The recent rounds of sexual misconduct allegations sweeping the headlines brought down Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, but the fate of Brett Ratner — whom Olivia Munn and Ellen Page had accused of lewd behavior and inappropriate comments — remained to be seen. Now it's becoming clearer, thanks to Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot.
In response to the claims, Gadot reportedly demanded that Ratner be fired from the upcoming sequel — which he was set to produce through his company RatPac-Dune Entertainment — or else Gadot would walk from the film. It appears that Warner Bros., trying to keep peace with its star, has taken the side of Gadot and severed ties with Ratner, including his removal from Wonder Woman 2, which is set to hit theaters Nov. 1, 2019.
During an interview on Wednesday's episode of Today, Gadot confirmed that the producer would no longer be involved in the project, calling the decision "the right thing to do," while also attributing the response from the rest of the crew as helping draw the right decision:
"But the truth is, there’s so many people involved in making this movie, it’s not just me, and they all echoed the same sentiments."
Warner Bros., which is currently pushing for Wonder Woman to earn Oscars, including Best Actress, had crafted a $450 million, 75-film deal with RatPac back in 2013 that included Wonder Woman. While the deal is set to expire before filming begins on Wonder Woman 2 in 2018, it's worth commending the studio's positive steps towards making the cast and crew feel safe and respected.
With original director Patty Jenkins and star Gadot returning for the sequel in 2019, fans can certainly look forward to another moving and breathtaking adventure.
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