With the speed of Hermes, reports surfaced that Gal Gadot had put her red leather-clad foot down, demanding that Brett Ratner and his production company RatPac-Dune Entertainment be removed from involvement with the sequel to ‘Wonder Woman’. This news surfaced in the wake of the tidal wave of sexual abuse allegations involving many Hollywood power players. Ratner, who has been accused of impropriety in the past, was singled out by Ellen Page, who played Kitty Pryde in the Ratner-directed ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’. Page accused Ratner of emotionally abusing her in regards to her sexuality. Page’s account was corroborated by co-star Anna Paquin, who played Rogue in the film. In addition, another ‘X-Men’ actor, Olivia Munn, has also come forward with allegations against Ratner.
But Warner Brothers has succinctly shot down the reports of Gadot’s ultimatum, with the simple statement:
It is believed that Ratner and RatPac-Dune wouldn’t have been involved with ‘Wonder Woman 2’ in the first place. The deal between the production company and WB will have expired by the time production on the sequel begins.
WB has already taken steps to distance itself from the director/producer, including evicting RatPac from its studio offices, terminating Ratner’s first look deal and removing him as a producer from the in-development movie ‘The Goldfinch’. With these developments, it would seem that an ultimatum from Gadot would simply be unnecessary as WB surely won’t renew its contract with RatPac when it expires.
So while the Gadot demand makes for a good “girl power” story– and with ‘Justice League’ hitting theaters, any news is good news– it doesn’t appear to be true or even necessary.
‘Justice League’, directed by Zack Snyder (with Joss Whedon), stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Ray Fisher, Gal Gadot, Ciarán Hinds, Ezra Miller and Jason Momoa with Amy Adams, Billy Crudup, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons, Joe Morton, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons and Robin Wright. It hits theaters on November 16th.
Source: Business Insider