According to an unnamed source speaking to Page Six, Gal Gadot is threatening to walk away from the Wonder Woman franchise unless Brett Ratner is removed from the production. As part of an overall deal with Warner Bros., Ratner’s company (along with Australian billionaire James Packer and current Treasury Secretary Steve Mnunchin), RatPac-Dune Productions co-produced the first Wonder Woman, along with several others for the studio.
The Page Six source explained that Gadot was acting based on her personal values:
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.
Warner Bros. seems to have already gotten the memo, though — they cut ties with Ratner on November 1st, the same day the Los Angeles Times dropped it’s own Weinstein-esque expose of the producer, citing six women who’ve accused the Rush Hour 2 director of sexual misconduct (Olivia Munn, Natasha Henstridge and Jamie Ray Newman among them). Ellen Page has also come out with her own story about Ratner on the set of X-Men: The Last Stand, which has since been confirmed by Anna Paquin. Unfortunately, RatPac-Dune is a hugely important financial resource for Warner Bros., so they aren’t able to divest themselves of their relationship with Ratner overnight. Given that Wonder Woman 2 is slated for 2019, it’s possible the studio wouldn’t legally be able to extricate themselves from their deal with RatPac-Dune in time for them to start work on the highly-anticipated sequel.
That said, while Ratner’s disputed the claims made against him, he’s also publicly stated that he’s stepping away from the studio for the time being:
In light of the allegations being made, I am choosing to personally step away from all Warner Bros.-related activities. I don’t want to have any possible negative impact to the studio until these personal issues are resolved.
But, at the end of the day, considering the amount of money on the table when it comes to Wonder Woman, he might not let go so easily if it’s within his power to still benefit from an association with the film. Perhaps the “source” spoke to Page Six to make it very clear to Warner Bros. that ending their association with Ratner needs to be swift and thorough.
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Source: Page Six