Wonder Woman 3 NOT moving forward: Director Patty Jenkins’ third instalment is ‘dead’ at DC

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Warner Bros. is reportedly not moving forward with Wonder Woman 3 in a rather shocking development.

Newly-minted DC Studios heads James Gunn and Peter Safran have reportedly 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, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Those plans apparently don’t include a new Wonder Woman sequel, 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.’

No sequel: Warner Bros. is reportedly not moving forward with Wonder Woman 3 in a rather shocking development

No sequel: Those plans apparently don't include a new Wonder Woman sequel, 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'

No sequel: Those plans apparently don’t include a new Wonder Woman sequel, 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’

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.

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

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

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

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

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

However, Gunn and Safran – along with Warner Bros. co-CEOs Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy – reportedly 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.

No fit: However, Gunn and Safran - along with Warner Bros. co-CEOs Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy - reportedly told Jenkins that the sequel did not currently fit with their new plans for DC Studios

No fit: However, Gunn and Safran – along with Warner Bros. co-CEOs Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy – reportedly told Jenkins that the sequel did not currently fit with their new plans for DC Studios

Save: 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

Save: 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

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. 

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

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

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

As for Gunn and Safran’s plans for the DC Studios slate, nothing has been confirmed ahead of next week’s meeting with Zaslav, though there are several rumored scenarios.

The primary rumor surfacing – which ties in with the shuttering of Wonder Woman 3 – is that Gunn and Safran will completely abandon and dismantle what has come to be known as the ‘Snyderverse.’

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 concluded

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 concluded

These are the superheroes assembled for director Zack Snyder’s Justice League, including Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill’s Superman, Ben Affleck’s Batman, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Ezra Miller’s The Flash and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg.

If this happens, it is believed that the Man of Steel 2 sequel that is in development with Henry Cavill will be shut down, and there will be no future Aquaman movies, likely beyond Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, slated for release on December 25, 2023.

Both Aquaman and Superman are said to have cameos in the next DC Studios film, The Flash, currently slated for release on June 16.

Sources claim that the studio is currently debating whether or not to keep the Superman cameo that Cavill shot back in September, since it might indicate the studio was planning on building out that character more when they have apparently no intention of doing so.

A studio insider, however, claimed that The Flash has not yet locked picture and no plans have been finalized quite yet.

Cavill also made a cameo in Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam, and even proclaimed on Instagram in October, ‘I wanted to make it official – I am back as Superman.’

Gunn and Safran’s plan will also not likely include a sequel to Black Adam, which had been previously teased as well.

The film took in $165.3 million domestic and $384.8 million worldwide, though the movie has been said to cost somewhere between $190 million and $230 million, which doesn’t include marketing costs.

While a different report from Deadline that surfaced on Wednesday claimed Warner Bros. may make a profit between $52 million and $72 million, a figure backed up by The Rock himself in a recent tweet, rising costs would likely diminish the prospects of a sequel happening. 

As for Momoa, the Aquaman sequel may likely be the final movie produced by the old DC Studios regime, though there’s speculation he could return to the new regime and play the DC character Lobo in a new movie.

There is no indication how other upcoming movies such as Shazam: Fury of the Gods (March 17) and Blue Beetle (August 18) might fit into Gunn and Safran’s plans.

The report did suggest that the one DC property that will likely be untouched by the Gunn-Safran leadership is Matt Reeves’ Batman universe, which includes a follow-up to this year’s hit The Batman and two spin-off TV shows. 



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