Wonder Woman 3: In a statement, chairman Toby Emmerich said that Warner Bros. has fast-tracked development on another instalment in the DC Comics franchise.
Here is big news for all Wonder Woman fans out there. Just two days after the release of Wonder Woman 1984 in theatres and HBO Max, Warner Bros. confirmed it has put the third instalment on the fast track. Gal Gadot will reprise her role as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman and Patty Jenkins is back to write and direct the last movie in the superhero trilogy.
“As fans around the world continue to embrace Diana Prince, driving the strong opening weekend performance of Wonder Woman 1984, we are excited to be able to continue her story with our real-life Wonder Women – Gal and Patty – who will return to conclude the long-planned theatrical trilogy,” Emmerich said.
According to Warner Bros., Wonder Woman 1984 has exceeded expectations with an opening weekend of $16.7 Million in 2,100 theatres in North America. This is the top domestic opening weekend post-pandemic for any feature film this year. It is a feat of a sort as the coronavirus pandemic restrictions are in effect in many cities.
Not only in theatres but Wonder Woman 1984 has also emerged as a big money-spinner for Warner Bros. on streaming platform HBO Max. It premiered simultaneously on HBO Max, where it will play for a month before continuing in theatres.
Commenting on HBO Max viewership, the studio said nearly half of the platform’s retail subscribers watched the film on Friday, with millions more viewing through cable or wireless access. Launched in May 2020, HBI Max has 12.6 million active users (as of December 1, 2020). The streaming giant added 4 million new subscribers this month, shortly after announcing WB’s entire 2021 film slate will release on HBO Max the same day as theatres.
“Wonder Woman 1984 broke records and exceeded our expectations across all of our key viewing and subscriber metrics in its first 24 hours on the service, and the interest and momentum we’re seeing indicates this will likely continue well beyond the weekend,” said Andy Forssell of WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer division.
Winder Woman 1984 is the second movie of Wonder Woman franchise. The first movie Wonder Woman was released in 2017 to critical and commercial success, grossing $800+ million at the worldwide box office. Soon after the release of the first movie, Warner Bros. announced its sequel. Wonder Woman 1984 was initially scheduled for Nov 2019 release. However, it got postponed several times due to the coronavirus pandemic. It finally makes its way to the theatres and HBO Max on Dec 25, 2020.