Diana Prince is officially returning for at least a third sequel in Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman franchise. The studio made the official green light announcement just three days after Wonder Woman 1984 premiered simultaneously in theaters and on Warner’s HBO Max streaming service on Christmas Day. Both director Patty Jenkins and lead Gal Gadot are officially on board.
Warner Bros. said the third Wonder Woman movie will have a traditional theatrical release.
“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,” said Warner Bros. chief Toby Emmerich.
According to Variety: Though many opted to watch Wonder Woman 1984 at home, the film still generated surprisingly robust ticket sales — at least for pandemic times.
Wonder Woman 1984 collected $16.7 million from 2,100 North American theaters, the best opening weekend to date in the coronavirus era. In terms of HBO Max viewers, the studio said nearly half of the platform’s retail subscribers watched the film on Friday, with millions more viewing through cable or wireless access. HBO Max, which launched in May, currently has 12.6 million active users.
“Wonder Woman 1984 broke records and exceeded our expectations across all of our key viewing and subscriber metrics in its first 24 hours on the service, and the interest and momentum we’re seeing indicates this will likely continue well beyond the weekend,” said Andy Forssell, head of WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer business. “During these very difficult times, it was nice to give families the option of enjoying this uplifting film at home, where theater viewing wasn’t an option.”
Nothing is known yet about the final chapter in the Wonder Woman trilogy. The sequel, which had been delayed numerous times amid the pandemic, starred Kristen Wiig as the villainous Cheetah, Pedro Pascal as the over-the-top businessman Max Lord and Chris Pine as Diana’s love interest, Steve Trevor.
Gadot’s Wonder Woman will be seen next in Zack Snyder’s four-part cut of “Justice League,” due on HBO Max in 2021.