James Gunn’s graduation from director to executive was largely hailed as a great move by comic book movie fans, but anytime there’s a change in a studio’s boardroom, there are always some casualties. Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 3 is apparently one of those casualties, according to the hollywood reporter.
Multiple sources have confirmed to THR that Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 3 is “not moving forward and is considered dead in its current incarnation.”
According to the report, Jenkins submitted a treatment for the film co-written with DC writer-producer Geoff Johns, but Gunn, co-executive Peter Safran and other Warner Bros. Pictures executives told Jenkins that the film as it stands does not fit with new plans for DC Comics movies.
The future of the film has yet to be determined. No announcements have been made about Jenkins’ or Gadot’s future with the character, though THR notes that Gadot did tweet a strange time message just yesterday saying, “I’ve been so thankful for the opportunity to play such an amazing and iconic character and more than anything, I’m thankful for you the fans. I can’t wait to share the next chapter with you.”
More than anything, this is a sign of the state of flux DC Comics is currently in. With the previous generation of executives gone and new ones, Gunn and Safran mark a further step away from the version of the DC universe envisioned by Zack Snyder. Henry Cavill announced this fall that he is back as superman after his cameo in the final moments of Black Adam, but that plan may not hold for Gunn and Safran.
In the meantime, The flash is still scheduled for release in early 2023 despite Ezra Miller’s behavior throughout the year. Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom reportedly finished shooting in 2021 and has a planned release date of December 2023. There are also rumors that Momoa could, after that film, move on to play the bounty hunter biker. DC Space Wolf. Shazam! Fury of the Gods will still be released on March 17, and Gunn himself tweeted a photo of the new poster of Blue Beetle, which will star Xolo Maridueña from Cobra Kai.
THR notes that while Dwayne Johnson was excited to hype an on-screen clash between Black Adam and Superman, the new management may not like his unplanned marketing, and the movie questionable performance out of the box Office makes a sequel unlikely.
Jenkins could still write and direct the next Wonder Woman movie like she did the first two, and Gal Gadot may still be playing the character, those are currently unknown, but the movie that was previously being planned appears to be dead.
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