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DC’s New Regime Nixes ‘Wonder Woman 3’

DC Studios is scrapping plans for Wonder Woman 3, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The reason for the cancellation is being attributed to the new regime at DC, whose co-chair James Gunn and Peter Safran apparently feel WW3 does not fit into their priorities moving forward.

It was originally expected that Patty Jenkins would have returned as director along with star Gal Gadot. Jenkins had directed the first two films in the franchise and reportedly submitted a draft script for WW3 that she co-wrote with Geoff Johns, only to have it turned down. This development marks yet another disappointment for Jenkins, coming on the heels of Lucasfilm’s decision not to move forward with Rogue Squadron, her Star Wars spinoff.

The first Wonder Woman film became a blockbuster hit after its release in 2017, earning more than $822 worldwide. Response to the 2020 sequel, Wonder Woman 1984, was somewhat more tepid, both critically and financially—it grossed only $170 million worldwide–but this was attributed to its release during the coronavirus pandemic when flagship theaters in major cities like New York and Los Angeles were shuttered.

In 2021, Jenkins told reporters that its release in December 2020 had been “the best choice in a bunch of bad choices at the moment.” The film had originally been scheduled for release in 2018, then June 2020. Describing the situation as “heartbreaking,” she added “I don’t think it plays the same on streaming, ever. I’m not a fan of day-and-date, and I hope to avoid it forever.”

Jenkins’s first major project was directing the 2003 thriller Monster, winning the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. In 2007, she was named to the sixth-place slot for Time’s Person of the Year award.

The cancellation of Wonder Woman 3 has led to fevered speculation about what lies in store for DC’s future blueprint. The Hollywood Reporter suggested that perhaps the studio would be doing something with the Kingdom Come and Blue Beetle storylines.

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Edward Moran
Edward Moran
Edward Moran began his journalistic career many decades ago as a theater and cinema reviewer for Show Business and the New York Theater Review. More recently he contributed film reviews to and Movie Sleuth. His writings have appeared in publications as diverse as the Times Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly, the Paris Review, and the Massachusetts Review. Moran also edited a memoir by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Christine Choy. He served as literary advisor to her film Hyam Plutzik: American Poet, which was the keynote film in the American Perspectives series at the 2007 Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin.


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