Patty Jenkins broke her silence when she learned she had parted ways with Warner Bros. on a sequel to 2020’s “Wonder Woman 1984”.
“I never left,” Jenkins shared in a Publish on Twitter. “I was open to whatever was asked of me. I understood there was nothing I could do to move anything forward at that point. DC is obviously buried in the changes they need to make, so I understand that these decisions are difficult at the moment.
Jenkins’ statement comes nearly a week after news broke that management at Warner Bros. had passed on her treatment for a third “Wonder Woman” film, which sparked a torrent of speculation about what the news might indicate about DC’s future. It also made headlines suggesting that Jenkins had pushed back on efforts to reshape the film to fit DC Studios’ fledgling plans by new chiefs James Gunn and Peter Safran.
In his statement, Jenkins said this story was “simply not true”: “I’m not one to talk about private career matters, but I won’t let the inaccuracies continue.”
About an hour after Jenkins released his statement, Gunn supported she on Twitter, replying, “I can attest that all of Peter and you’s interactions with you were nothing but pleasant and professional.”
In her statement, Jenkins also said that while she remains in active development on the “Star Wars” film “Rogue Squadron”, she originally left the project after realizing that working on the film would delay a third “Wonder Woman” film. “.
“When I did, Lucasfilm asked me to consider returning to [“Rogue Squadron”] after [“Wonder Woman 3″], which I was honored to do, so I accepted,” Jenkins wrote. “They made a new contract with me. In fact, I’m still there and this project has been in active development ever since. I don’t know if that will happen or not. We never do that until the development process is complete, but I look forward to its potential. »
Lucasfilm and Jenkins announced “Rogue Squadron” in December 2020; at the time, it was supposed to be Lucasfilm’s first ‘Star Wars’ feature after 2019’s ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ and was set to hit theaters in 2023. But Disney officially pulled the film from its schedule. in September.
Jenkins’ hopeful tone on “Rogue Squadron,” however, 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 great trip with WW to land on a negative note,” Jenkins wrote. “I loved it and was so honored to be the person who got to do those last two ‘Wonder Woman’ movies. She’s an amazing character.”
Along with movie fans and her film crew, Jenkins paid tribute to actress Lynda Carter, who played the superhero on television in the late 1970s and had a guest appearance in “Wonder Woman 1984,” and to her star, Gal Gadot: “Where do I start? Gal is the greatest gift I’ve received in this entire journey. A dear friend, an inspiration and a sister.
Here is the full statement from Jenkins:
Sigh… I’m not one to talk about private career matters, but I won’t let the inaccuracies continue. Here are the facts:
I originally left Rogue Squadron after a long and productive development process when it became clear that it couldn’t happen soon enough and that I didn’t want to delay WWIII any further. When I did, Lucasfilm asked me to consider returning to RS after WWIII, which I was honored to do, so I agreed. They made a new contract with me. In fact, I’m still there and this project has been in active development ever since. I don’t know if that will happen or not. We never do that until the development process is complete, but I look forward to its potential.
When there started to be some backlash about WWIII, the appealing fake clickbait story that I killed it or walked away started to spread. It is simply not true. I never left. I was open to considering whatever was asked of me. I understood that there was nothing I could do to advance anything at that time. DC is obviously buried in the changes they need to make, so I understand those decisions are tough right now.
I don’t want what has been a great trip with WW to land on a negative note. I loved it and was so honored to be the person who got to do those last two Wonder Woman movies. He’s an incredible character. Living in and around your values makes everyone a better person every day. I wish her and her legacy an incredible future, with or without me.
Walking side by side with Lynda Carter, an absolute legend and a beacon of goodness and light, was a thrill. I learned so much from her and will cherish her as a friend and mentor, forever. My team was like a family and fought every day to bring the best films possible to the world. And Gal…Gal Gadot. Where to start ? Gal is the greatest gift I have received in this whole trip. A dear friend, an inspiration and a sister. There are no words I can use to express how magical she is. She’s the real-life walking incarnation of Wonder Woman and a better person than the world can imagine. Never in the millions of moments I’ve spent with her have I seen anything less. She is a gift for this world, and even more, for me.
Last but not least, THANK YOU to the amazing WW fans, and for all of 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 first and foremost on our minds every day we made the last two films. You are the best and most loving people and I look forward to always celebrating you.
Thank you ALL for this wonderful trip. Keep the Wonder Woman spirit. Every day you encounter difficulties, try to ask yourself: what would Wonder Woman do? I hope her beacon of love, truth and justice will always be there to show you the way, as she did for me.
Angelique Jackson contributed to this report.
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