A third “Wonder Woman” film is on the way from director Patty Jenkins with Gal Gadot set to return in the starring role…
It didn’t take long for Warner Bros. to option “Wonder Woman 3.”
Just two days after “Wonder Woman 1984” opened in theaters as well as being made available on HBO Max, Warner Bros. has officially order a third film in the series.
Patty Jenkins will return to direct the third film after previously leading the first two “Wonder Woman” movies with Gal Gadot also confirmed to star as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman.
“As fans around the world continue to embrace Diana Prince, driving the strong opening weekend performance of Wonder Woman 1984, we are excited to be able continue her story with our real life Wonder Women – Gal and Patty – who will return to conclude the long-planned theatrical trilogy,” Warner Bros. chairman Toby Emmerich said in a statement.
“Wonder Woman 1984” opened to $16.7 million at the box office, which easily won the weekend as theaters continue to struggle during the coronavirus pandemic. On HBO Max, the highly anticipated sequel with almost half of subscribers to the service viewing the movie on the day of its release with “millions more” streaming “Wonder Woman 1984” through HBO Max via cable, wireless or other partner services.
Based on the statement from Warner Bros, the third “Wonder Woman” film is expected to be the final in a planned trilogy, although that could always change depending on the interest from Jenkins and/or Gadot to return for another movie in the future.
The first “Wonder Woman” film earned over $1 billion at the global box office, which led to the studio ordering a sequel, which became “Wonder Woman 1984.”
The film was originally slated for a theatrical release earlier this year but the pandemic forced the studio to delay the opening several months. Eventually, Warner Bros. decided to release “Wonder Woman 1984” in theaters and on-demand through HBO Max on the same day with plans to do the same for every Warner Bros. film through 2021.
While the first “Wonder Woman” film received almost universal praise, the sequel hasn’t enjoyed quite the same critical success. The sequel is currently sitting at a 65 percent approval on Rotten Tomatoes versus 93 percent for the first film. Audience numbers are also down from 84 percent to 72 percent for “Wonder Woman 1984.”
You can read our review for “Wonder Woman 1984” here.