Gal Gadot, the star of “Wonder Woman,” has laid down the gauntlet, saying she won’t reprise her role as the famed superhero if Brett Ratner is associated with the franchise. Ratner has recently been accused of sexual harassment and Gadot has taken a hard stance against him, as she doesn’t want her work to benefit someone accused of sexual misconduct.
The revelation was first reported by Page Six and aligns with Gadot’s previous refusal to present Ratner with an award after the accusations of sexual harassment surfaced.
RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Ratner’s production company, helped produce the first “Wonder Woman” film, co-financing the movie in conjunction with Warner Bros, and is due a healthy share of the more than $400 million the film grossed.
An insider at Warner Bros. 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.”
The source added that the Israeli-born actress is “tough and stands by her principles,” asserting, “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.”
Last week, Warner Bros. announced it was severing ties with Ratner after multiple sexual harassment allegations surfaced, including those made by Natasha Henstridge, Olivia Munn, and Ellen Page.
Ratner has “categorically” denied the claims through his attorney, Marty Singer.
Earlier in the month, Gadot posted her thoughts on Instagram, saying, “Bullying and sexual harassment is unacceptable! I stand by all the courageous women confronting their fears and speaking out. Together we stand.”
She added, “We are all united in this time of change.”
Warner Bros. original deal with Ratner is scheduled to continue into 2018, but Warner Bros. has already stated they do not intend to renew the agreement based on the allegations against Ratner. However, the future status of the current contract is still unclear.