Patty Jenkins, the director of the two Wonder Woman movies starring Gal Gadot, has spoken out about the cancellation of Wonder Woman 3 by Warner Bros. reported on last week by The Hollywood Reporter.
Jenkins posted a statement on Twitter who claimed she “never walked away” from the project. Jenkins responded to a follow-up report from The Wrap alleging that Jenkins had refused to rework her treatment for the film after producers rejected it. The report said producers invited her to pitch again, but she dropped out rather than revise her ideas.
“This is simply not true,” Jenkins wrote in her statement. “I never ran away. I was open to anything that was asked of me. I understood that there was nothing I could do at the moment to move forward.
Jenkins blamed the corporate upheaval on Warner Bros., which is restructuring and downsizing production after its merger with Discovery, while also trying to reorganize DC film and TV under the new banner of DC Studios and its heads James Gunn and Peter Safran. “DC is clearly buried in changes they need to make, so I understand these decisions are hard right now,” she said.
Gunn offered tacit approval of Jenkins’s version of events. Responding to Jenkins’ tweethe said, “I can confirm that all my interactions with you and Peter have been nothing but pleasant and professional.”
Jenkins also set the record straight Rogue Squadron, the Star Wars movie she was going to make before it was pulled from Disney’s schedule. The film remains in active development, she said, though it’s not an absolute certainty that it will be made.
Jenkins explained that she originally left Rogue Squadron due to a schedule collision with Wonder Woman 3but that Lucasfilm had asked if she would come back and make it after the DC movie, to which she agreed.
“I originally left Rogue Squadron after a long and productive development process when it became clear it couldn’t happen soon enough and I didn’t want to delay WW3 onward,” she said. “When I did, Lucasfilm asked me to consider coming back RS after WW3, which I was honored to do, so I agreed. They made a new deal with me. In fact, I’m still working on it and that project has been in active development ever since. I don’t know if it will happen or not. We won’t do that until the development process is complete, but I look forward to the future potential.”
Presumably Rogue Squadron has a higher chance of getting back on track Wonder Woman 3 no longer on Jenkins’ schedule.
In her statement, Jenkins paid tribute to Wonder Woman fans, as well as to Gadot and Lynda Carter, the actress who portrayed the character on TV in the 1970s, and to the character of Wonder Woman herself. “Living in and around her values makes one a better person every day,” she said. “I wish her and her legacy a great future with or without me.”