Warner Bros. axes Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot’s ‘Wonder Woman 3’

Wonder Woman is the new Batgirl.

According to a Wednesday report by The Hollywood Reporter, director Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman 3” starring Gal Gadot isn’t making headway at Warner Bros. The third installment in the superhero saga is the latest DC project to be shelved following the recent Warner Bros. Discovery merger that has led to mass layoffs and a controversial creative overhaul.

Warner Bros. officials did not immediately respond to the Times request for comment Thursday.

According to anonymous sources cited by THR, Jenkins recently pitched her plans for the sequel to DC Studios, now headed by filmmaker James Gunn and producer Peter Safran. In October, David Zaslav, president of Warner Bros. Discovery, hired the duo to spearhead a new, more unified strategy across film, television and animation.

Gunn and Safran were reportedly among the executives who broke the news to Jenkins, telling the filmmaker that her vision for Wonder Woman 3 didn’t align with her plans for DC’s future.

Gunn partially denied the THR report on social media on Thursday. tweet“Some of it is true, some of it is half-true, some of it isn’t true, and some of it we haven’t yet decided if it’s true or not.”

“Peter and I decided to run DC Studios because we knew we were going to be in a turbulent environment, both in terms of the stories being told and the audience themselves, and that there would be an inevitable period of transition would, if we moved to that, be a cohesive story across film, television, animation and gaming,” Gunn continued in a thread.

“But in the end, the downsides of this transition period were dwarfed by the creative opportunities and opportunity to build on what has worked in DC and help correct what hasn’t worked.”

The ‘Suicide Squad’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director added that it won’t be possible to ‘make every single person happy’ but vowed to always be ‘in the service of the STORY and in the service of the DC CHARACTERS ” to act.

“As for further answers on the future of DCU, I’m sorry to have to ask you to wait,” he tweeted. “We’re giving these characters and the stories the time and attention they deserve, and we have a lot more questions to ask and answer ourselves.”

Jenkins’ last Wonder Woman film, Wonder Woman 1984, did well at the pandemic box office in December 2020 but was panned by critics. In 2017, the flagship film “Wonder Woman” received rave reviews, made history as the first major superhero film directed by a woman (Jenkins), and achieved the largest domestic premiere for a title directed by a woman.

Wonder Woman also helped launch the career of Gadot, who appeared in both of Jenkins’ comic book adaptations as the Amazonian warrior goddess. According to THR, Gadot was set to make $20 million for Wonder Woman 3, while Jenkins was set to make $12 million, excluding back-end bonuses.

Jenkins and Gadot officials did not immediately respond to The Times requests for comment Thursday.

The Wonder Woman news comes several months after Warner Bros. Discovery made the widely criticized decision to hire DC’s Batgirl, which had already been filmed and cost $90 million to make. The company has also dropped a number of other live-action and animated titles tied to its HBO Max streaming service.

On Monday, Gadot celebrated the anniversary of her casting as Wonder Woman on Twitter and Instagram, saying she can’t wait to share her next chapter with fans.

“I was so grateful for the opportunity to play such an incredible, iconic character, and more than anything, I thank YOU. The fans. The most amazing, heartfelt and loving fans in the world,” she wrote. “I’m still pinching myself to see if I wake up.”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2022-12-08/warner-bros-wonder-woman-3-canceled-patty-jenkins-gal-gadot Warner Bros. axes Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot’s ‘Wonder Woman 3’

Sarah Ridley

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