Patty Jenkins Unsure If She’ll Direct ‘Wonder Woman 3’ Or ‘Amazons’ Spinoff, Has Hit Pause On Both Films

The continued “will they or won’t they” releases of Tenet and Mulan are an example of the chaos Hollywood is in right now. Wonder Woman 1984 has been a victim of it, as well, moving a couple of times to its current date in October 2020. But it doesn’t end there, and director Patty Jenkins has been forced to reconsider the future of the franchise in the pandemic’s wake.

Speaking with Total Film while doing press for Wonder Woman 1984, Jenkins talked about Wonder Woman 3 and the Amazons spinoff she’s attached to. While the story ideas for those films are pretty much already figured out, Jenkins says COVID-19 has forced her to reevaluate everything, including whether she directs either film…

“I’ve really hit the pause button [on ‘Wonder Woman 3’]. Because the truth is, where that plotline was coming from was our state of being six months ago. And so I want to make sure that I’m totally absorbing whatever the result of this pandemic is.”

“We’re not starting to work on [‘Wonder Woman 3’] right away. I’m hoping to do this ‘Amazon’ movie before we do the third ‘Wonder Woman.’ And I may not do either of them. You never know what will happen in this world, you know? But yes, I think the plotline will stay very similar, probably. But I want to make sure it’s influenced by all of this.”

As for Wonder Woman 1984, star Gal Gadot stressed how different it was from the hit 2017 movie, which took place during WWI while the sequel is in the 1980s. That’s given Diana a lot of time to grow and evolve as a hero…

“It’s totally of its own,” Gadot said. “It’s true. And I feel, in the first movie, a big thing that we played off was the naiveté of Diana. And she’s not naive anymore. She’s been around. She’s wiser. She’s more mature. We meet a very much evolved character in this one.”

Travis Hopson
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