Patty Jenkins was notably one of few to have helped defend against some of Christopher Nolan's criticism of Warner Bros. and their decision to release all their 2021 theatrical films on HBO Max. Despite also being one of the few directors to have been compensated before this controversial plan was enacted, Jenkins seems less and less sure about Wonder Woman 3 by the day.
Jenkins has mentioned some of her frustrations with Warner Bros.'s doubts about parts of Wonder Woman 1984 and revealing that the studio did indeed ask for her to change the ending of the original Wonder Woman. As for Wonder Woman 3, Jenkins seems unsure which direction to take it now, despite loving the current story she originally had in mind due to how much the world has changed.
Patty Jenkins' most recent interview with The New York Times doesn't really help the matter, where she gave a very noncommittal answer to whether or not she'll even direct Wonder Woman 3.
In an interview with The New York Times, Patty Jenkins was asked whether she still planned on returning to direct Wonder Woman 3 after finishing Rogue Squadron, with Jenkins giving quite an alarming answer:
Interview: "You’re directing the “Star Wars” movie “Rogue Squadron” next. After that, do you still plan to direct a third “Wonder Woman” film?"
Jenkins: “We’ll see what happens. I really don’t know. I know that I’d love to do the third one if the circumstances were right and there was still a theatrical model possible. I don’t know that I would if there wasn’t.”
WHAT THIS MEANS
Patty Jenkins is certainly sending mixed messages regarding her involvement with Wonder Woman 3, despite already having mentioned her work on the script with Geoff Johns. This is not to mention how passionate she seemed about the Amazon spin-off, even speaking about the third Wonder Woman movie too in the same interview.
Perhaps Patty Jenkins will feel differently once she's finished filming Rogue Squadron for Disney. However, Jenkins seems fairly committed to having her movie still release with a theatrical model, which should be more than doable by that time and the pandemic passing. However, that could be a problem if Warner Bros. continues their current release strategy beyond 2021, potentially putting off Jenkins from returning to the studio.