Blockbuster superhero sequel Wonder Woman 1984 was only released into theaters and onto HBO Max on Friday, but Warner Bros. has wasted no time in signaling their intentions to continue the franchise by fast-tracking the third installment into active development.
Fans had been waiting a long time for Gal Gadot’s return as Diana Prince, with the movie originally set for release in November of last year before being delayed several times. Wonder Woman 1984 opened at the top of the box office, and while $16.7 million would be viewed as a major disappointment under normal circumstances given that its predecessor opened to over $100 million, the current troubles facing the theatrical industry mean it has to be viewed as a win.
Not only does it give Wonder Woman 1984 the biggest opening weekend at the domestic box office since Pixar’s Onward in March, but the studio have also revealed that it broke all sorts of viewership records on HBO Max, and presumably led to a massive increase in subscriber numbers as millions of people spent their Christmas evening watching the title heroine team up with Chris Pine’s returning Steve Trevor to battle Pedro Pascal’s Maxwell Lord and Kristen Wiig’s Cheetah.
Wonder Woman 3 might have been rushed into pre-production just two days after Patty Jenkins’ follow-up debuted, but we might be waiting a while to see the finished product after the filmmaker was also recently announced to be directing Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, which already has a December 2023 release date locked in, meaning we won’t be seeing Gadot back on our screens as the Amazonian warrior until the following year at the earliest.
The reception to Wonder Woman 1984 has been a lot more tepid than Warner Bros. would have been hoping for, but as one of the very few major blockbusters to actually stick to a 2020 release audiences have been sorely missing the sort of big-budget spectacle that it delivers in spades.
Apart from Jenkins and Gadot, there’s currently no other talent attached to Wonder Woman 3 as of yet, but with the filmmaker about to journey to a galaxy far, far away the wait for more information could be a long one, and there’s no word on how it could affect the duo’s next intended collaboration on a new historical epic telling the story of Cleopatra.