There has been a lot of talk recently about major changes under way at Warner Bros.’ DC Comics arm. Discovery –– which, under new bosses James Gunn and Peter Safran is now called DC Studios –– is undergoing another creative shake-up.
And part of that was reports last week that co-writer/director Patty Jenkins’ third ‘Wonder Woman’ film would not be moving forward, with the filmmaker leaving after her latest treatment (co-written with Geoff Johns) was rejected by film bosses Warner.
Now, Jenkins, who so far made 2017’s ‘Wonder Woman’ (which was a smash hit) and 2020’s ‘Wonder Woman 1984’, (which experienced less than positive reviews and box office streaming/pandemic issues on the same day), is setting the record straight. in twitter.
“As the backlash about ‘WW3’ started to stall, the catchy clickbait fake stories that I killed him or left started spreading. I never left,” Jenkins wrote. “I am open to considering anything that is asked of me. It’s my understanding there’s nothing I can do to move anything forward at this point. DC is clearly buried in the changes they need to make, so I understand this decision is difficult right now. I didn’t want a scenic trip with WW Landing [a] negative note. I really love and am honored to be the person to make these last two ‘Wonder Woman’ movies. He is an extraordinary character.”
Jenkins further praised the “legend” Lynda Carter, who rose to prominence for playing the character on TV and had a set role in ‘1984’ which showed more participation in the now impossible path, and Gal Gadot, who had played the title character in several films. .
That all seems to put an end to speculation that Jenkins might return to continue his work (though never say never).
Still, she also offers hope to those who were disappointed that her planned ‘Star Wars’ film entry, ‘Rogue Squadron’ has been long delayed due to the director’s focus on ‘Wonder Woman’.
“I originally left ‘Rogue Squadron’ after a long and productive development process when it became clear that it couldn’t happen immediately and I didn’t want to delay ‘WW3’ any further. When I did, Lucasfilm asked me to consider returning to ‘RS’ after ‘WW3’, which I felt honored to do, so I agreed. They made a new deal with me. In fact, I am still working on it and the project has been actively developed since then. I don’t know if that will happen or not. We never did until the development process was complete, but I look forward to its potential going forward.”
What this means for Gal Gadot in the title role of the potential ‘Wonder Woman’ franchise going forward is anyone’s guess. We’ll have to wait and see what James Gunn and Peter Safran think.
You can read Jenkins’ full statement here: