Gal Gadot Still Returning For Wonder Woman 3?
It’s getting tougher and tougher to figure out what’s going on with Wonder Woman 3. Shortly after we heard that Gal Gadot would hang up her lasso, there have been contrary reports that the sequel to Wonder Woman 1984 might still go ahead. Despite the dramatic change in leadership at DC, it seems that the new bosses, James Gunn and Peter Safran, may forge ahead with the original plans for Diana of Themyscira.
The series’ original writer, Patty Jenkins, reportedly left after being asked to completely rewrite her script for Wonder Woman 3. This came after she had apparently already rewritten the script. It was believed that Gal Gadot wouldn’t appear in Wonder Woman 3 as a result. However, if the latest reports are to be believed, the series’ new path may still star Gadot, if she’s willing to take the part.
The new film, regardless of whether Gal Gadot takes part, would reportedly take Wonder Woman in a new direction. Now that Gunn and Safran are at the helm, they reportedly are looking to keep the series in line with the rest of the DC Universe as they reshape it to their vision. This would include what could be a soft reboot of the Wonder Woman series, focusing on Diana’s presence as a hero in the modern age in contrast to the previous movies’ focus on her adventures in different time periods.
When it comes to bringing Diana’s heroics to the big screen, Wonder Woman 3’s apparent production troubles are nothing new. Before Gal Gadot starred in the 2017 Wonder Woman film, (becoming what many consider the best DC Universe film) attempts to get a film about Wonder Woman off the ground never seemed to work out. While Wonder Woman had a TV series and a film in the 1970s, she had since all but disappeared from films and television.
Wonder Woman appeared in several animated shows, and the now-disgraced writer/director Joss Whedon wrote a script in 2006 for a possible film that he had hoped to direct. That project failed to materialize, though perhaps the franchise dodged a bullet by losing out on the reportedly-misogynistic creator’s vision.
Eventually, Gal Gadot gave audiences their first tease of a live-action Wonder Woman when her character appeared in 2016’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. While that movie was a mixed bag, the first solo Wonder Woman film gained near-unanimous praise, even if Joss Whedon’s subpar Justice League film put a slight dent in the character’s reputation.
Unfortunately, Gal Gadot’s second solo movie, Wonder Woman 1984, failed to live up to the original. The disappointing sequel received a 58% Rotten Tomatoes score, compared to the 93% the original made. The box office returns were also disappointing, only bringing in $170 million worldwide compared to the original’s $823 million. However, Wonder Woman 1984 was released during the COVID-19 pandemic, so it’s hard to tell how successful the film would have been under normal circumstances.
As news out of the DC Universe seems to always be in flux these days, only time will tell whether Gal Gadot will appear in the next Wonder Woman.