Rumor is circulating in Hollywood that Gal Gadot, star of the Justice League film, and the smash hit Wonder Woman will walk away from her role as the female superhero unless Warner Brothers cancel its co-financing deal with accused sexual assailant/director Brett Ratner.
The accusations leveled at the director and producer come from 6 women, including Olivia Munn, who accuse the man of sexual harassment and misconduct whilst another has accused him of rape; and most recently Ellen Page claimed that he outed her and humiliated her for her sexuality on set. After her initial report, Los Angeles Times reporter Amy Kaufman says she has been contacted by 45 more individuals with allegations.
Ratner has already stepped aside from directorial duties with Warner Bros. releasing a statement saying:
“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.”
This led to his office being moved from the Warner Bros. lot and his company Rat-Pac Entertainment have had their first-look deal, which gave them first choice over funding Warner Bros. movies, canceled but the deal for the co-financing of the Wonder Woman 2 project remains in place and this is where Gadot has taken issue.
RatPac Entertainment co-produced, and profited from, the first Wonder Woman film as well as the latest Justice League feature which is soon to be released and stars the Wonder Woman character. Gadot knows that production on the latest Wonder Woman film hasn't started yet and that, after the success of the first one, it is basically nailed on to be a hit and so it shouldn't have an issue finding any other companies to fund it.
She also knows that Warner Brothers have launched their own investigation into the incidents and as things start to become clearer and events uncovered, the star knows the company will have to side with her as they can’t have a movie rooted in women’s empowerment being part-financed by a man accused of sexual misconduct against women.
The deal currently in place will see Rat-Pac Entertainment finance films by Warner Bros. until 2018 but if the leading light that is the face of their standout feature films is throwing their weight about, it may well be time for them to reconsider, especially since they are in the middle of an acquisition deal by AT&T and the last thing they need is bad publicity.