‘Wonder Woman 3’ probably dead as DC contemplates a major reboot

Could DC hit the reboot button?

A sequel to 2020’s “Wonder Woman 1984” from director Patty Jenkins isn’t moving forward at Warner Bros. as new DC Studios chiefs James Gunn and Peter Safran prepare to reveal their strategy for the future of DC adaptations next week to Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav.

Only Gunn and Safran are sure what they are going to say to Zaslav. But the presentation has the potential to mark a critical turning point for the company, with the very real possibility that the cinematic universe created by filmmaker Zack Snyder would finally come to an end after the premiere of “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” in December. 2023.

According to a studio insider, after submitting a treatment for a third “Wonder Woman,” Jenkins was told by studio management that it was inconsistent with Gunn and Safran’s emerging plans for the DC Universe, and that the studio would not make it to the project. Oddly enough, ‘Wonder Woman’ star Gal Gadot posted on social media on Monday that she was “so grateful for the chance to play such an incredible, iconic character” and that she “can’t wait to share her next chapter with you.” ,’ which led to widespread speculation about what that next chapter would be.

A representative of Warner Bros. declined to comment and a Jenkins representative did not respond to a request for comment.

“Man of Steel” star Henry Cavill also recently teased that he would reprise his performance as Superman after his brief appearance in the post-credits scene of October’s “Black Adam” opposite Dwayne Johnson. But now both Cavill and Johnson’s future at DC is an open question, with a Hollywood Reporter story suggesting the new DC Studios plan could kill off any potential “Man of Steel” sequel, while prospects for another installment of “Black Adam” harmed by the shaky financial returns at the box office.

At the heart of it all is the deeply fraught history of what fans have dubbed the Snyderverse – the series of DC adaptations that first launched with 2013’s “Man of Steel” and featured Cavill, Gadot, “Aquaman” star Jason Momoa and “The Flash” stars Ezra Miller as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. From the start, Snyder’s morally gray and visually gritty approach proved divisive among DC fans and the general public alike – some loved it, others hated it. Effectively leaving Universum after 2017’s “Justice League” (and only returning for 2021’s “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” recut after a brutal online campaign), most of the actors Snyder cast remained in their own individual franchises.

Most of those post-Snyder films were major financial successes, but the Snyderverse was also dogged by scandal. Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg in both ‘Justice League’ movies, parted ways with Warner Bros. in 2021. And while “The Flash” is still slated to debut in June, Miller – who in August apologized “to everyone I have alarmed and upset by my past behavior” after enduring. of a litany of misconduct and abuse allegations – almost certainly. done with the character.

There’s still every chance Cavill, Gadot, Momoa, and Johnson will somehow return to the DC fold. They are hugely popular stars with global appeal who all seem eager to get back in the suit. However, only Gunn and Safran are sure they will get the call.

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