Bad news for fans who were looking forward to a follow-up to 2020’s Wonder Woman 1984 — according to reports, the third solo Wonder Woman movie is currently dead, with the project no longer moving forward at DC Studios.
(Time to re-visit our superhero movie schedule, right?)
The Hollywood Reporter has a dramatic exclusive breaking the news, stating that new DC Studio heads James Gunn and Peter Safran broke the news to director/co-writer Patty Jenkins recently, alongside Warner Bros. Pictures co-CEOs Michael DeLuca and Pamela Abdy. According to THR, the reasoning given was that the movie as it currently stood didn’t fit in with current plans for DC movies going forward.
The story goes on to suggest that Wonder Woman 3 isn’t the only movie no longer in development as a result of the new plan for DC; both Man of Steel 2 and a follow-up to last month’s Black Adam are also “unlikely,” to use the verbiage of the report, with 2023’s The Flash reportedly being considered for reworking to remove any cameos that would set up developments that are no longer going to happen.
It’s unclear whether or not Patty Jenkins, or Wonder Woman actor Gal Gadot, will be attached to any future projects featuring the character.
Warner Bros. declined to comment to THR for its story.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Jenkins wrote, “When there started being backlash about WW3 not happening, the attractive clickbait false story that it was me that killed it or walked away started to spread. This is simply not true. I never walked away. I was open to considering anything asked of me. It was my understanding there was nothing I could do to move anything forward at this time. DC is obviously buried in changes they are having to make, so I understand these decisions are difficult right now.”
Adding that she did “not want what has been a beautiful journey with [Wonder Woman] to land on [a] negative note,” she said that “living in and around [the character’s] values makes one a better person every day. I wish her and her legacy an amazing future ahead, with or without me.” She also thanked Wonder Woman fans, who have been “first and foremost in our minds every day [when] we made the last two films. You are the best and most loving people and I look forward to always celebrating you.”
Gunn and Safran took over as new CEOs of DC Studios November 1, although Gunn remains slightly more hands-off for the next few months as he finishes Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for Marvel Studios. That hasn’t stopped him teasing “the biggest story ever told” when talking about his DC plans, which are said to involve one shared continuity between movies, animated projects, and television shows as the company seeks to realign itself with a plan that is rumored to last somewhere between 7-10 years.
Before any of that gets started, however, DC has a number of projects from the previous regime to complete and release, including March’s Shazam: Fury of the Gods, The Flash in July, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom in December 2023. It’s believed that the second Aquaman movie will act as a closer on the current era of DC, and herald whatever comes next. (We have a guide to future superhero release dates for you to keep track of all of this, don’t worry.)
Last month, we speculated about what Gunn and Safran could be planning for DC. Maybe it’s a good time to revisit that, all things considered.