Patty Jenkins has broken her silence after the news that she has parted ways with Warner Bros. for a sequel to 2020’s ‘Wonder Woman 1984’.
“I never ran away,” Jenkins shared in a after on Twitter. “I was open to anything that was asked of me. I understood that there was nothing I could do to move forward at this point. DC is clearly buried in changes they need to make, so I understand these decisions are tough right now.
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Jenkins’ statement comes nearly a week after news broke that Warner Bros. passed on her treatment for a third ‘Wonder Woman’ movie, sparking a flurry of speculation about what the news could mean about DC’s future. It also led to headlines suggesting that Jenkins had rejected attempts to reshape the film to fit the burgeoning plans for DC Studios by newly appointed chiefs James Gunn and Peter Safran.
In her statement, Jenkins said the story “simply isn’t true”: “I’m not one to talk about personal career matters, but I won’t allow inaccuracies to persist.”
About an hour after Jenkins posted her statement, Gunn supported her on Twitter and replied, “I can confirm that all my interactions with Peter and you have been nothing but pleasant and professional.”
In her statement, Jenkins also said that while she remains active in developing the “Star Wars” movie “Rogue Squadron,” she initially left the project after realizing that working on the movie would require a third “Wonder Woman movie would slow down.
“When I did, Lucasfilm asked me to consider coming back [“Rogue Squadron”] after [“Wonder Woman 3″], which I was honored to do, so I agreed,” Jenkins wrote. “They made a new deal with me. In fact, I’m still working on it and that project has been in active development ever since. I don’t know if it will happen or not. We won’t do that until the development process is complete, but I look forward to the future potential.”
Lucasfilm and Jenkins announced “Rogue Squadron” in December 2020; at the time, it was planned to be Lucasfilm’s first “Star Wars” feature film, following 2019’s “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” and was set to premiere in theaters in 2023. September.
However, Jenkins’ hopeful tone on “Rogue Squadron” contrasts with the rest of her statement, which reads like a farewell to the “Wonder Woman” franchise.
“I don’t want what has been a beautiful journey with WW to end on a negative note,” Jenkins wrote. “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.”
Along with fans of the film and her film crew, Jenkins paid tribute to actor Lynda Carter, who played the late 1970s TV superhero and had a cameo in “Wonder Woman 1984,” and to her star, Gal Gadot: “Where will I start? Gal is the greatest gift I have received in this entire journey. A dear friend, inspiration and sister.”
Here’s Jenkins’ full statement:
Sigh… I am not one to talk about private career matters, but I will not allow inaccuracies to persist. Here are the facts:
I originally left Rogue Squadron after a long and productive development process when it became clear it couldn’t happen soon enough and I didn’t want to delay WW3 any further. When I did, Lucasfilm asked me to consider returning to RS after WW3, which I felt honored to do, so I agreed. They made a new deal with me. In fact, I’m still working on it and that project has been in active development ever since. I don’t know if it will happen or not. We won’t do that until the development process is complete, but I look forward to the future potential.
As backlash began to emerge that WW3 was off, the attractive false clickbait story that it was me who killed it or ran away began to spread. This is simply not true. I never ran away. I was open to whatever was asked of me. I understood that there was nothing I could do to move forward at this point. DC is clearly buried in changes they need to make, so I understand these decisions are tough right now.
I don’t want what has been a nice journey with WW to end on 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.
Walking side by side with Lynda Carter, an absolute legend and beacon of goodness and light, was a thrill. I have learned so much from her and will always cherish her as a friend and mentor. My crew was like family and fought every day to give the world the best movies possible. And Gal… Gal Gadot. Where do I begin? Gal is the greatest gift I have received in this entire journey. A dear friend, inspiration and sister. There are no words I can use to express how magical she is. She is the walking embodiment of Wonder Woman in real life and a better person than the world can imagine. Never once in the millions of moments I’ve spent with her have I seen anything less. She is a gift to this world, and even more so to me.
Lastly, but most importantly, THANK YOU to the incredible WW fans and for all your love and support. Wonder Woman fans are often not the most visible in the media and online, but I want you to know that we have always seen and celebrated you and your importance. You were in our thoughts first and foremost every day we made the last two movies. You are the best and most loving people and I look forward to always celebrating you.
THANK YOU ALL for this wonderful journey. Stay in the mind of Wonder Woman. Every day you struggle, try to ask yourself: What would Wonder Woman do? I hope that her beacon of love, truth and justice is always there to show the way for you, as she did for me.
Angelique Jackson contributed to this report.
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