Warner Bros. is reportedly not moving forward with Wonder Woman 3. 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.
Meanwhile, those plans reportedly don’t include a new Wonder Woman sequel, that would have featured original Wonder Woman Lynda Carter. However, the report of the third instalment not moving forward 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 to $412 million domestic and $822 million worldwide.
The 2020 sequel Wonder Woman 1984 was nowhere near as big a hit as its predecessor, as the movie was released in selected theatres due to COVID-19. The sequel took in just $46.8 million domestically and $122.8 and $169.6 million worldwide, while the sequel was also released simultaneously on the HBO Max streaming service. 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.
However, Wonder Woman 3 was officially announced in December 2020, just days after Wonder Woman 1984 hit theatres. Since then, no official news came on the project. 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 led 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 upfront while Jenkins was set to earn $12 million for taking the helm, and those figures did not include back-end bonuses.