Wonder Woman 3 officially receives greenlight from Warner Bros. and Patty Jenkins is confirmed to direct it. Jenkins has also directed the first two Wonder Woman movies so naturally, fans are delighted for her return. Gal Gadot will reprise her DC Comics heroine role, bringing to conclusion the superhero trilogy series.
The announcement came at the height of the studio’s release of Wonder Woman 1984, the sequel to the superhero franchise. It premiered in theaters on Christmas Day and was simultaneously launched on the company’s streaming service the same day.
Warner Bros. Chief Toby Emmerich said in a statement, “As fans around the world continue to embrace Diana Prince, driving the strong opening weekend performance of ‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ we are excited to be able to continue her story with our real life Wonder Women — Gal and Patty — who will return to conclude the long-planned theatrical trilogy.”
Despite the pandemic situation, Wonder Woman 1984 surprisingly generated strong ticket sales. The film collected $16.7 million from 2,100 North American theaters, the best opening weekend in the coronavirus era so far. In terms of HBO Max viewers, the studio said nearly half of the platform’s retail subscribers watched the film on Friday, with millions more viewing through cable or wireless access.
“Wonder Woman 1984 broke records and exceeded our expectations across all of our key viewing and subscriber metrics in its first 24 hours on the service, and the interest and momentum we’re seeing indicates this will likely continue well beyond the weekend,” said Andy Forssell, head of WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer business. “During these very difficult times, it was nice to give families the option of enjoying this uplifting film at home, where theater viewing wasn’t an option.”
What else do we know about Wonder Woman 3?
With Warner Bros.’ announcement just two days after releasing Wonder Woman 1984, speculations have been confirmed and made official. However, as to when Wonder Woman 3 will go into production, that remains to be seen. Moreover, its plot details remain unknown, although Jenkins has previously said that a full story had already been planned out.
“I actually came up with a story, and Geoff Johns and I beat out an entire story for Wonder Woman 3 that we were super fired up about,” she confessed. However, she feels like a lot has changed in the world which presupposes her perception of the film in general.
“So much has changed in the world. I still love the story that we came up with. I’m sure that parts of it would come over to it. But I’m trying to say, ‘Don’t decide.’ Don’t fall in love with anything. See ‘What would Wonder Woman do now?’ What are you craving Wonder Woman to do in this world?,” Jenkins added.
It will be interesting to see what the writer/director has in mind for Diana’s story. Nonetheless, with Jenkins and Gadot officially confirmed for the third and final movie, fans can expect the film to be a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy.