Unfortunately, it appears that Wonder Woman 3 will not be moving forward at DC Studios. Patty Jenkins, the director of the first two films, was expected to return, and Gal Gadot would have reprised her role as the star. The cancellation is said to be due to the sequel not fitting into the new plans being established by James Gunn and Peter Safran, who are co-chairs of DC Studios.
Gunn and Safran recently returned to Los Angeles after a planning session for DC Studios. It is speculated that they informed Jenkins, who had recently submitted a draft of the script co-written by Geoff Johns, about the cancellation. While Jenkins’ version of the character in its current form won’t be released, this may not be the end for Gadot’s portrayal. Gadot expressed gratitude to the fans and mentioned her anticipation for the next chapter, although it is unclear if she was aware of the film’s cancellation when she tweeted.
The Legacy of Wonder Woman
Gal Gadot’s portrayal of Wonder Woman began with a small appearance in the film “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.” In that movie, Wonder Woman joined forces with Batman and Superman to fight against a monstrous creation by Lex Luthor. The positive response to her character’s introduction led to the release of the standalone film “Wonder Woman” in 2017. Directed by Patty Jenkins, the movie explored the origin story of the Amazon princess who becomes a hero. It depicted her journey as she discovered the world during the time of The Great War. “Wonder Woman” was widely praised by both critics and fans, with some considering it the best film in the DC Extended Universe.
Following the success of the first film, a sequel titled “Wonder Woman 1984” was released in 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film experienced several delays before finally premiering in December 2020, simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max. In this installment, Diana reunites with her lost love, Steve Trevor, and confronts the threats posed by Maxwell Lord and Cheetah. However, “Wonder Woman 1984” faced greater scrutiny from critics compared to its predecessor and did not perform as well financially, falling short of breaking even at the box office.
This news is really sad for fans of Wonder Woman. They were hoping for one more exciting adventure with their favorite hero, but now it’s not going to happen. It’s a big disappointment for those who wanted to see more of Wonder Woman’s story and see her become even more heroic.
Maybe Henry Cavill and Jason Momoa won’t play Superman and Aquaman again
DC’s cinematic universe is going through a transition phase, which includes the end of the previous Snyderverse and the departure of actors who portrayed iconic heroes. It is reported that Henry Cavill and Jason Momoa will no longer reprise their roles as Superman and Aquaman, respectively. The studio is currently deliberating whether to include cameo appearances of these characters in the upcoming Flash movie, set to release in June. There are differing opinions on whether such appearances would be seen as empty promises to fans.
In addition to the aforementioned changes, there was also disappointment surrounding the box office performance of the film “Black Adam,” which featured Dwayne Johnson in the lead role. Johnson had high hopes for the film and even planned for a cameo appearance by Henry Cavill’s Superman. However, due to the shifting direction of DC, there is a possibility that the character of Black Adam might not continue in the same way. On the other hand, sources suggest that Jason Momoa may have a different fate, as there are rumors of his potential return to the new DC Extended Universe, possibly in the role of the intergalactic bounty hunter, Lobo.
Future of DC Extended Universe
The plans and ideas that James Gunn and Peter Safran have for future DC projects are currently unknown, but their dedication and hard work are evident. Gunn recently shared a photo on social media hinting at the possibility of the famous “Kingdom Come” comic book storyline being incorporated into DC Studios’ future plans, sparking speculation among fans. Additionally, the release of promotional materials for the upcoming film “Blue Beetle” at CCXP generated excitement among fans for this upcoming project. Gunn and Safran face a difficult task as they strive to establish their cinematic vision in the midst of multiple projects already in development.
The next release in the DC Universe will be “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” scheduled to premiere on May 17, 2023. This will be followed by “The Flash,” featuring Ezra Miller in the lead role, as well as “Blue Beetle” and “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.” Beyond these projects, the future of the DC Universe is currently uncertain as James Gunn and Peter Safran work on determining their long-term plan for the next decade.