Wonder Woman 3, the second follow-up to director Patty Jenkins’ successful 2017 adaptation of the DC Comics superheroine, is not moving forward.
The Hollywood Reporter is citing multiple sources that the in-development project has been tabled by new DC Comics Films co-chiefs James Gunn and Peter Safran. Jenkins, who co-wrote the Wonder Woman 3 outline with DC Comics writer-turned-film producer Geoff Johns, had reportedly submitted that draft to the studio only very recently, but has been told it will not be moving forward.
Gal Gadot first appeared as the current incarnation of the super powered Amazonian warrior in director Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice in 2016. Her own solo film the following year was a critical hit and brought in $817 million. The sequel Wonder Woman 1984, was less enthusiastically received. Released during thee COVID pandemic to theaters and on the HBO Max simultaneously. Although it would only $166 million at the box office, the then-current Warners brass were apparently happy enough with its performance at theaters and on streaming to give the go ahead to Jenkins to start developing a third solo outing for the character5.
Gunn and Safran were given control of the newly created division at Warner Brothers Discovery this past October, and since then have been planning how to move forward in creating an interconnected franchise of films featuring the iconic comic book publisher’s stable of characters. The Reporter stated that the current plans they have developed so far are not yet set in stone and could possibly change. The pair reportedly have a meeting with Warner Brothers Discovery CEO Robert Zaslav next week to discuss their plans, of which a third Wonder Woman film is apparently not a part of.
It is not known if Gunn and Safran’s plans hold a place for the Wonder Woman character at all. It is possible that the story that Johns and Jenkins had developed just didn’t fit into the overall story that the two were looking to tell, but a third movie with a different story more in line with their plans might still be in the offing.