Patty Jenkins has been trending over the last few months. First with the removal of her Star Wars movie, Rogue Squadron, from Disney’s schedule and then the even more shocking and unfortunate news that Wonder Woman 3 had been canceled by DC.
Patty Jenkins, the director of the two Wonder Woman movies starring Gal Gadot, has spoken out about the cancellation of Wonder Woman 3 by Warner Bros. which was reported by The Hollywood Reporter last week.
The director took to Twitter to explain why Wonder Woman 3 was canceled and the status of her Star Wars movie. Jenkins posted a statement to Twitter which stated that she “never walked away” from the project. Jenkins was responding to a follow up report from The Wrap which claimed that Jenkins had refused to rework her treatment for the film after producers had rejected it.
“This is simply not true,” Jenkins wrote in her statement. “I never walked away. I was open to considering anything asked of me. It was my understanding there was nothing I could do to move anything forward at this time.”
Patty Jenkins blamed Warner Bros which is restructuring and slimming down production after its merger with discovery as it also seeks to re-organise DC film and TV under the new DC Studios banner and its heads James Gunn and Peter Safran. “DC is obviously buried in changes they are having to make, so I understand these decisions are difficult right now,” she said.
Jenkins explained that she had originally left Rogue Squadron due to a scheduling clash with Wonder Woman 3, but that Lucasfilm had asked if she would come back and make it after the DC film, which she agreed to do. Presumably Rogue Squadron has an improved chance of getting back on track with Wonder Woman 3 no longer on Patty Jenkins’ schedule.
In her statement, Jenkins paid tribute to Wonder Woman fans, as well as to Gadot and to Lynda Carter, the actress who portrayed the character on TV in the 1970s, and to the character of Wonder Woman herself. “Living in and around her values makes one a better person every day,” she said. “I wish her and her legacy an amazing future ahead, with or without me.”