Following the release of Wonder Woman 1984 on Christmas Day, Warner Bros. has announced Wonder Woman 3 is in development. The studio confirmed Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins will return.
The news follows the hybrid launch of Wonder Woman 1984, which was released on HBO Max and in 2,100 theaters across North America. According to Warner Bros. chairman Toby Emmerich, the film earned $16.7 million over the holiday weekend, bringing its worldwide tally to $85 million. Considering the circumstances of its release, that’s a pretty respectable return.
Emmerich added that nearly half of all HBO Max subscribers watched Wonder Woman 1984 on its launch day. Viewing hours on HBO Max apparently tripled on December 25 compared to a typical day.
In an exceptionally challenging year, Wonder Woman 1984 was a welcome reprieve. It’s nice to hear Warner Bros. is still committed to the character and the DCEU as a whole. No details about Wonder Woman 3 have been revealed, so it’s unclear what direction the next film will go next, but there are many other decades to explore.
It will probably be a while before Wonder Woman 3 hits theaters (or HBO Max, or both). It was recently announced director Patty Jenkins would be directing Star Wars: Rogue Squadron for Disney, which is set to be released in 2023. She’s also directing Cleopatra, which is scheduled for a 2022 release.
Meanwhile, the DCEU already has a full slate of films, including The Suicide Squad in 2021, The Flash in 2022, and more. Not to mention there’s a standalone Batman film starring Robert Pattinson on the way, although that doesn’t technically fit into the DCEU.
As we wait for more DCEU films to be released, HBO Max subscribers will get plenty more content in 2021, with Warner Bros. announcing plans to release its entire theatrical lineup simultaneously on the streaming platform. That include The Suicide Squad, Matrix 4, and Godzilla vs. Kong.