“As fans around the world continue to embrace Diana Prince, driving the strong opening weekend performance of Wonder Woman 1984, we are excited to be able continue her story with our real life Wonder Women – Gal and Patty – who will return to conclude the long-planned theatrical trilogy,” said Warner Bros. Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich said in a statement.
The announcement of Wonder Woman 3 certainly comes at an interesting time: while Wonder Woman 1984 is currently exceeding WarnerMedia’s expectations on HBO Max (it also made $16.7M, a pandemic high), the reception from both critics and audiences alike seems to indicate that the sequel is a major step down from the 2017 original. We certainly did, as we noted in our review that seemingly everything we loved about Wonder Woman is non-existent in the latest entry.
Given the progression of Diana Prince in the franchise thus far — the original Wonder Woman took place during World War I, while WW84 very obviously took place in 1984 — it stands to reason that the third and likely final Wonder Woman film will take place in the present day of the DCEU, which opens the door for the film to feature other DC heroes.
As for when we’ll see Wonder Woman 3, it likely won’t be until at least 2024 or 2025, as Jenkins is currently set to direct the next Star Wars film — titled Rogue Squadron — which is due out Christmas 2023, and a Cleopatra film with Gadot in the titular role. Once those projects are complete, production on Wonder Woman 3 will begin.