Gal Gadot wasn’t “booted up” from Wonder Woman role, James Gunn clarifies

'Wonder Woman 1984'

‘Wonder Woman 1984’

WARNER BROS/Moviestore/Shutterstock Enter Gal Gadot Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

Gal Gadot has not been cast from her Wonder Woman role, according to newly appointed DC Studios decision maker James Gunn.

After Gunn and producer Peter Safran were named DC Studios’ new co-CEOs in October, updates came this month on some of their changes for the future of the comic book properties. Except for confirmation that Gadot’s Justice League costar Henry Cavill no longer plays Superman, there were reports of that too Wonder Woman 3a planned conclusion to her standalone trilogy was cancelled.

Gunn, 56, responded Monday to an individual in the comments section of his Instagram post claiming that he and Safran had “made the move to start up Cavill and Gadot,” which “instills no confidence” in the future of the DC Universe .

Wrote Gunn, “I’m not sure where you’re getting that we ‘booted’ Gal.”

A Gadot representative did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Days for notifications of Wonder Woman 3‘s unclear future, Gadot, 37, wrote on social media that she “can’t wait to share her next chapter” of the character with fans. She added: “I’ve been so grateful for the chance to play such an incredible, iconic character and most of all I’m grateful to YOU. The fans. The most amazing, warm, loving fans in the world. I’m still me squeeze to see if I’ll wake up.”

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Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot

Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot

Clay Enos/Warner Bros./Courtesy Everett Collection Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot on the set of Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

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Gunn previously responded to reports about the future of the Wonderwoman movie franchise, tweeting that “some of it is true, some of it is semi-true, some of it isn’t true, and some of it we haven’t decided yet whether it’s true or not.” Multiple outlets reported that a script treatment from Patty Jenkins, the director who made the previous two Wonderwoman movies, was denied by the new executives.

Jenkins, 51, subsequently broke her silence on the reports, clarifying that she “never walked away” from the project and was “open to considering anything that was asked of me”.

She added: “I don’t want what has been a beautiful journey with WW to come to land [a] negative note. I loved and am so honored to be the person who got to make 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 with or without me.”

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In his statement this week, Gunn said he and Safran “knew” there would be “a certain minority of people online who could be loud and unkind to say the least” as they reshape the DC Universe.

“Our choices for the DCU are based on what we believe is best for the story and what’s best for the DC characters who have been around for nearly 85 years. Maybe these choices are great, maybe they aren’t, but they were made with sincere hearts and integrity & always with the story in mind,” wrote Gunn, who directed the film Guardians of the Universe movies for Marvel Studios, as well as the 2021 DC movie The suicide squad.

“Nobody likes to be harassed or yelled at, but to be honest, we’ve been through much worse. Disrespectful outrage will never, ever influence our actions,” he added. “We were aware that there was going to be a period of turbulence when we took on this gig, and we knew that sometimes we would have to make difficult and not-so-obvious choices, especially in the wake of the tricky nature of what we But this means little to us compared to our jobs as artists and administrators in helping create a broad and wonderful future for DC.

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