The world could soon have a new Wonder Woman, or worse, no Wonder Woman at all. Actress Gal Gadot, who delighted audiences as the titular character in this summer’s Wonder Woman blockbuster, has threatened to pull out of the sequel over Brett Ratner’s involvement with the film.
Ratner’s company, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, worked closely with Warner Bros. to help produce Wonder Woman. With Gadot’s performance helping the movie gross more than $400 million, Ratner’s company took home a substantial share of the profits. Ratner would no doubt profit greatly from the planned Wonder Woman sequel as well.
But Gadot is now saying she will pull out of the sequel if Ratner remains part of the project and in a position to profit from the movie. In recent weeks, several actresses have accused Ratner of sexual misconduct. The most recent accusation has come from Ellen Page, who says that Ratner outed her for being a lesbian in front of a film crew when she was 18 years old, years before she announced publicly that she’s gay.
Gadot has already reprised her role as Wonder Woman for the movie Justice League, which hits theaters this weekend. But a source close to Gadot says she won’t don the Wonder Woman uniform for another movie unless Warner Bros. breaks all ties with Ratner and his company.
“She’s tough and stands by her principles,” says the source close to Gadot. “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.”