November 14, 2017
Wonder Woman 2: Gadot & Jenkins Clarify Brett Ratner Situation
Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins have clarified the Brett Ratner-Wonder Woman 2 situation that has been making the rounds online. This past weekend, it was reported that Gadot was threatening to walk away from the role of Wonder Woman – and, therefore, wouldn’t be appearing in Jenkins’ 2019 film, Wonder Woman 2 – if Warner Bros. didn’t cut ties with director-producer Brett Ratner, whose production company, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, has co-produced a variety of Warners’ films over the years, including Wonder Woman and Justice League.
Ratner recently joined the ever-growing list of high-profile Hollywood figures who’ve been accused of sexual harassment. Six women leveled allegations against Ratner earlier this month, with Ellen Page later revealing that the director had outed her as gay on the set of X-Men: The Last Stand (a movie Ratner directed and Page starred in). Warner Bros. immediately severed ties with the filmmaker, and it’s presumed that the studio won’t be renewing their contract with RatPac when their arrangement ends in March 2018 – and that’s why Gadot’s apparent Wonder Woman 2 demand seemed redundant, for Ratner nor RatPac was going to be involved with the sequel’s production.
In an interview with ET at the Justice League premiere, Gadot and Jenkins briefly clarified the situation. Jenkins said: “That whole thing happened weeks ago, so that actually had nothing to do with Gal. That was a foregone conclusion.” Gadot, although she didn’t necessarily address the report, reiterated her position on the matter: “There [has] been a lot written about how I feel and my views about this topic, and everyone knows how I feel about it. And the truth is, there [are] so many people involved in making this movie, and they all have echoed the same sentiment.”
Gadot’s supposed ultimatum, though immediately refuted by Warner Bros., was met with overwhelming support from fans and industry professionals alike, who felt the actress was living up to her DC superhero role. At the start of the Justice League press tour, Gadot addressed how Wonder Woman would handle sexual harassment, and that’s what made the report believable in the first place. However, the decision to remove Ratner and continue with the DC sequel without the filmmaker or his company involved was already made prior to the report coming out.
At first, some people thought, if the story was true, Wonder Woman 2 could be delayed, but that certainly wasn’t the case, for it was announced mere days later that the studio had actually moved up the film’s release date to November 2019, thus putting the rumors of Gadot leaving the role to rest.