‘Wonder Woman’ star Gal Gadot has refused to sign on for a sequel to the DC hit unless producer and alleged sexual harasser Brett Ratner is removed from the project. Gadot reportedly wants Warner Brothers–which has already severed many ties with Ratner in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment against him by actresses like Olivia Munn and Ellen Page–to buy Ratner out so he doesn’t profit from any more ‘Wonder Woman’ movies. Godot herself has yet to publicly make a statement, and a representative from Warner Bros. has claimed the story as false.
If the rumors are true, it won’t be the first time Gadot has taken a stand against Ratner, as just last month she backed out of an awards dinner honoring him. Ratner is already facing consequences following the allegations; his planned Hugh Hefner biopic starring Jared Leto is off, and this week, Page came forward with the story that he outed her when she was just a teenager on the set of ‘X-Men: The Last Stand,’ which co-star Anna Paquin corroborated in the following Tweet:
— Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) November 10, 2017
Gadot taking a stand and potentially holding up a much-anticipated sequel could be the final nail in Ratner’s coffin. She holds a unique position among women in Hollywood at the moment, as the lone star of a female-fronted superhero film. Re-casting the role would be a dismal choice on Warner Bros. part, as Gadot has played Diana Prince in three films already: ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Batman Vs. Superman’ and the highly anticipated ‘Justice League.’ DC is working hard to build a brand to rival that of Marvel’s ‘Avengers’ franchise, and Gadot is the only woman on the ‘Justice League’ team, which premieres in just five days.
This will not be the first time a real-life Wonder Woman has stood up for herself. The film’s director Patty Jenkins had to hold out for months in contract negotiations before the studio would give her money comparable to what a man would make on a sequel to a big hit.
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