Not too long ago, the DCEU was floundering. Man of Steel and Batman V Superman are both divisive films that underperformed at the global box office. The same can be said about David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. And when all hope seemed lost, Petty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman hit the big screens and shook the entire landscape of the DCEU. The superhero war film is a heart-pounding, emotional, goosebumps-inducing piece of cinema (apart from the visually messy and noisy climactic battle) that broke the bank, and unanimously pleased both fans and critics.
This year, will see the release of its sequel, Wonder Woman 1984, which I’m totally hyped about, especially since Patty Jenkins is back at the helm. In fact, Jenkins previously confirmed that she will also be back to direct Wonder Woman 3. However, in an interview with German magazine, Geek (via ComingSoon), that the third instalment will probably be her final rodeo in the franchise.
“WW84 gave me a chance to do a lot of things that I couldn’t accommodate in the first movie. I was so happy to tell the Wonder Woman origin story. It was almost her birth, but we really haven’t seen what she is capable of. It is exciting for me to show her at the peak of her strength. But it is also very important that she fights an internal struggle: she is a Goddess and tries to help humanity. She is not only someone who fights evil, she tries to show bad people how to improve. It’s an interesting dilemma. The next one is probably my last Wonder Woman movie, so I have to put everything I want to show there. We have to think carefully.”
While nothing is confirmed just yet, as it stands, this is a bittersweet piece of news. The franchise and its fans will certainly miss Jenkins’ vision and craftsmanship, but at the same time, it’s also incredibly exciting to see what the talented director does next.