Word recently has been swirling that a potential third Jenkins-directed Wonder Woman "[was] not moving forward and is considered dead in its current incarnation."
This comes as the winds of change continue to blow at Warner Bros. and DC Studios. Newly-appointed co-CEOs of the DCU, James Gunn and Peter Safran, have just taken their posting at the super-powered franchise, with their sights set on "telling the Biggest Story Ever Told."
Now it is unknown what exactly went into the scrapping of Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman 3, but some have said Jenkins digging her heels in over the direction of the third film may have played a part in the cancellation.
Well, Jenkins has now spoken up on the subject, revealing her side of the Wonder Woman 3 stroy.
Patty Jenkins Tells All
Posted on her Twitter page, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins came clean about the Wonder Woman 3 situation and reported that she was the reason the project was not moving forward in its current form.
In a lengthy post, Jenkins called recent headlines about the title "clickbait." She told fans "[she] never walked away," and "there was nothing [she] could do to move anything forward at this time" when it came to a Wonder Woman threequel:
When there started being backlash about 'WW3' not happening, the attractive clickbait false story that it was me that killed it or walked away started to spread.This is simply not true. I never walked away. I was open to considering anything asked of me. It was my understanding there was nothing I could do to move anything forward at this time. DC is obviously buried in changes they are having to make, so I understand these decisions are difficult right now.
The director noted that she could not "allow inaccuracies to continue" and revealed that Disney and Lucasfilm's Rogue Squadron was something she was still working on alongside Wonder Woman 3:
Sigh... I'm not one to talk about private career matters, but I will not allow inaccuracies to continue.
Here are the facts: I originally left 'Rogue Squadron' after a long and productive development process when it became clear it couldn't happen soon enough and I did not want to delay 'WW3' any further. When I did, Lucasfilm asked me to consider coming back to 'RS' after 'WW3', which I was honored to do, so I agreed. They made a new deal with me. In fact, I am still on it and that project has been in active development ever since.I don't know if it will happen or not. We never do until the development process is complete, but I look forward to its potential ahead.
Jenkins called her journey with the DC character "beautiful," lamenting that she was "honored to be the person" who got to bring Wonder Woman to the big screen:
I do not want what has been a beautiful journey with 'WW' to land on negative note. I have loved and been so honored to be the person who got to make these last two 'Wonder Woman' films. She is an incredible character. Living in and around her values makes one a better person every day. I wish her and her legacy an amazing future ahead, with or without me.
She also brought up Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot as a "gift," calling the actress "A cherished friend:"
And Gal... Gal Gadot. Where do I even begin? Gal is the greatest gift I have received in this whole journey. A cherished friend, inspiration, and sister. There are no words I can use to convey how magical she is. She is the walking embodiment of Wonder Woman in real life and a better person than the world can imagine. Never once in the millions of moments I have spent with her did I see anything less. She is a gift to this world, and even more so, to me.
The Wonder Woman director also reminisced about getting to work with the original Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter:
Walking side by side with Lynda Carter, an absolute legend and beacon of goodness and light, has been a thrill. I have learned so much from her and will cherish her as a friend and mentor, always. My crew has been like family and fought every day to give the world the best films they could.
And lastly, the director thanked the fans for all their love and support. According to Jenkins "Wonder Woman fans are often not the most visible in the media and online," but she wants them to know "[she has] always seen and celebrated [their] importance:"
Lastly, but most importantly, THANK YOU to the incredible 'WW 'fans, and for all of your love and support. Wonder Woman fans are often not the most visible in the media and online, but I want you to know that we have always seen and celebrated you and your importance. You were first and foremost in our minds every day we made the last two films. You are the best and most loving people and I look forward to always celebrating you.
In closing, Jenkins told audiences and the world at large to "keep up the Wonder Woman spirit:"
Thank you ALL for this wonderful journey. Keep up the Wonder Woman spirit. Any day that you face struggles, try asking: What would Wonder Woman do? I hope her beacon of love, truth and justice is always there to lead the way for you, as she has done for me.
Is Patty Jenkins Done at DC?
So, this certainly seems like Patty Jenkins is now officially 100% done working with DC. While before there were reports and quotes from sources, this is the director speaking up for herself, telling her side of the story, and seemingly saying goodbye to a franchise she was integral in bringing back to the mainstream.
And this resignation of sorts should be enough for fans to stop badgering the director about her seemingly false (at least to her) part in the scrapping of her version of a Wonder Woman 3.
One cannot forget that without Patty Jenkins, the Gal Gadot-led Wonder Woman series of films does noe become the success that it did. Gadot has gone as far as to call Jenkins her "best friend." These two were not only coworkers on these films, but partners.
Now, it will be interesting to see what happens with Wonder Woman as a character and a movie franchise in the wake of Jenkins leaving. According to a recent Deadline report, this Jenkins decision was not one made DC Studios co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran, but by the brass at Warner Bros. (WB)
WB supposedly still wants to do a third Wonder Woman film, so if Gal Gadot is game and ready to dawn the golden bracers without Jenkins behind the camera, then fans could potentially see her suit up as Diana/Wonder Woman yet again.
Both Patty Jenkins-directed Wonder Woman films can be streamed now on HBO Max.