Patty Jenkins finally speaks out about Wonder Woman 3 after its official cancellation.
It all started on December 7th when it was announced Patty Jenkins version of Wonder Woman 3 was not moving forward after she submitted a treatment to Warners leadership. DC Studios decided to move in a different direction under the leadership of James Gunn and Peter Safran.
In a statement shared on her Twitter, Jenkins began her statement writing, “Sigh…I’m not one to take about private career matters, but I will not allow inaccuracies to continue. Here are the facts.”
“When there started being backlash about WW3 not happening, the attractive clickbait false story that it was me that killed it or walked away started to spread,” she wrote. “This is simply not true. I never walked away. I was open to considering anything asked of me. It was my understanding that there was nothing I could do to move anything forward at this time. DC is obviously buried in changes they are having to make, so I understand these decisions are difficult right now.”
She continued, “I do not want what has been a beautiful journey with WW to land on negative note. I have loved and been so honored to be the person who got to make these last two Wonder Woman films. She is an incredible character. Living in and around her values makes one a better person every day. I wish her and her legacy an amazing future ahead, with or without me.”
Jenkins went on to praise “absolute legend” Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot, whom she called “the greatest gift I have received in this whole journey. A cherished friend, inspiration, and sister. There are no words I can use to convey how magical she is. She is the walking embodiment of Wonder Woman in real life and a better person than the world can imagine. Never once in the millions of moments I have spent with her did I see anything less. She is a gift to this world, and even more so, to me.”
Jenkins came to prominence with 2003’s Monster, which earned Charlize Theron a best actress Oscar. After spending years in the world of television, she became a top director with Wonder Woman, the groundbreaking 2017 film that was the first studio superhero movie to star a woman. The film earned acclaim and 822.8 million globally. She went on to direct Wonder Woman 1984, which in 2020 was released day-and-date on HBO Max amid the pandemic and received lukewarm views.
In the statement, Jenkins reveals that Rogue Squadron is still under active development, and she remains attached to the project as its director. Despite saying she couldn’t guarantee it would happen or not, she states she looks forward to seeing it develop over time.
I originally left Rogue Squadron after a long and productive development process when it became clear it couldn’t happen soon enough and I did not want to delay Wonder Woman 3 any further. When I did, Lucasfilm asked me to consider coming back to Rogue Squadron after WW3, which I was honored to do, so I agreed. They made a new deal with me. In fact, I am still on it and that project has been in active development ever since. I don’t know if it will happen or not. We never do until the development process is complete, but I look forward to its potential ahead.
Jenkins had previously spoken of the progress being made on the film back in July 2021, saying that the project was motoring along nicely and that was excited to see it come to fruition.
“I had been on it already for six months before I even announced that, so we’re pretty deep into it. We’re finishing a script, crewing up, and it’s all going wonderful. I’m so excited about the story and excited that we’re in the next chapter of ‘Star Wars, which is such a responsibility and such an opportunity to really start some new things. It’s really exciting in that way.”
Wonder Woman 3 is one of several projects Jenkins had been developing that she no longer is attached to direct, including a Cleopatra movie starring Gadot.