It’s always a special day when a film saga turns into an honest-to-Pete trilogy; it’s happened with no less of a classic series like The Godfather. Rick Linklater got in on the trilogy action with his sublime Before films as did Peter Jackson with the Lord of the Rings epics. And ye olde patient fan of all things even remotely cheesy is still holding onto hope – along with my spurs and six-shooter – for a Young Guns Part Three. And now, just days after the oddball ‘Hey, it’s 2020’ release of Wonder Woman 1984 comes the news from the lariat twirling comic book nuts at The Hollywood Reporter that the Amazon princess is getting a certified third entry in her continuing adventures in the DC cinematic universe.
Following on the heels of a global pandemic best at the vaunted holiday box office – $16.7 million dollars – Warner Bros. Film head honcho Toby Emmerich announced plans yesterday for a third Wonder Woman entry in the popular series: “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.”
Wonder Woman 1984 will be remembered by those who follow the inner-machinations of Hollywood as being the film that shattered the so-called theatrical window by releasing simultaneously on streaming giant HBO Max. This controversial move by Warner’s came after a surge in COVID cases which forced many theatrical platforms to temporarily close down again. Rather than postpone a film that was originally scheduled to drop last summer, Warner’s (A.K.A. AT&T) opted for the simultaneous release and – in for a penny, in for a pound – also announced that their remaining slate of films for 2021 would follow the same release pattern. Reactions in Hollywood, to say the least, have been mixed.
Although performing better than any theatrical U.S. release so far during the pandemic, Wonder Woman 1984’s box-office numbers would have made any other year in the 21st century thus far wince in pain: The movie opened to the tune of $16.7 million over the Christmas holiday weekend, a new record for a film with a theatrical window in 2020. So great by 2020 COVID standards; abysmal for such a huge budgeted film otherwise. Things look a little less bleak for the movie when you take into account global box office: Wonder Woman 1984 has taken in $85 million smackers so far.
“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,” explained WarnerMedia direct-to-consumer big wheel Andy Forssell about the HBO Max reception to the movie. “…the momentum we’re seeing indicates this will likely continue well beyond the weekend.”
No official production start date has been announced as of yet for Wonder Woman Three.