Warner Bros has announced that Wonder Woman 3 is being fast-tracked and both Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins will return. This news comes as the $16.7M domestic opening takes the film up to $85M worldwide, and the film’s box office take dropped 92% in its second week in theaters in China after a less than stellar opening weekend.
Toby Emmerich, Chairman of Warner Bros. Picture Group said, “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 to continue her story with our real life Wonder Women – Gal and Patty – who will return to conclude the long-planned theatrical trilogy,”
However, Screenrant mentions that the early reviews are quickly becoming the exception rather than the rule:
One tricky thing about early reviews – studios will typically invite people who are particularly excited to see the film early, potentially inflating initial reception. This could account for the film’s lukewarm reception once it was available to general audiences. Wonder Woman 1984 also lost its Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, indicating a stark difference between early reactions and the general public’s response.
Looks like Warner Bros. doesn’t have that Disney money to prevent those kinds of drops.
Meanwhile, it was also reported that nearly half of HBO Max’s subscriber platform has already watched the film that debuted at 9 AM PST on Christmas day. Friday also shows their total daily viewing hours nearly triple. And that was with all the technical issues the service had with Roku users and some 4K streaming problems.
It seems that whatever the execs at the WB needed to see in the first 48-hours of domestic release was enough to move forward with the planned trilogies final act. Jenkins in previous interviews said that the third film would be in a modern setting, post Justice League. Who will be the new villains? Will Lynda Carter appear again? Will they find a way to bring back Chris Pine? Will the third installment be like the first, or will it suck like ‘1984’?
Let the speculation begin.