Wonder Woman 1984 recently lost its certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is steadily raking up negative reviews from critics and viewers alike. But this does nothing to pause Warner Bros from giving the official nod to the next film in the series, currently titled Wonder Woman 3, probably because WW 1984 opened to a whopping $16.7 million domestically and won the holiday box office weekend a big $85 million run.
“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, executive vice president and general manager for WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer operations.
So far, of all the movies that have released during the pandemic, Wonder Woman 1984 has had the biggest score at the box office. And quite understandably, its undeniable success made Warner Bros. official announce their plans for Wonder Woman 3.
“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,” Warner Bros. chairman Toby Emmerich said in a statement.
How Wonder Woman 1984 sets up Wonder Woman 3?
Well, at a surface glance, it so doesn’t and it is so out of continuity with the rest of the DCEU that it would be hard to deduce its future traction in Wonder Woman 3. But we noticed two points that are quite possibly what Jenkins will be using to build her story. First, there is the part where Maxwell Lord renounces his wish to be the Dreamstone while everyone else in the world is renouncing their wish.
It could have also worked in a vice versa manner- as Pedro Pascal granted the wishes, they were rescinded the moment he gave being the stone. But the wishes that were made when it was still a funky looking piece still need to be verbally retracted and interesting enough, while we do see Barbara sans her Cheetah look (which was her second wish granted by Maxwell), we never hear her renouncing her first wish to be like Diana. Chances are that she is probably still as strong as Diana and will be out looking for revenge in Wonder Woman 3.
There is also the much-talked-about mid-credits’ scene in Wonder Woman 1984 which saw the OG Wonder Woman i.e., Lynda Carter debuting as Asteria, denoted as the bravest Amazonian warrior. Given that Asteria is still very much alive and has been saving people “for a long time,” it’s possible that her inclusion in the film via a character that doesn’t exist in the comics was not merely done as fan service and more as a setting stone for her appearance in future films. As for Pedro Pascal’s Maxwell Lord, it is more or less obvious that his character’s inclusion in Diana’s life is over.