Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman 3 Might Become an Elseworlds Story

DC's new era doesn't want to make space for heroes of the olden days.
Published On September 13, 2023

Gal Gadot might never get a Wonder Woman 3, and we just have to live with that. Photo via Warner Bros. Pictures

Born from the brain of Harvard-trained psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston in 1941, Wonder Woman was meant to “set up a standard among children and young people of strong, free, courageous womanhood and to combat the idea that women are inferior to men;” an idea that Gal Gadot brilliantly breathed life into with 2017’s “Wonder Woman.” Following it up was 2020’s “Wonder Woman 1984,” which director (and writer) Patty Jenkins set in the Cold War era to represent “mankind at their most extreme and at their best.”

Gadot quickly cemented herself as a key player during the Zack Snyder era — with the first Wonder Woman film breaking records while being under overwhelming pressure.

Warner Bros. began negotiations for the second film immediately after the success of Wonder Woman, and a third film seemed inevitable. However, Gadot’s future as the golden-tiara-bearing Amazon has since been shrouded in uncertainty, courtesy of James Gunn’s vision for the DCU.

While director Patty Jenkins has clarified that she “never walked away” from Wonder Woman 3, the possibility of another sequel seems bleak — with no immediate plans for any Wonder Woman project other than the upcoming “Paradise Lost” prequel series.

Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot at the 2016 SDCC for "Wonder Woman."

Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con for “Wonder Woman.”

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Gunn previously mentioned how “The Flash” would “reset the entire DC universe,” while “Blue Beetle” and the Aquaman sequel would smoothly transition into the new DCU. The message seemed pretty clear at the time — Wonder Woman 3 wasn’t moving forward, at least not under its previous vision.

Gadot, however, told Comicbook.com “From what I heard from James and from Peter is that we’re gonna develop a Wonder Woman 3 together.”

What followed was an interview with Flaunt magazine, where Gadot talked about her recent conversation with Gunn and Safran about the future of Wonder Woman. “You’re in the best hands. We’re going to develop Wonder Woman 3 with you. [We] love you as Wonder Woman— you’ve got nothing to worry about,” she quoted.

  • The Amazon had a pivotal cameo in “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” and even appeared in the cameo-laden “The Flash” despite previous reports.
  • James Gunn has previously responded to the sacking of upcoming Wonder Woman projects stating “I’m not sure where you’re getting that we ‘booted’ Gal.”

Of course, even if a third Wonder Woman film was to be made, big changes would be needed. As a glimmer of hope, Gunn has acknowledged that Xolo Maridueña’s “Blue Beetle” will reprise his role in future films — indicating that not all ties to the past will be forgotten.

With “Superman: Legacy” already slated as the first movie under the new DCU, the studio could have Gadot appear alongside the non-canon “Elseworlds” characters — joining Robert Pattinson’s Batman and Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker.

What currently seems like a flurry of denials could turn into something reassuring, but Gadot’s immediate future as Wonder Woman remains up in the air.

If anything, the Barbie movie’s monumental summer makes the case for female-led films — where Gadot has strongly been paving her way. The actress already has her hands tied with a Cleopatra film as she reunites with Jenkins as well as her role as the Evil Queen in Snow White.