Gal Gadot Won't Do Wonder Woman Unless Brett Ratner Is Out
| A source said the actress doesn't want Ratner, who is accused of sexual assault, to profit from the female-empowering franchise.
Wonder Woman is taking down a new foe — a producer accused of sexual assault.
Gal Gadot, the star of the blockbuster superhero film, reportedly won't sign on for a sequel if Brett Ratner is part of the production.
An anonymous source from Warner Bros. told Page Six that Gadot doesn't want Ratner to profit from the female-empowering film. Ratner's company, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, helped produce the first Wonder Woman, which internationally grossed over $400 million.
"Brett made a lot of money from the success of Wonder Woman, thanks to his company having helped finance the first movie," the source said. "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."
"She’s tough and stands by her principles," the source added of 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."
A Warner Bros. representative said the report is "false," although the studio did announce it was severing ties with Ratner last week amid the accusations.
Several high-profile women in Hollywood have accused Ratner of sexual assault, including Olivia Munn, Jaime Ray Newman, and Natasha Henstridge. The Rush Hour director filed a defamation lawsuit against Melanie Kohler, who accused Ratner of rape. Kohler isn't backing down.
Actress Ellen Page also said Ratner outed her on the set of X-Men: The Last Stand. "He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior, pointed to me and said: 'You should fuck her to make her realize she’s gay,'" Page wrote on Facehook. "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."
In October, Gadot, whose representatives cited a scheduling conflict, dropped out of an awards ceremony, where she was set to present an award to Ratner. In an Instagram post earlier that month, she wrote, "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 chan