While the future for DC appears to be bright with James Gunn at the helm, fans won’t get another Wonder Woman movie. At least not in this iteration. Recent reports indicate that DC Studios is not moving forward with Wonder Woman 3. The studio is set to reveal its future multi-year plan for the franchise next week with Gunn and Peter Safran. This doesn’t mean we won’t see another Wonder Woman movie, but it’s not happening for now.
WW3 was set to be directed by Patty Jenkins, who headed the series' first two films. The first movie was a big hit, and things were looking up for the franchise, with Justice League coming out shortly after. Unfortunately, the second Wonder Woman film was not good. DC had a ton of story turnover recently and problems with the direction of the DCEU.
If that wasn’t enough change for you, an extensive report by The Hollywood Reporter claims there is much more going on behind the scenes in the land of Warner Brothers Discovery.
- The upcoming Aquaman sequel, due at the end of 2024, might be the last time we see Jason Momoa portray Arthur Curry. However, Momoa’s DC days might not necessarily be over. There are rumors of the actor starting another franchise — perhaps the off-kilter bounty hunter Lobo which would be right up James Gunn’s alley.
- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson recently touted that Black Adam made a profit during its theatrical run. However, according to the report, it doesn’t seem like a Black Adam sequel is in the cards. There are a plethora of questions regarding this potential decision. Is The Rock coming back to play the character at all now? What is going on with the Justice League of America? Will they still progress in the Gunn/Safran universe? This brings us to the next bullet point.
- That Man of Steel sequel? Well...it looks like it’s not going to happen. Many fans rejoiced when Henry Cavill showed up in the post-credits scene of Black Adam and then later sent a message to fans that he was indeed coming back to dawn the blue cape once again. (Cavill even went as far as leaving The Witcher). There were talks of writer and director pitches happening, but now it seems as though Man of Steel 2 is in jeopardy. So, why let Cavill make that announcement in the first place?
All this change comes right before DC is due to release four theatrical projects in 2024, including Shazam! Fury of the Gods, The Flash, Blue Beetle, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. The convergence point of this big DC reboot seems to be swirling around Flash, where the likes of Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton versions of Batman, and multiple iterations of The Flash himself will be present. We are all aware of the much-troubled history of Ezra Miller, but will he be back? Everything is up in the air.
The only certainties, for now, are that Matt Reeves will continue to grow his own separate Batverse, and a Joker sequel with Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga is on the way in 2024. If there is one thing for sure with some of these moves is that Gunn and Safran want to start fresh. That may mean 2023 is the last we see of the remnants of the Snyderverse. Or does it? You never know with DC.