Wonder Woman 3, at least with Patty Jenkins at the helm, will not be happening at Warner Bros. after all. The news comes from a report in The Hollywood Reporter, that claims that the script by Jenkins and Geoff Johns did not line up with whatever new DC Studios heads James Gunn and Peter Safran have in store for their new DC shared universe. Whether Gal Gadot continues on as the Amazing Amazon remains a question mark. Gunn and Safran might want to give the DCU a total makeover, and recast all the original Snyderverse characters.
2017’s Wonder Woman hit big, both critically and at the box office. However, the 2020 follow-up Wonder Woman 1984 did not receive as much love from fans and critics. It debuted in theaters and on HBO Max at the same time, at the height of the pandemic, which killed its box office prospects (it did receive high viewership on the streaming service, however). Warner Bros. still wanted Jenkins to return for a third film, but it didn’t work out. Patty Jenkins shared some insight into Wonder Woman 3 in a tweet on December 13.
Jenkins states she didn’t kill the movie or walk away. She says she was open to considering anything DC Comics asked of her, but she understands there was nothing she could do to move it forward at this time. Jenkins goes on to wish the future of Wonder Woman at DC well and thank Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot.
The original report from The Hollywood Reporter suggests that Henry Cavill might not return as Superman after all, despite his recent comeback. It even goes so far as to suggest that Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom might be the end of the road for Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry. Which seems wild, as the first Aquaman made a billion dollars at the box office. Whatever new universe Gunn and Safran cook up creatively, here’s hoping that Gadot, Cavill, and Momoa all stick around. Why throw the super babies out with the bathwater? Especially as they’re so identified with those characters now? We expect this story to take many turns before DC Studios unveils its multi-year plan next year.
Originally published December 7, 2022.