Director Zack Synder Promotes 'The Man Of Steel' In TorontoDirector Zack Snyder has gotten his fair share of harsh comments from DC fans over the years, but they recently gave him a lot of love.

The "Justice League" director announced Monday in a THR interview that he was stepping back from the film to cope with his daughter Autumn's March suicide, inspiring a wave of heartfelt tweets. His decision was clearly not an easy one, and Snyder admitted that he and his family have been struggling. Although he had initially taken a two-week break and then returned to work, he came to realize it would be better for him and his family if he handed over the reins.

"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 told THR. "They are all having a hard time. I'm having a hard time."

While Warner Bros. was reportedly willing to push the film back, Snyder and his wife, Deborah, one of the film's producers, opted to let others take over. Fortunately, the project is being left in good hands; Joss Whedon is stepping in for Snyder.

Like the studio, many fans felt for Snyder and understood his decision. Supportive tweets rolled in, wishing the director and his family the best during this horribly difficult time.

"Justice League" is still on track to open Nov. 17.

[via: THR; Twitter]