Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins has addressed the rumors surrounding the cancellation of production on the third installment in the DC series, saying that she “will not allow the inaccuracies to continue.”
The American director, who directed 2017’s Wonder Woman and its 2020 sequel, said she didn’t want the series’ “beautiful journey” to “land in the negative.”
Reports that DC has canceled production on the film, which was set to have Gal Gadot reprise her role as the female superhero, surfaced earlier this week.
It comes as Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, who has taken the helm of DC, said his first month of restructuring his franchise has “worked” but that he and his team are “just getting started” head” of their work.
In a lengthy statement on Twitter, Jenkins acknowledged that the franchise was “buried in changes” and needed to make tough decisions.
She wrote: “As the backlash about World War 3 didn’t happen, the fascinating false story about clickbait that I either killed it or left it started going viral.
“It’s simply wrong. I never walked away. I was open to considering whatever was asked of me. To the best of my knowledge, there’s nothing I can do to move forward at this time.
“DC is clearly buried in the changes they have to make, so I understand these decisions are difficult right now.”
She added: “I don’t want the great journey with WW to be negative. I love and am honored to be the creator of these last two Wonder Woman movies.
“She is an incredible character. Living in and around her values makes one a better person every day. I wish her and her legacy a great future ahead, with or without me.”
Jenkins went on to praise Gadot and actress Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman in the original series in 1975, describing her as “an absolute legend and beacon of kindness and light”.
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She also thanked Wonder Woman fans for their “love and support”, telling them they were “first and foremost on our minds every day as we made the two the last movie”.
“Wonder Woman fans don’t usually make the most of the media and online, but I want you to know that we always see and honor you and how important you are.”
Jenkins rose to fame with the 2003 film Monster, which earned Charlize Theron the Academy Award for Best Actress.
She went on to become the first female director of an American studio superhero film with the first installment of Wonder Woman in 2017.
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