A sequel to the critically acclaimed box office hit, Wonder Woman was already announced back at San Diego Comic Con this summer. But now it’s looking as though Gal Gadot, who portrays Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in the DCEU, will not return if Brett Ratner is attached to the project in any way.
According to a report from Page Six, a Hollywood source said that Gadot is taking a strong stance against sexual harassment and doesn’t want the Wonder Woman franchise to benefit a man accused of sexual misconduct toward women.
The source added, “She’s tough and stands by her principles. 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.”
Warner Bros. announced this week that they were severing ties with the producer after they were made aware of several sexual harassment allegations made against him.
Ratner’s company RatPac-Dune Entertainment helped to produce the film which has grossed over $400 million worldwide and RatPac-Dune is said to receive a healthy share of the profits.
A Warner Bros. insider stated, “Brett made a lot of money from the success of ‘Wonder Woman,’ thanks to his company having helped finance the first movie. 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 should be noted that reps for Gadot did not comment, while a rep for Warner Bros. only said, “False.”
However, if true, this is the second instance where Gadot has distanced herself from the producer. The star bowed out of an event honoring Ratner, where she was due to present him with an award last month.
Source: Page Six