Gal Gadot could be playing Wonder Woman under the auspices of a new director. Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins recently spoke to The New York Times about the possibility of returning to the DC universe for Wonder Woman 3, and the future director of the Star Wars film Rogue Squadron made it pretty clear that she will not return if a certain demand is not met.
“We’ll see what happens. I really don’t know,” said Patty Jenkins. “I know that I’d love to do the third one if the circumstances were right and there was still a theatrical model possible. I don’t know that I would if there wasn’t.” It sounds like Gal Gadot would be looking at a new director for Wonder Woman 3 if Warner Bros. decides to move forward with their streaming release schedule that they have in place for their 2021 slate of movies. Granted, Wonder Woman 3 would very likely be a little way down the road, so we will have to wait and see what becomes of this new release strategy.
There is no denying that both Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins will have a busy schedule coming up in the next few years. In addition to directing Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, Patty Jenkins will be reteaming with Gal Gadot for their upcoming take on Cleopatra. That is likely to be an extravagant and heavy production. Exactly how enthusiastic the two will be to approach a third Wonder Woman film after that will be interesting to see. And with Jenkins also tapped to head off into a galaxy far, far away, the earliest we could even see Wonder Woman 3 releasing would be 2024. And at this point, there is no official greenlight for the sequel.
It would be a shame if Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot did not reunite for Wonder Woman 3. Wonder Woman 1984 is an absolute triumph (read our 5-star review) and allowing the two collaborators to close out a potential trilogy feels like the best way to leave this interpretation of the character. Obviously, we are going to have to see what happens with the rest of the DC cinematic universe. We know that The Flash will bring some multiverse wildness to the table, and who knows what the landscape of DC films will look like once that card has been played?
There is no denying that Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins have helped craft a defining version of Diana Prince a.k.a. Wonder Woman, and it would feel somewhat strange to see another major guiding figure step into the mix to finish out the story. It is not to say that this could not work to Wonder Woman 3‘s benefit. There are certainly a plethora of capable women directors who could do something really interesting with the property. And if that is how the series ends up going, we will be intrigued to see who they would pick to step in for Patty Jenkins. But, hopefully, the theatrical distribution model will be back on its feet by the time Wonder Woman 3 gets the greenlight and enters production.