Ever since the sexual misconduct accusations started piling up against Harvey Weinstein, several other women started ousting other men in positions of power as well. Aside from Weinstein, some of the accused of sexual harassment include Kevin Spacey, James Toback, Ben Affleck, George H.W. Bush, Roy Price, and Mark Halperin … just to name a few. Women in the industry are using their influence to take a stand against the abuse, including Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot, or so it seems.
So to give you an overview, according to Page Six and a New York Post source, Gal Gadot has threatened to leave the Wonder Woman franchise if Brett Ratner stays. Who is Brett Ratner you ask? Ratner is an American film producer, entertainment businessman, and director of motion pictures, music videos, and television who is most famously known for the Rush Hour movies and he is the co-founder of RatPac-Dune Entertainment. Recently several women, including Ellen Page, Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, accused Ratner of sexual harassment; on Page’s Facebook she mentions “he said this about me during a cast and crew ‘meet and greet’ before we began filming, X Men: The Last Stand. I was eighteen years old. 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.’ He was the film’s director, Brett Ratner” and Munn recounts how Ratner masturbated in front of her while she was delivering a meal to him, according to an LA Times article.
RatPac-Dune works with Warner Bros. under contract, and worked on the first Wonder Woman movie. So it seems logical that after all this news Gadot would refuse to work on a project that was even remotely associated with Ratner. The Page Six unknown source mentioned that Gadot is “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”. Now while we agree with this statement, it didn’t come from Gadot. New York Daily News mentions that “the actress didn’t really threaten to drop out of ‘Wonder Woman 2’ if Brett Ratner has any part in the production, Warner Bros. told Business Insider”.
Even if the threat were true, it wouldn’t matter in the end. The contract Warner Bros. has with RatPac-Dune ends this upcoming year, and production and filming will begin later on in the year for Wonder Woman with no association to the company. Warner Bros. has no intention of renewing their contract with RatPac-Dune, so don’t worry guys. Even thought Gadot didn’t threaten to leave, we appreciate Warner Bros. by taking a stance against the sexual harassment epidemic. Lets hope more companies in the industry can do the same in the long run.