Gal Gadot threatens not to come back for Wonder Woman sequel if Brett Ratner is involved
Hollywood's latest interpretation of the classic DC comic Wonder Woman saw them cast the beautiful 32-year-old Israeli actor Gal Gadot in the starring role. While some criticised the film for using a lead actor who was supremely gorgeous – therefore reinforcing sexist standards in film – others said it was a win for women.
Sure, Gadot's Wonder Woman costume was sexy, but she was an image of undeniable strength in the film. She was a total badass, and the film subtly challenged all the cliches that female characters are so often subject to in movies. The 2017 movie was a success, making $412 million at the box office this summer.
A sequel to the film was announced in July, and is set to be released in December 2019. But that could all be put in jeopardy. Gadot has reportedly refused to come back as Wonder Woman for the second installment unless Brett Ratner – who's recently been accused of sexual assault by at least six women – is removed from the project.
The 48-year-old man is a director and producer behind the X-Men film series, one of which Ellen Page starred in. She recently came forward with her own disturbing confessions about Ratner's unwanted advances.
An unnamed source allegedly from within Warner Bros told Page Six that Gadot doesn’t want the film series that celebrates the power of women to benefit a man accused of harassment against women.
“She’s tough and stands by her principles,” the source said. “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.”
Ratner is the owner of RatPac-Dune Entertainment, a motion picture production and financing company he founded together with billionaire James Packer. The company had a co-financing deal with Warner Bros for Wonder Woman, which the studio said it would not renew in 2018 after the allegations came out.
"Brett made a lot of money from the success of Wonder Woman, thanks to his company having helped finance the first movie," the source told. "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."
It means Warner Bros might have to dig deep in their own pockets in order to secure Gadot for the role again. While they announced they wouldn't be renewing their deal with RatPac, buying Ratner out entirely means they'd have to give more money to him for terminating their contract early. The potential negotiations would all depend on whether Ratner accepts the buyout, how much he'd demand and how much the Wonder Woman sequel is expected to make.
Gadot posted her support for the women coming forward with stories of sexual harassment last month, taking to Instagram to write: "Bullying and Sexual Harassment is unacceptable! I stand by all the courageous women confronting their fears and speaking out. Together we stand. We are all united in this time of change."
And people are very supportive of Gadot's potential refusal to reprise her superhero role in the second installment.
Whatever does transpire in regards to the Wonder Woman sequel, Gadot's stance on the matter is based on staunch principles and ultimately, doing the right thing.