The DC shake-up isn’t over. After the announcement that James Gunn, director of The Suicide Squad and The Guardians of the Galaxy, and Peter Safran were appointed the heads of the newly-formed DC Studios, Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 3 is now rumoured to be dead, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter.
Actress Gal Gadot became a fan favourite after playing one of the strongest and most beloved female superheroes in the DC Extended Universe. After two solo movies and appearance in Justice League (2017), fans were quite excited to see her next journey as the Amazoninan.
As per reports, Warner Bros.’ DC UniverseDC Universe is going through a big transition phase. However, specific details are yet to be out.
Everything to know about the scrapping of Wonder Woman 3
What’s happening inside the studio?
Following the recent merger of Warner Bros. and Discovery, the third part got axed, resulting in many controversies. And, it is safe to assume that the comic book fans are heartbroken.
James Gunn and Peter Safran, the newly appointed CEOs of DCEU are working with Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav to make some radical changes in the company. Sources say they are planning to wrap up the storylines created by filmmaker Zack Snyder.
Although this first month at DC has been fruitful, building the next ten years of story takes time & we’re still just beginning.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) December 8, 2022
As per some THR sources, Jenkins and Geoff Johns submitted the co-written version of their project treatment but Gunn and Safran, as well as Warner Bros. Pictures co-chairs and co-CEOs Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy, gunned down the project as it did not fit their new vision for the future of the universe which is still in Batcave.
Though the future of Wonder Woman 3 is still blurry, it is pretty clear that the withstanding version of the superhero saga is dead in this avatar. While finances may not have been the initial reason for debunking the project, the studio can save a fortune by not making the third chapter as reportedly Jenkins would have received USD 12 million and Gadot was in line for a USD 20 million pay cheque without backend bonuses.
The Wonder Woman’s reaction
Surprisingly, this comes one day after ‘Wonder Woman’ (Gadot) herself shared her love for the character on Instagram, and expressed gratitude for getting the chance to portray it on screen. She wrote, “Can’t wait to share her next chapter with you.” So, it is pretty unclear whether she knew about this or not.
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Other transitions that are taking place in DCEU
The DC universe’s future plans are still in a fickle state. However, the upcoming meeting between Gunn, Safran and Zaslav might give some answers.
What is known is that, other than Wonder Woman 3, the curtains of Henry Cavill starrer Man of Steel 2 and Jason Momoa starrer Aquaman 2 have been pulled down before.
After Cavill’s cameo in Black Adam, fans were excited to see him as Superman but now that seems doubtful as well.
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