After months of uncertainty surrounding the future of Wonder Woman 3 following the appointment of James Gunn and Peter Safran as the new DC Studios heads, franchise star Gal Gadot has revealed that the third installment in the superhero film series is still happening. But it looks like Patty Jenkins, the director of the first two Wonder Woman movies, is no longer involved.
Is Wonder Woman 3 cancelled?
Wonder Woman 3 was officially greenlit by Warner Bros. on December 27, 2020, just two days after the simultaneous theatrical and streaming premiere of its predecessor, Wonder Woman 1984, in North America. At the time, Gal Gadot was confirmed to reprise the titular role in the third movie, with Patty Jenkins also coming back as the director of the film.
But in December 2022, The Hollywood Reporter published a story claiming that Wonder Woman 3 was not moving forward because it “did not fit in” with newly appointed DC Studios heads James Gunn and Peter Safran’s plans for the DCEU. This news was later confirmed by Jenkins.
Over a year later, in January 2023, Gunn and Safran revealed that they had offered to let Gadot continue playing the character of Wonder Woman in the new DC Universe movies. After sharing in June 2023 that “things were being worked behind the scenes” in regards to her continuing to play Wonder Woman, Gadot revealed in August 2023 that Wonder Woman 3 is actually in development.
Before the SAG-AFTRA strike, ComicBook.com got to interview Gadot for her new Netflix film Heart of Stone. During the interview, Gadot mentioned that, as she understands it, she will be developing Wonder Woman 3 together with Gunn and Safran. “I love portraying Wonder Woman,” the actress said. “It’s so close to and dear to my heart. From what I heard from James and from Peter is that we’re gonna develop a Wonder Woman 3 together.”
What will Wonder Woman 3 be about?
Since it seems that Wonder Woman 3 is still in early development, the movie’s plot details are unclear at this point.
But during the time when Patty Jenkins was still helming the project, fans speculated that Wonder Woman 3 would finally bring Wonder Woman, a.k.a. Diana Prince, to the present day, where she would likely interact with other heroes in the DC Universe.
Whatever the plan for Wonder Woman 3 is, the movie has to outshine the beloved 2017 Wonder Woman movie, and redeem the franchise after the widely criticized 2020 sequel Wonder Woman 1984.
When is Wonder Woman 3 coming out?
Wonder Woman 3 doesn’t have a release date yet. As pointed out by ComicBook, Wonder Woman 3 is not one of the DC movies included in the slate of projects for Chapter One of the DC Universe, called Gods and Monsters.
In addition to Wonder Woman 3, there are plans for Paradise Lost, a Max series set amongst the Amazons on Themiscyra. Furthermore, Gunn also suggested before that he’s interested in developing an animated series about Wonder Woman.
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in DC Universe
Here is the list of Gal Gadot’s appearances as Wonder Woman in the DC Universe:
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
- Wonder Woman (2017)
- Justice League (2017)
- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
- Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023) (Cameo)
- The Flash (2023) (Cameo)
Gal Gadot’s upcoming movies
In addition to Wonder Woman 3, Gal Gadot will also star in the upcoming movies below:
Heart of Stone (2023) – A spy thriller directed by Tom Harper and written by Greg Rucka and Allison Schroeder. Gadot stars as Rachel Stone, a top-secret agent who is forced to partner with a CIA officer (Jamie Dornan) to prevent a global disaster.
Snow White (2024) – A dark fantasy film directed by Marc Webb and written by Erin Cressida Wilson. Gadot stars as the Evil Queen, who sets out to destroy Snow White (Rachel Zegler) after she is banished from the kingdom.
Cleopatra (TBA) – A historical epic film directed by Patty Jenkins and written by Laeta Kalogridis. Gadot stars as Cleopatra, the last active pharaoh of Ancient Egypt.
Irena Sendler (TBA) – A historical drama film directed by Michelle MacLaren and written by Angela LaManna. Gadot stars as Irena Sendler, a Polish social worker who saved the lives of over 2,500 Jewish children during the Holocaust.