Who is Zack Snyder's wife Deborah? Everything you need to know about 'Justice League' director's personal life
Deborah and Snyder met in 1996 when she had hired the filmmaker to direct a commercial for Reebok
Movie buffs have been excited about Zack Snyder’s much-awaited director's cut of ‘Justice League’, commonly referred to as 'Snyder Cut'. Speaking about his almost four-hour-long film, Snyder told EW, “Here's one piece of information nobody knows: The movie is insane and so epic and is probably rated R — that's one thing I think will happen, that it will be an R-rated version, for sure. We haven't heard from the MPAA, but that's my gut.”
He also revealed the reason for his feeling. Snyder said, “There's one scene where Batman drops an F-bomb. Cyborg is not too happy with what's going on with his life before he meets the Justice League, and he tends to speak his mind. And Steppenwolf is pretty much just hacking people in half. So [the rating would be due to] violence and profanity, probably both.”
According to EW, Snyder has been trying to push Warner Bros. to release his recut on the big screen in 2021. However, a decision has not been reached on whether to release the film theatrically and Warner Bros. had no comment for the EW story.
A look at Zack Snyder’s personal life
Snyder is married to producer Deborah Johnson. He was previously married to Denise Weber. Deborah and Snyder met in 1996 when she had hired Snyder to direct a commercial for Reebok. In a 2004 New York Times article, Snyder is quoted as saying, “She was a bubbly, beautiful girl, who was sharp and on it.” Then again in 2002, she hired Snyder again. This time for a commercial in New Zealand for Soft & Dri deodorant. She was fresh out of a five-year relationship and assumed Snyder was still married. But during dinner, on their first night in Auckland, he said he was single. She recalls saying: "Oh. Really?"
By the wrap of the two-week shoot, they were in love. They traveled between her home in New York and his in Pasadena, and called each other regularly. In January 2003, when Snyder started shooting ‘Dawn of the Dead’ in Toronto, she used to fly to meet him every weekend. In September 2004, they were married by Rev. David Stout at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Manhattan. After the ceremony, they rode a double-decker bus to the reception at the Angel Orensanz Foundation on the Lower East Side.
Snyder has eight children. Four with his former wife and two with another woman whom he hadn’t married. Snyder and Deborah adopted two children.
However, tragedy struck them in 2017. Snyder’s daughter Autumn died by suicide in March that year, at the age of 20. Autumn was Snyder’s daughter from his first marriage. This happened during the post-production of ‘Justice League’. He took time off to be with his family and Joss Whedon stepped up to finish the film.
During that time, he spoke to The Hollywood Reporter and said, “The demands of this job are pretty intense. It is all-consuming. And in the last two months, I’ve come to the realization … 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.”