Rumor has it that the 51-year-old filmmaker was fired by Warner Bros. from working on DC films before he left during the production of last year's superhero team-up movie.
According to Josh L. Dickey, a former entertainment reporter for Mashable and Variety, Snyder was relieved of his duties by the studio over a year ago, a few months prior to his official, public departure from the film in May. In his Twitter post shared over the weekend, Dickey also claimed to have known at the time but wasn't permitted to break the news.
Since I'm shifting into DGAF mode, here's a hot one for ya: Zack Snyder was fired from the DCEU just over 1 year ago. Couldn't write it ~quite~ that way at the time, but was able to tapdance around it [clumsy/oblique headline not mine] https://t.co/7cht70rCaG— Josh L. Dickey (@JLDlite) February 10, 2018
It has been reported numerous times over the past few months in some capacity that Snyder wouldn't be returning to the DCEU, but it's only this time that things seemed to be so decisive and clear-cut. Regardless, nothing official has been announced by the studio or Snyder himself, nor has it been confirmed in any capacity by both parties.
As reported before, deep into filming "Justice League", Snyder stepped back from the production and handed over the reins to Joss Whedon, who is known for directing Marvel movies like "The Avengers" and its sequel "Avengers: Age of Ultron". The movie was ultimately met with mixed reviews from both critics and fans, and wasn't exactly a box office success.
At the time, Snyder explained his departure from "Justice League" as being a result of his daughter Autumn Snyder's death after she took her own life in March of last year. "I've decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me," Snyder said in a statement.
He explained, "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." He claimed that "the demands of this job are pretty intense. It is all consuming. And in the last two months I've come to the realization."
"Justice League" arrives on digital HD on February 13 and on Blu-ray and DVD on March 13. It also stars Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, Ciaran Hinds as Steppenwolf and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.