James Gunn Responds to News About ‘Wonder Woman 3’ Cancellation, Shook DC

Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. (Photo: Warner Bros.)

There has been a palpable level of excitement in the air among comic book fans since the October announcement that James Gunn, the architect of Marvel’s success Guardians of the Galaxy series that has also brought its own irreverent touch to DC properties such as The suicide squad And Pacifier – was named co-president of DC Studios alongside veteran producer Peter Safran.

DC was finally, long last will have a visionary in place (see longtime Marvel cap Kevin Feige) to create a cohesive roadmap for Warner Bros.’ wildly inconsistent superhero universe?

It will take years to knowbut Gunn’s honeymoon hit a rough patch on Wednesday with fierce fan backlash to a story of The Hollywood Reporter which states that DC is increasing by a third Wonder Woman film directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot. (Update: The casing reported Thursday that Jenkins left the project after rejecting studio notes from Warner Bros. — not Gunn and Safran — about a treatment he delivered.)

The DAY the article also cited rumors that DC’s new leadership could officially close the door to the Snyderverse, deleting a long-running rumor Man of Steel 2 (which would be all the more surprising considering Henry Cavill’s much-heralded return to the role in Black Adam) and setting the driven Jason Momoa Aquaman series after that of next December Aquaman and the lost kingdom. He also wonders if DC will invite Dwayne Johnson back for more action in light of the recent reports Black Adam is struggling to break even.

Gunn responded to the report — and seemingly backlash — with a series of tweets on Thursday.

“So. As for yesterday’s story in [The Hollywood Reporter]partly true, partly true, half true, partly not true, [and] we haven’t quite decided yet whether that’s true or not,” Gunn wrote, clearly trying to appease overzealous fans in his mentions, while also clearly not being able to show much of his hand just a few weeks after his new mandate.

“While this first month at DC has been fruitful, building the next ten years of history takes time and we’re only just getting started,” Gunn continued. “Peter [and] I chose to run DC Studios knowing we were entering a contentious environment, both in the stories that were being told [and] in the audience itself [and] there was going to be an inevitable transitional period as we moved on to tell a coherent story across film, TV, animation and games.

“But, in the end, the drawbacks of that transitional period were dwarfed by the creative possibilities [and] the opportunity to build on what has worked so far in DC [and] to help fix what it doesn’t have. We know we won’t make every single person happy every step of the way, but we can promise that everything we do is done in service of HISTORY [and] in the service of DC CHARACTERS we know you love and we have loved all our lives. As for further answers on the future of the DCU, sadly I’ll have to ask you to wait. We are giving these characters and stories time [and] attention they deserve [and] We ourselves still have many more questions to ask and answer.

James Gunn at San Diego Comic-Con International in July.  (Photo: Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)

James Gunn at San Diego Comic-Con International in July. (Photo: Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)

With their new high-profile assignments, Gunn and Safran are surely between a rock and a hard place when it comes to a number of decisions they’ll have to make over the coming months and years.

Since the advent of what is considered the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), there really has been a lot that has worked and a lot more that hasn’t.

Four of the first five DCEU releases, Man of Steel (2013), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide squad (2016) e Justice League (2017), are generally considered super clunkers. But some of these, especially the Zack Snyder-directed films, still have loyal and fierce followings among the DC faithful. It has never been more evident than in the #ReleaseTheSynderCut social media campaign, which famously led to the release of the beloved director’s cut, Zack Snyder’s Justice Leagueon HBO Max in 2021.

The only film from that first batch that was both a critical and commercial success was 2017’s Wonder Womanthough that breakthrough success was followed up by the much less well-received sequel Wonder Woman 1984 (2020).

The other five DCEU entries released since Justice LeagueAquaman (2018), Shazam! (2019), Birds of prey (2020), directed by Gunn The suicide squad (2021) and Black Adam (2022) – have been a mixed big. Perhaps the studio’s biggest hits: the 2019 Academy Award winner Joker and in March The Batman — exist, as of now, in their own separate universes.

Gunn and Safran will also have to govern next June’s release The flashwhich was marred by controversy due to a troubling behavior pattern and arrests of its star Ezra Miller, not to mention lingering anger over the shelving of the planned HBO Max film Bad girl.

So, yeah, these guys have their work cut out for them. But only time will tell truth from fiction.

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