A sequel to the breakout hit of the summer, Wonder Woman, has been in the works since July. However, in light of the sexual assault allegations against producer Brett Ratner, Gal Gadot has reportedly stated that she will not return to the franchise if Ratner will make any money from it.
An unnamed “Hollywood Source” has told Page Six, that Gadot is refusing to star as the Amazon warrior unless Warner Bros. cuts ties with Ratner’s production company, RatPac-Dune. Since 2013, the studio has had a partnership with the company, which Warner has chosen not to renew after 2018.
A “Warner Bros. insider” told the publication that “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.”
Given the movie’s message about female empowerment, it’s understandable that Gadot would feel it inappropriate for someone who has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and assault to be profiting from it. The most recent of Ratner’s accusers is Ellen Page, who posted a lengthy Facebook post detailing how he outed her to her X-Men: The Last Stand co-stars at only 18.
Gadot backed out of a dinner honouring Ratner just last month, explaining to Variety that issues with the Chinese leg of the Justice League publicity tour prevented her from appearing and presenting Ratner with the Tree of Life Award at a dinner for the Jewish National Foundation.
At the moment, Wonder Woman 2 is slated for release in December 2019.