Patty Jenkins has revealed that she didn’t choose to walk away from the planned third installment in her Wonder Woman movie series. The director’s revelation comes after Warner Bros. announced last week that it wouldn’t be moving forward with the anticipated project, Vanity Fair is reporting.
After the second Wonder Woman sequel was cancelled, it was initially reported that the project wasn’t moving forward because the filmmaker allegedly rejected studio notes from new DC Films co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran. She then allegedly left the project because she didn’t agree with the direction the duo wanted to take the series.
But in a lengthy statement Jenkins posted on Twitter last night, she said: “Sigh… I’m not one to talk about private career matters, but I will not allow inaccuracies to continue. Here are the facts.”
The Emmy Award-nominated filmmaker began her post by acknowledging her Star Wars project, Rogue Squadron, which she announced with Lucasfilm two years ago, in December 2020. “I originally left Rogue Squadron after a long and productive development process when it became clear it couldn’t happen soon enough and I did not want to delay WW3 any further,” she wrote.
“When I did, Lucasfilm asked me to consider coming back to RS after WW3, which I was honored to do, so I agreed. They made a new deal with me,” Jenkins continued.
“In fact, I am still on it and that project has been in active development ever since. I don’t know if it will happen or not. We never do until the development process is complete, but I look forward to its potential ahead,” the helmer added.
Disney officially pulled Rogue Squadron from its release schedule this past September, after it was original scheduled to be distributed in theaters next year.
“When there started being backlash about WW3 not happening, the attractive clickbait false story that it was me that killed it or walked away started to spread. This is simply not true,” Jenkins continued.
“I never walked away. I was open to considering anything asked of me. It was my understanding there was nothing I could do to move anything forward at this time. DC is obviously buried in changes they are having to make, so I understand these decisions are difficult right now,” the filmmaker added.
Jenkins became the first woman to direct a studio superhero movie when she signed on to helm 2017’s Wonder Woman, which stars Gal Gadot in the titular role. She also directed its follow-up, 2020’s Wonder Woman 1984, which was released day-and-date on HBO Max during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it failed to make as big of a cultural impact as its predecessor.
The filmmaker previously shared that she wanted to set the third entry in the series in the modern-day, after the first installment was set during World War I and the second feature took place in the 1980s. The potential third movie reportedly would have picked up after the events of 2016’s Batman v Superman and 2017’s Justice League.
“I do not want what has been a beautiful journey with WW to land on a negative note,” Jenkins added. “I have loved and been so honored to be the person who got to make these last two Wonder Woman films.
“She is an incredible character. Living in and around her values makes one a better person every day. I wish her and her legacy an amazing future ahead, with or without me,” the helmer added.
Jenkins then paid tribute to Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman on TV in the late 1970s and had a cameo in Wonder Woman 1984. “Walking side by side with Lynda Carter, an absolute legend and beacon of goodness and light, has been a thrill. I have learned so much from her and will cherish her as a friend and mentor, always,” the filmmaker also wrote in her tweet.
In her post, Jenkins also praised Gadot, saying: “Gal is the greatest gift I have received in this whole journey. A cherished friend, inspiration, and sister. There are no words I can use to convey how magical she is. She is the walking embodiment of Wonder Woman in real life and a better person than the world can imagine. Never once in the millions of moments I have spent with her did I see anything less. She is a gift to this world, and even more so, to me.”
Just over an hour after Jenkins posted her statement, which concluded with her hopes that fans “keep up the Wonder Woman spirit,” Gunn replied to her message with a tweet of his own. He confirmed her account of how Wonder Woman 3 was cancelled, and added praise for her, saying: “I can attest that all of Peter and my interactions with you were only pleasant and professional.”