Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot has reportedly refused to sign the much-awaited sequel of Wonder Woman if producer Brett Ratner, who has been accused of sexual misconduct, remains involved with the film franchise, reported ANI. According to a report in Page Six, Gadot said that she won't sign for the sequel unless Warner Bros. buys Brett out [of his financing deal] and gets rid of him.
Ratner helped in producing the first Wonder Woman movie as part of a co-financing deal with Warner Bros. through his production company RatPac-Dune Entertainment, which will reap a fair chunk of the profits thanks to the film's success.
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."
The source also shared that Gadot "knows that Warner Bros. has to side with her on this issue as it develops" because the studio "can't have a movie rooted in women's empowerment being part-financed by a man accused of sexual misconduct against women."
Gal Gadot has repeatedly in the past made it clear that she takes a strong stand against sexual harassment and harassers.
Earlier, she had posted on Instagram, "Bullying and sexual harassment is unacceptable! I stand by all the courageous women confronting their fears and speaking out. Together we stand. We are all united in this time of change."
This past week, Warner Bros. announced it was severing ties with Ratner amid multiple sexual-harassment allegations levelled against him by actresses, including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge.
The Wonder Woman star even dropped out of an awards celebration honouring director and producer Brett Ratner.
Gadot was set to present the Tree of Life Award to Ratner at a dinner for the Jewish National Fund on Sunday at the Loews Hollywood Hotel here. However, the actress backed out of the event within the last 24 hours, reports variety.com.
Gadot's representatives did not respond to repeated requests for comment about her decision. Ratner's representatives also declined to comment.
Nina Gordon, a spokeswoman working on the event, said the organisation was told that Gadot had a scheduling conflict.
"Apparently she is stuck on promo stuff for Justice League for China, and she's not going to be back in time. We just found this out and everyone is scrambling," Gordon said.
In an Instagram post Gadot said: "That's it for now, China. Thank you for having us."
The news of Gadot's withdrawal from the event comes as leading Hollywood figures face increasing scrutiny in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sex harassment scandal.
Ratner was once accused of masturbating in front of actress Olivia Munn on a movie set. Ratner is also close friends with director James Toback, whom more than 300 women have recently accused of sexual misconduct. Gadot posted recently on Instagram saying "Bullying and sexual harassment is unacceptable! I stand by all the courageous women confronting their fears and speaking out. Together we stand. We are all united in this time of change."
It was reported earlier this year that Gal Gadot the star of this year's most successful superhero movie Wonder Woman, will receive the Rising Star Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival's 2018 Awards Gala. According to Deadline, a statement issued by festival chairman Harold Matzner noted, "Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman showed us a strong, capable, poised, curious and compassionate character, and her performance has been universally praised, resonating with audiences everywhere."
The statement continued, "Gal plays the immortal warrior so well, and the film's themes are especially apt for today, empowering all types of people, women and men, young and old, the world over."
Directed by Patty Jenkins,Wonder Woman became the highest-grossing film helmed by a woman, as well as having the largest opening for a female-led comic-based film. It grossed more than USD 820 million worldwide.
In the past, the Rising Star Award has gone to Ruth Negga, Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Kendrick and Dakota Fanning.
Gadot will be seen next in Warner Bros./DC's Justice League alongside Ben Affleck, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher and Henry Cavill.
When Wonder Woman released, the whole world was in awe of Gal Gadot's portrayal of Wonder Woman, but it seems like her kids are more concerned about their food than mom playing the Amazonian princess.
According to E! Online, Gadot shared that her youngest daughter, Maya is only nine months old and has no clue who her mother famously plays, but her eldest Alma, is aware of her mother's fame.
She said, "At t, e house I am the mother; I am not the star or the character or anything. I am their mother, so it is like, 'Mom, I am hungry.'"
The Keeping up with the Jones star also revealed that her little girl really likes Batman, but also makes sure that she is "very proud" of her.
During the interview, she also praised her Justice League co-star Ezra Miller, who portrays the role of The Flash in the movie.
Gadot applauded his performance in the movie and noted, "I can never get tired of saying it: He brought such unique qualities to his character. He completely stole the thunder on this movie. He is so good."
Helmed by Zack Snyder/Joss Whedon, the flick is slated to release on November 17.