In a remarkable twist of fate, Gal Gadot is poise to reprise her role as Diana Prince in Wonder Woman 3—under the directorship of James Gunn and Peter Safran at DC Studios. Gadot’s future as Wonder Woman appeared grim when rumors circulated about Patty Jenkins’ departure, though the director later refuted these claims.
In an interview with ComicBook.com before the SAG-AFTRA strike, Gadot expressed her adoration for the character and disclosed conversations with both Gunn and Safran about returning for another sequel. The involvement of Jenkins remains uncertain, but that is a tale for another time. Equally ambiguous is whether this sequel will place Gadot in Gunn’s new DC Universe, alongside his new Superman and Lois Lane, or if it will be an Elseworlds adventure, akin to The Batman and Joker sequels. Gadot clarified:
“I take great delight in portraying Wonder Woman. She holds a special place in my heart. From what I gathered from James and Peter, we shall jointly shape a Wonder Woman 3.”
Gadot continued to grace DC projects as Wonder Woman even after Wonder Woman 3’s alleged cancellation, making cameo appearances as the warrior princess from the island of Themyscira in Shazam! Fury of the Gods and The Flash, both of which premiered earlier this year. Contrary to rumors, Gunn never officially confirmed Gadot’s removal from DC, and he refuted claims that she had been “dismiss” from the role. “I’m uncertain where you got the notion that we “dismissed” Gal,” Gunn stated back in December.
A Phenomenal Box Office Success
Debuted in 2017, the first Wonder Woman film garnered immense acclaim from critics and audiences alike, becoming—at the time—the highest-grossing superhero origin movie of all time, raking in an impressive $822.8 million. Prior to its release, fans had reservations, given the lukewarm reception of Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Gal Gadot’s limited leading experience. Gadot’s cameo in Dawn of Justice was regard as a highlight in an otherwise somber film, making Wonder Woman a pioneering accomplishment in modern comic book cinema, preceding the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s ventures.
However, the sequel, Wonder Woman 1984, faced a more mixed response. Released during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, it undoubtedly encountered significant challenges. Despite this, the film’s critical and commercial reception was not as unanimous as its predecessor, resulting in a notable disappointment considering the success of the original. Nonetheless, Gadot’s portrayal of Diana Prince has always been warmly embraced, and fans of the character are undoubtedly pleased that she will appear in at least one more film, even if it ultimately serves as a final farewell. Stay tuned to Collider for further updates on Wonder Woman 3.