Wonder Woman threequel greenlit by Warner Bros. with Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot set to return
Despite the pandemic that has decimated the world’s box offices over the past ten months and against the threat of HBO MAX wiping out its earning potential, DC Superhero sequel ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘ managed to take the top honor at the Domestic United States box office over the weekend, earning itself $16.7million in sales.
The film has managed to earn itself $85million around the world so far on an estimated $200million budget. In the United Kingdom, the restrictions that remain in place for most of the country have seen theatres closed and has made Warner Bros. decide to make the film available to all UK citizens on PVOD from January 13th. In other territories, the film has struggled to make the impact many thought it would, such as China where the film lagged far behind the rest.
HBO MAX customers in the U.S, where the film is available exclusively for free to subscribers for 31 days have complained about the quality of the video they can view along with app crashes, the 4K version not being available, poor sound, and other technical problems. But despite all of the problems the film has faced and continues to do so, it hasn’t stopped Warner Bros. from announcing that a third and probable final film for the character from writer/director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot.
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Patty Jenkins always envisioned that she would make a trilogy of films with the character as well as a spin-off she will be producing and it looks like she will get her wish. This goes against her statement last week that she wouldn’t be involved in a third film if it wasn’t going to be a theatrical only release instead of the current plans by Warner’s to release their content theatrically as well as on HBO MAX simultaneously for the whole of 2021, causing no end of a backlash from stars, directors and the industry in total. It appears that Warner’s have assured Patty Jenkins that the third film won’t go to streaming alongside a theatrical experience and that has persuaded her to sign up for the third film for the Amazonian warrior.
Gal Gadot has also agreed to reprise her role as Diana Prince/ Wonder Woman in the third movie, bringing the curtain down on her participation with Patty Jenkins and possibly her time with the character. That remains to be seen as Gal Gadot is a hero to many young girls and women around the globe and they look up to her as an empowerment of the strength that women around the world possess and is considered a role model. This could be a factor in keeping her in the role for a few more years and movies yet.
I sadly haven’t been able to see ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘ as yet due to the restrictions and am eagerly awaiting January 13th when I, reluctantly, have to see the film on PVOD, a format I detest and consider to be a major threat to the cinematic experience. But just this once, I am willing to bite the bullet, just so I can see a film I’ve been looking forward to for over two years.
This news though has given me a much-needed boost. A third ‘Wonder Woman‘ adventure starring Gal Gadot and with Patty Jenkins on writing and directing duties again is brilliant news. What remains to be seen though is exactly when the film will be before the cameras. With Patty Jenkins being busy prepping and making ‘Star Wars: Rogue Squadron‘ for the next few years and Gal Gadot gearing up for her version of ‘Cleopatra‘, both of their slates are pretty full at the moment. But we can rest assured though that the Amazonian warrior Princess WILL be back sometime in the future.
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