REPORT: Gal Gadot won't return for ‘Wonder Woman 2’ if Brett Ratner is involved
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“Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot is done with Brett Ratner.
The director/producer has been in one of the biggest names in Hollywood's abuse drama and it's having major repercussions.
After backing out of presenting an award to Ratner in October, Gadot reportedly will not re-sign for the 'Wonder Woman' sequel if Ratner is attached to the film in any way.
Ratner’s production company RatPac-Dune Entertainment helped produce “Wonder Woman” as part of its co-financing deal with Warner Bros. The movie has grossed more than $400 million internationally, and Ratner’s company will take a healthy share of the profits.
A Warner Bros. insider explained, “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.”
Gadot has all the leverage here and she's using it help re-shape the industry.
The source added of Israeli-born Gadot, “She’s 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.”
Starring alongside Ben Affleck, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher and J. K. Simmons, Gadot is the centerpiece of Warner Bros.' upcoming "Justice League."
Whether or not the film proves to be a hit, the studio needs to be in the "Wonder Woman" business for as long as they can.
"Justice League" hits theaters Nov. 17.