Patty Jenkins ‘walked off’ Wonder Woman 3 which led to Warner Bros ‘canceling film’

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It was revealed earlier this week that Warner Bros. would not be moving forward with Wonder Woman 3, which came as a shock to DC fans.

But it’s now been reported that it was scrapped after director Patty Jenkins – who helmed the first two female-led superhero movies – rejected studio notes on her treatment for the sequel which led to her exiting the project, according to The Wrap.

According to sources, Jenkins had turned in her treatment last week and it was not well received by studio execs.

Exit: It’s been reported that Wonder Woman 3 was scrapped after director Patty Jenkins rejected studio notes on her treatment for the sequel which led to her exiting the project, according to The Wrap; Jenkins seen in 2019

Warner Bros. Film Group Co-Chairpersons and CEOs Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy were cited as the ones who rejected Jenkins’ treatment and did not plan to ‘move forward with the film in its current iteration.’

It was also claimed that the studio’s new CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran agreed that Jenkins’ version of the film didn’t work.

This was communicated to Jenkins and De Luca and Abdy wondered if the director would be willing to move the sequel in a different direction.

It was alleged that pair’s offer was refused by Jenkins and she accused them of not understanding her vision or the trajectory of Wonder Woman as a whole.

‘[Jenkins] let them know that they were wrong, that they didn’t understand her, didn’t understand the character, didn’t understand character arcs and didn’t understand what Jenkins was trying to do,’ an insider claimed. 

Involvement: Jenkins helmed the first two movies starring Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman; the pair seen shooting Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

Involvement: Jenkins helmed the first two movies starring Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman; the pair seen shooting Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

Jenkins also reportedly emailed De Luca and included a link that directed him to the Wikipedia definition of ‘character arc,’ which is the ‘journey’ a character embarks on over the course of a film that leaves them transformed.

The studio allegedly gave Jenkins another chance to ‘pitch a different direction for Wonder Woman’ but, once again, she refused. Since they had no plans to use her sequel treatment, Jenkins decided to walk away and move on to her next film project.

It was claimed that Jenkins also had no interest in hearing CEOs Gunn and Safran’s input — though they were reportedly uninvolved in the situation.

‘She just doesn’t want to allow them to have a seat at the table to have an opinion on something new that she might come up with,’ the source explained. 

Didn't like it: According to sources, Jenkins had turned in her treatment last week and it was not well received by studio execs. Warner Bros. Film Group Co-Chairpersons and CEOs Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy were cited as the ones who rejected Jenkins' treatment and did not intend to 'move forward with the film in its current iteration'; Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

Didn’t like it: According to sources, Jenkins had turned in her treatment last week and it was not well received by studio execs. Warner Bros. Film Group Co-Chairpersons and CEOs Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy were cited as the ones who rejected Jenkins’ treatment and did not intend to ‘move forward with the film in its current iteration’; Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

In agreement: It was also claimed that the studio's new CEOs James Gunn (pictured) and Peter Safran agreed that Jenkins' proposed version of the film didn't work though the pair were not involved in its eventual cancellation

In agreement: It was also claimed that the studio's new CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran (pictured) agreed that Jenkins' proposed version of the film didn't work though the pair were not involved in its eventual cancellation

In agreement: It was also claimed that the studio’s new CEOs James Gunn (left) and Peter Safran (right) agreed that Jenkins’ proposed version of the film didn’t work though the pair were not involved in its eventual cancellation

The cancellation was claimed to not be the result of Gunn and Safran’s future plans for the DC Universe despite earlier reports saying that a Wonder Woman sequel was excluded. 

The news of Wonder Woman 3 being scrapped was released Wednesday.

THR claimed that Gunn and Safran have been in Aspen finalizing their plans for the superhero company before laying out their wide-ranging plan for the next five years and beyond to Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav next week.

Those plans apparently don’t include a new Wonder Woman sequel – that would have featured original Wonder Woman Lynda Carter – which, ironically, comes just one day after Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot shared on social media that she, ‘can’t wait to share her next chapter with you.

Not interested: This was communicated to Jenkins and De Luca and Abdy wondered if the director would be willing to move the sequel in a different direction. It was alleged that pair's offer was refused by Jenkins and she accused them of not understanding her vision or the Wonder Woman storyline; Jenkins and Gal Gadot seen in 2019

Not interested: This was communicated to Jenkins and De Luca and Abdy wondered if the director would be willing to move the sequel in a different direction. It was alleged that pair’s offer was refused by Jenkins and she accused them of not understanding her vision or the Wonder Woman storyline; Jenkins and Gal Gadot seen in 2019

The first Wonder Woman movie debuted in 2017, opening with a massive $103 million opening weekend en route to $412 million domestic and $822 million worldwide.

