Gal Gadot Won’t Do Wonder Woman 2 if Bret Ratner is Involved
Gal Gadot has taken her own stand against sexual harassers. The actress has reportedly threatened to walk away from the Wonder Woman franchise if director/producer Bret Ratner remains involved with the project. In case you haven't heard, Brett was recently accused of sexually assaulting six women, including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge.
And so, because of this, Gal refuses to work with him. “Brett made a lot of money from the success of Wonder Woman, thanks to his company having helped finance the first movie,” a source from Warner Bros. told Page Six. “Now Gadot is saying she won’t sign for the sequel unless Warner Bros. buys Brett out [of his financing deal] and gets rid of him.”
Ouch! Hollywood execs will basically have to choose between Gal and an alleged sleazy producer. Also, considering Wonder Woman grossed over $821M worldwide, it seems like an easy choice to make. But who knows what will happen. All we know is that we want a Wonder Woman sequel!
These days, it seems like (finally) anybody associated with sexual assault allegations is in hot water. A perfect example of that is Kevin Spacey, who was recently replaced by Christopher Plummer in All the Money in the World. It's hard to tell what will happen to Brett's career, but the allegations against him are pretty serious and similar to comedian Louis C.K.‘s, whose newest film was dropped by its distributor when The New York Times published an article last week where several women stated on the record that they'd been sexually harassed by the Louie star.
Olivia, who claims Brett not only lied about having sex with her but also masturbated in front of her in 2004, took to Twitter to commend Gal's decision not to work with him.
Lst wk Warner Bros. removed Ratner’s name from upcoming movies YET their $450 mil deal w RatPac remained in place. Publicly slap his wrist but continue to work with him. Same response as in 2011 😞 BUT there’s a report that @GalGadot drew a line in the sand. If true, AMAZING ❤️ https://t.co/ZyDIBOZqkD
— om (@oliviamunn) November 12, 2017
So what does Brett think about all of this? Well, up until now, all he's done is deny any allegations against him. However, the fact that Ellen Page‘s recent Facebook post claims the producer both sexually harassed and outed her before she even knew herself that she was gay is calling even more attention to his alleged actions. In a lengthy Facebook post, she revealed that he made degrading comments in front of the X-Men: The Last Stand cast and crew. Her co-star, Anna Paquin, even confirmed the incident took place.
“I was a young adult who had not yet come out to myself. I knew I was gay, but did not know, so to speak. I felt violated when this happened. I looked down at my feet, didn’t say a word and watched as no one else did either. This man, who had cast me in the film, started our months of filming at a work event with this horrific, unchallenged plea. He ‘outed’ me with no regard for my well-being, an act we all recognize as homophobic,” Ellen wrote.
— Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) November 10, 2017
Although we don't know what will happen with Brett, we do know that a Wonder Woman without Gal Gadot is out of the question. Who knew she'd be the superhero we needed on and off the screen…