Ever since Gunn and Safran’s first slate of projects in the new DCU was announced earlier this year, it’s become increasingly clear that Warner Bros. is going to pretty much reboot the franchise entirely. While that hasn’t been said explicitly, what happened with “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” and “The Flash” at the box office this year made it evident that the former DCEU, aka Snyderverse, just isn’t working anymore. Unfortunately, Gadot is inherently tied to that universe, having debuted in 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
It’s already been announced that we’ll have a new Superman in the form of David Corenswet, and there will be a new Batman in director Andy Muschietti’s “The Brave and the Bold.” Would it truly make sense to keep the same Wonder Woman in this new universe? Probably not. But Gunn and Safran are going to dive into that corner of the DCU with a TV series titled “Paradise Lost” that will take place earlier in Themyscira’s history.
Another thing to consider is that “Wonder Woman 1984” was met with largely poor reviews when it hit theaters in late 2020. It also made just $166 million worldwide at the box office, but much of that had to do with the pandemic and the day-and-date HBO Max release. Still, the numbers don’t currently indicate that Gadot’s return is the best path forward for DC. All due respect to Gadot and those who love her in the role, but the powers that be clearly feel it’s time to move on.
However, things could always change. I’m sure we’ll get a James Gunn tweet confirmation soon enough.