Chris Pine Stunned by Cancellation of Wonder Woman 3

Chris Pine expresses shock over the cancellation of Wonder Woman 3, a billion-dollar franchise, following DC Studios' restructuring under James Gunn and Peter Safran. The decision came as a surprise, considering the success of the previous two installments.

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Chris Pine Stunned by Cancellation of Wonder Woman 3

Chris Pine Stunned by Cancellation of Wonder Woman 3

Actor Chris Pine has expressed shock and disbelief over the cancellation of Wonder Woman 3, a billion-dollar franchise, following the restructuring of DC Studios under the leadership of James Gunn and Peter Safran. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Pine, who portrayed Steve Trevor in the Wonder Woman films, stated, "I'm stunned that they said no to a billion-dollar franchise and decided to pivot elsewhere."

The cancellation of Wonder Woman 3 came as a surprise to many, considering the success of the previous two installments. Wonder Woman, released in 2017, grossed over $821 million worldwide, while its sequel, Wonder Woman 1984, released in 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, still managed to earn $166 million globally. Director Patty Jenkins, who helmed both films, was working on the third installment when it was rejected by the new leadership at DC Studios.

In a previous interview on the Talking Pictures podcast, Jenkins confirmed that Wonder Woman 3 was "done for the time being, but probably easily forever." She explained that DC Studios was not interested in pursuing any Wonder Woman projects at the moment, citing the challenges of overhauling the franchise under the new leadership.

Despite the setback, Pine praised Jenkins for her vision and direction in the Wonder Woman films. However, he clarified that his involvement in a potential third film was unlikely due to the fate of his character, Steve Trevor, in the storyline. "Me. No. Homie is dead. Steve is gonzo. It would be ridiculous to try to bring me back,"Pine remarked.

The Wonder Woman franchise has been a significant part of the DC Extended Universe since its introduction in 2017. Gal Gadot's portrayal of the iconic superheroine has garnered praise from fans and critics alike, with many considering her performance a highlight of the DCEU. The character's origins can be traced back to her creation by William Moulton Marston in 1941, and she has since become a symbol of female empowerment in popular culture.

As DC Studios undergoes a major restructuring under the leadership of James Gunn and Peter Safran, the future of the Wonder Woman franchise remains uncertain. Fans continue to hold out hope for future adventures featuring the beloved character, despite the cancellation of the third installment. The decision to halt the billion-dollar franchise has left many, including Chris Pine, surprised and eager to see what direction DC Studios will take in the coming years.