changed his perspective in life. While he admits he is still a fan of the franchise and wants to make an awesome movie out of it, he says that it all "pales in comparison" to the recent tragedy.

Snyder is also aware that some fans would be disappointed, but he stated that seven other kids need him more now.

"In the end, it's just a movie," Snyder said.

Joss Whedon of MCU fame to replace Snyder

Meanwhile, joss whedon, known for his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is set to replace Snyder as the director for "Justice League." Whedon has recently found success in the MCU, directing box-office hits such as "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."

With Whedon on the helm, "Justice League" remains to be on schedule — set to be shown in theaters across U.S.

on November 17, 2017. It will star Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, and Jason Momoa.

Zack Snyder is known for making action films that garnered critical acclaim. The film that got him worldwide mainstream attention was his adaptation of Frank Miller's visual novel "300." The movie about ancient Spartans overcoming near-impossible odds became popular worldwide, and since then Snyder has gone on to direct blockbusters like "Watchmen," and "Batman v. Superman."