WW84 Director On Sequel's Third Anniversary: "I Love That You Are Thinking Of It As A Christmas Movie Now"

WW84 Director On Sequel's Third Anniversary: "I Love That You Are Thinking Of It As A Christmas Movie Now" WW84 Director On Sequel's Third Anniversary: "I Love That You Are Thinking Of It As A Christmas Movie Now"

Three years after it first arrived on HBO Max, Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins has commented on the divisive DC sequel's lasting impact and status as a Christmas movie...

By MarkCassidy - Dec 26, 2023 10:12 AM EST
Filed Under: Wonder Woman 1984

Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman 1984 made its streaming debut on HBO Max (it's since dropped the HBO) On Christmas Day three years ago, and the filmmaker has responded to a fan who reached out to celebrate the sequel's anniversary on Twitter.

Despite mostly positive initial reactions, WW84 was widely panned by critics and fans alike when it was released, but it seems the movie does still have its share of loyal supporters.

In her response, Jenkins says she loves "that you and others are thinking of it as a Christmas movie now. It was to us, and I hope it brings joy in another dark year, for those that watch it."

Jenkins was all set to return to helm a third Wonder Woman movie, and had reportedly completed her script. Things changed when (or before, depending on who you believe) James Gunn and Peter Safran took over as co-heads of DC Studios, however, and the threequel was shelved.

According to one report, the initial plan was to move forward with the project under the DCU banner, but it was actually Jenkins who decided to walk away after "receiving notes on the treatment she submitted to the studio." It seems WB higher-ups weren't completely sold on her pitch, which was said to contain "character arc problems which rivalled that of Wonder Woman 1984."

"Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy had concerns about the treatment before Safran and Gunn weighed in," claimed Deadline. "The group provided notes. Jenkins fought back and defended her vision that the threequel’s character arcs were solid. Jenkins was given the opportunity for another pass, but opted to walk."

More recently, star Gal Gadot claimed that Wonder Woman 3 was still happening without Jenkins.

"I had a meeting with (DC Studios CEOs) Peter Safran and James Gunn, and they both told me that they're going to develop a third Wonder Woman with me," the Heart of Stone star told USA Today. "They said, 'You're in the best hands, you've got nothing to worry about.' Time will tell."

Gunn didn't weigh in on Gadot's comments, but a trade report would later clarify that Wonder Woman 3 was not currently in the works, and it doesn't sound like there are plans in place for Gadot to reprise the role in the DCU.

There are no current plans (as far as we know, at least) for any incarnation of Wonder Woman in the first chapter of the DCU slate, "Gods and Monsters," but a Max TV series titled Paradise Lost is in development that will focus on “a Game of Thrones-type story about Themyscira.”

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santoanderson - 12/26/2023, 10:31 AM
People are still thinking about this movie?
soberchimera - 12/26/2023, 10:35 AM
She should've gotten the screenwriter from the first movie for this...
Deklipz - 12/26/2023, 10:36 AM
Nobody considers this a Christmas movie and most people seem to want to forget it was ever even a thing.
lazlodaytona - 12/26/2023, 10:36 AM
I liked Gadot as WW, but the old rule must move on. Gadot doesn't fit the age range as the rest of the main characters and 84 was simply a bomb.
They'll cast a great actress for WW, give her an even better intro film, and have her seamlessly join the JL. Gunn, and who he choses to pick for a director, will do a great job. It's just, patience is key.
MarkCassidy - 12/26/2023, 10:36 AM
I didn't hate this movie... or at least, I felt parts of it worked. Others were awful.
Th3Batman - 12/26/2023, 10:40 AM
The only superhero movie that counts as a Christmas movie is the great Batman Returns.
bobevanz - 12/26/2023, 10:41 AM
@Th3Batman - Iron Man 3 is the only other movie I can think of that has christmas themes
Slotherin - 12/26/2023, 2:42 PM
@bobevanz - glad you mentioned it because it breaks my heart to see Disney+ not acknowledge it.
Slotherin - 12/26/2023, 3:07 PM
@Th3Batman - I'd go ahead and count Shazam
Deadinside - 12/26/2023, 4:19 PM
@Slotherin -
@Th3Batman -
@bobevanz -

Okay, so, we have Batman Returns, Iron Man 3 & Shazam...any others that could be included in a Christmas Superhero movie marathon?☮🤷‍♂️
WarMonkey - 12/27/2023, 5:47 AM
@Deadinside - Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special.
Slotherin - 12/27/2023, 9:35 AM
@WarMonkey -
@Deadinside -
@Th3Batman -

Definitely needs to go on the marathon.
With it being a very intentional holiday special and not a full-length feature film, I wasn't sure if we were counting that.
Deadinside - 12/27/2023, 10:20 AM
@WarMonkey - I've never seen it, so I wasn't sure about it!☮👍
Th3Batman - 12/27/2023, 10:29 AM
@Slotherin - No way home had a Christmas ending...does it count ? I guess it can be watched a few days before Christmas.
Slotherin - 12/27/2023, 10:55 AM
@Th3Batman - I wasn't sure what to make of it. The very end is at Christmas and it has magic, so there's that, but the majority of the film seems to be just after Halloween and doesn't do much to acknowledge Christmas or have a holiday theme.

You could fit it in there for sure but you could leave it out just the same since it's really just the epilogue that's at Christmas.
WarMonkey - 12/28/2023, 5:39 AM
@Slotherin - Defiantly not a feature length film BUT it does connect the MCU to the Go-Bot Universe so that has to count for something LOL
Kurban - 12/26/2023, 10:43 AM
Cause when I think about Christmas, I think about the normalization of male rape, for sure…
JobinJ - 12/26/2023, 3:38 PM
@Kurban - nobody was normalizing male rape you dork ass.
Kurban - 12/28/2023, 4:13 AM
@JobinJ - Yes it was [frick]wit
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