Earlier this year, Joss Whedon was brought on to Justice League to make the movie lighter and more fun. It’s also around the time when Snyder’s daughter died by suicide. Despite the terrible tragedy, Snyder tried to bury his head in his work, but ended up stepping down as director. The added pressure from Warner Bros. to change his movie couldn’t have come at a worst time. “It stopped being a good situation on any level,” The Wrap’s source said.
AT&T and Time Warner are currently in the middle of a $85 billion dollar deal that they were hoping would close by the end of the year. One source told The Wrap that WB CEO Kevin Tsujihara and President Toby Emmerich “wanted to preserve their bonuses they would be paid before the merger,” and were worried that “if they pushed the movie, then their bonuses would have been pushed to the following year and they might not still be at the studio.”
My takeaway here is that Justice League is the result of Batman v Superman backlash, too many cooks in the kitchen, and corporate greed.