We’re all looking forward to Wonder Woman 2, thanks to Gal Gadot‘s brilliant performance as the title character. But if Brett Ratner, who co-financed the first film, is going to have anything to do with the sequel whatsoever, it looks like we can all say goodbye to Gadot. Page Six is reporting that the actress has put her boot down, and will not reprise her role as Diana/Wonder Woman if the accused sexual assailant is a part of it.
Ratner — whose company RatPac Entertainment not only co-produced Wonder Woman but the upcoming Justice League as well, in which Gadot also stars — made a pretty nice chunk of change the first time around. Obviously he wants that to happen again, but Gal’s ultimatum is hopefully a sign of things to come in the industry; if the reports are true that she’s taking a stand against Ratner, he won’t see more profits from this particular franchise..
“She’s tough and stands by her principles,” a source told Page Six. “She also knows the best way to hit people like Brett Ratner is in the wallet. She also knows that Warner Bros. has to side with her on this issue as it develops. They can’t have a movie rooted in women’s empowerment being part-financed by a man accused of sexual misconduct against women.”
The rumours surrounding Ratner have long been brewing, but recent accusations from six women, including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, as well as Ellen Page‘s epic Facebook post about the director outing her and humiliating her on set, have brought his misconduct all out into the open. Ratner has denied the accusations through his attorney, and also announced that he was stepping away from Warner Bros., for the good of the company.
According to Deadline, Ratner’s office has already been moved from the studio lot and Warner Bros. has cancelled RatPac’s first-look deal, so it looks like Gadot’s threat won’t be tested. But, please. If it’s between their star, an actress who has developed quite the fan base and is loved within the industry, and a man who comes with money and baggage and so many issues, the choice is simple. Not that Wonder Woman needs any help getting financing; it’s already proved itself, just like Gadot.