Chris Pine Expresses Surprise Over DCU’s Shift Away from Wonder Woman: “They Said No to a Billion-Dollar Franchise”

Chris Pine Expresses Surprise Over DCUs Shift Away from Wonder Woman They Said No to a Billion Dollar Franchise
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With Gunn and Safran spearheading the DCU reboot, it was announced that nearly all projects affiliated with the DCEU would be scrapped, with most of the original cast not reprising their roles.

This included the cancellation, or at least postponement, of the ‘Wonder Woman’ franchise, including a planned third installment directed by Jenkins and starring Gadot as Wonder Woman.

Patty Jenkins opted out of directing ‘Rogue Squadron’ in favor of helming the potential third ‘Wonder Woman’ installment. Despite Gunn and Safran’s DCEU overhaul into the DCU, there was lingering optimism from both Jenkins and Gadot for their return to the project, until its eventual confirmation that it wouldn’t materialize.

Chris Pine, who played Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman’s significant love interest and a prominent character in Diana’s narrative, recently expressed his surprise at the DCU’s decision to not continue Diana’s story.

I’m stunned that they said no to a billion-dollar franchise and decided to pivot elsewhere. I don’t know what the reasoning was behind that; it’s above my pay grade, but Wonder Woman is an incredible character; Patty is such a thoughtful director.

However, does it qualify as a billion-dollar franchise? “Wonder Woman” amassed a total of $821.8 million worldwide, with $412.6 million originating from the United States and Canada, and $409.3 million from other territories. Yet, this marks the pinnacle of its success. Originally slated for a June 5, 2020 release by WB in the U.S., “Wonder Woman 1984” was rescheduled to December 25, 2020, due to COVID-19. Initially intended for November 1, 2019, the sequel encountered mixed reviews and underperformed at the box office. This signaled the onset of its decline.

Even if a third movie were to be produced, the studio would probably face substantial losses, given the recent performance of films with comparable premises.

Gunn and Safran intend to explore Wonder Woman’s lore further, albeit without her presence. They are currently working on a live-action TV series titled ‘Paradise Lost,’ set in Themyscira but predating Wonder Woman’s era. Described as “Game of Thrones-like,” the show aims to delve into the rich mythology of the Amazonian island.

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