The 2020 sequel Wonder Woman 1984 was nowhere near as big a hit as its predecessor, largely thanks to a decimated theatrical environment due to COVID-19.

The sequel took in just $46.8 million domestic and $122.8 million in foreign markets for a worldwide haul of $169.6 million, while the sequel was also released simultaneously on the HBO Max streaming service.

'[Jenkins] let them know that they were wrong, that they didn't understand her, didn't understand the character, didn't understand character arcs and didn't understand what Jenkins was trying to do,' an insider claimed; Jenkins seen in September

‘[Jenkins] let them know that they were wrong, that they didn’t understand her, didn’t understand the character, didn’t understand character arcs and didn’t understand what Jenkins was trying to do,’ an insider claimed; Jenkins seen in September

The studio allegedly gave Jenkins another chance to 'pitch a different direction for Wonder Woman' but, once again, she refused. Since they had no plans to use her sequel treatment, Jenkins decided to walk away and move on to her next film project; Jenkins seen in 2019

The studio allegedly gave Jenkins another chance to ‘pitch a different direction for Wonder Woman’ but, once again, she refused. Since they had no plans to use her sequel treatment, Jenkins decided to walk away and move on to her next film project; Jenkins seen in 2019

The sequel was also not received nearly as well as its predecessor, with the original Wonder Woman earning a strong 88% rating from Rotten Tomatoes critics, while the sequel earned a 58% rating.

Wonder Woman 3 was officially announced in December 2020, just days after Wonder Woman 1984 hit theaters, though there has been little news on the project since then.

Sources claimed that Jenkins and co-writer Geoff Johns recently turned in their treatment for Wonder Woman 3 to the studio.

No sequel: Warner Bros. is reportedly not moving forward with Wonder Woman 3 in a rather shocking development revealed Wednesday; Gal seen in Wonder Woman (2017)

No sequel: Warner Bros. is reportedly not moving forward with Wonder Woman 3 in a rather shocking development revealed Wednesday; Gal seen in Wonder Woman (2017)

No sequel: It came just one day after Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot shared on social media that she, 'can’t wait to share her next chapter with you'

No sequel: It came just one day after Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot shared on social media that she, ‘can’t wait to share her next chapter with you’

Despite Thursday’s report, it was alleged Wednesday that Gunn and Safran – along with Warner Bros. co-CEOs Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy – had told Jenkins that the sequel did not currently fit with their new plans for DC Studios.

While it was said that the cost of the sequel wasn’t a main factor in the decision, sources also claimed DC Studios, ‘will not have any overburdensome financial restrictions,’ under this new regime lead by Gunn and Safran.

The studio will apparently save tens of millions of dollars just by scrapping Wonder Woman 3, since Gadot was reportedly on track to take in $20 million up front while Jenkins was set to earn $12 million for taking the helm, and those figures did not include back end bonuses.

Wake up: 'I’m still pinching myself to see if I will wake up. Can’t wait to share her next chapter with you,' she wrote in her IG post; Gal seen in Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

Wake up: ‘I’m still pinching myself to see if I will wake up. Can’t wait to share her next chapter with you,’ she wrote in her IG post; Gal seen in Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

First movie: The first Wonder Woman movie debuted in 2017, opening with a massive $103 million opening weekend en route to $412 million domestic and $822 million worldwide; Gal in Wonder Woman (2017)

First movie: The first Wonder Woman movie debuted in 2017, opening with a massive $103 million opening weekend en route to $412 million domestic and $822 million worldwide; Gal in Wonder Woman (2017)

While DC, Gadot and Jenkins have not publicly commented on this report, Gadot took to social media on Tuesday to reflect on her original casting as Wonder Woman.

‘On this day, a few years ago, was the first announcement that I was going to play Wonder Woman,’ Gadot began, while sharing an image of her in costume from the first Wonder Woman movie.

‘I’ve been so grateful for the opportunity to play such an incredible, iconic character and more than anything I’m grateful for YOU. The fans. The most amazing, warm, loving fans in the world,’ she added.

‘I’m still pinching myself to see if I will wake up. Can’t wait to share her next chapter with you,’ she concluded.

No comment: While DC, Gadot and Jenkins have not publicly commented on this report, Gadot took to social media on Tuesday to reflect on her original casting as Wonder Woman; the pair seen in 2017

No comment: While DC, Gadot and Jenkins have not publicly commented on this report, Gadot took to social media on Tuesday to reflect on her original casting as Wonder Woman; the pair seen in 2017



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