James Gunn continues to spark headlines as he once again sets the record straight on Wonder Woman’s DCU future, but questions still remain about the casting choice.
Shortly after Gunn and Peter Safran took over as co-chairs of the revamped DC Studios, they announced they are working on a 10-year plan for their shared universe. There’s no denying that the former DCEU was in disarray behind the scenes.
In the same article, Variety noted that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had ruffled quite a few feathers on his way to get Black Adam to the screen. That included going around several of the high-powered Warner Bros. executives on his way to bringing back Henry Cavill as Superman for that now-infamous cameo.
Fast forward to November 2022, and Cavill was handed his walking papers, but he may not be the only one we won’t see in the near future. Citing a three-year rather than 10-year plan, Variety noted, “As 2023 kicks off, DC bosses Gunn and Safran continue to sift through the rubble and will soon reveal their three-year interconnected vision for the cinematic universe, which won’t include Cavill’s Superman or Wonder Woman at all.”
However, Gunn did what he does best and headed over to Twitter to shut down the rumors, writing, “I hereby debunk this rumor (only because it’s not true).”
While that settles the debate about Wonder Woman’s place in the DC Gunn-verse, there’s still the question of whether or not the role will be recast. If he’s willing to get rid of Cavill, that puts a bullseye on anyone.
We all know that Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 1984 writer/director Patty Jenkins has made no qualms about her beef with Warner Bros. Discovery. After she left Wonder Woman 3 and the movie was axed, the rumors began to circulate, with Jenkins joining the fray with several spicy tweets of her own.
The real fallout was centered on Wonder Woman herself, Gadot.
After Cavill made his exit from the Superman role, it left the entire 2017 Justice League cast in doubt. The only thing we know for sure is that Cavill won’t be back as the Man of Steel, but the speculation is that Jason Momoa could be trading Aquaman for Lobo. There’s also an indication that Ben Affleck is done with Batman, and Gunn has confirmed that he’s spoken with Affleck about hopping into the director’s chair. Then there’s Gadot, where the waters are murky at best.
When word spread that Wonder Woman 3 had been canceled, it immediately raised questions about Gadot’s place in the DCU’s new direction. It would seem that Gunn is moving away from the Snyder-verse, and most fans saw this as the writing on the wall for her exit. Yet, he made a comment on Twitter that suggested she might not be out after all.
Just when we were thinking that Gadot was still Wonder Woman, today’s report paints a different picture. Leaving Wonder Woman out of the mix, even if only for the first three years, would have been a shocking development, indeed. Now our attention returns to Gadot and whether or not she will play Diana once again.