Wonder Woman 2 not affected by Brett Ratner allegations, studio says

“Justice League,” like its well-regarded predecessor in Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe of superhero films “Wonder Woman,” was partially financed by RatPac-Dune Entertainment. The co-owner and CEO of RatPac is Brett Ratner, the producer-director who has been accused of multiple incidents of sexual misconduct and harassment by stars ranging from Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstrige to Ellen Page.

Over the weekend, the New York Post’s Page Six gossip column, citing an unnamed source, reported that arguably the brightest star in the DC movie heavens, actress Gal Gadot, refuses to play Wonder Woman in another movie unless Ratner is completely removed from the project.

Warner Bros. issued a brief statement calling the report false. On Monday the studio announced that “Wonder Woman 2,” starring Gadot, is scheduled to be released on Nov. 1, 2019.

The Page Six report came a little more than two weeks after the Israeli actress dropped out of a planned appearance to present Ratner with an award from the Jewish National Fund. Scheduling conflicts were cited for Gadot’s absence, and “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins acted in Gadot’s place. Reports of alleged Ratner’s misbehavior hit the media a few days later, and by Nov. 1 Jenkins, the top female box-office director of all time, was expressing “extreme distress” about her film’s financier.

Warner Bros. has since moved to cut ties with RatPac, which has invested in many of the studio’s recent films. The Los Angeles Times reported RatPac had a $450 million co-financing deal with Warners that will not be renewed when it ends next year.

On Nov. 5, while interviewing her about “Justice League,” I asked Gadot about Ratner.

“As far as RatPac goes, and Brett, I have nothing to add,” was all she said about that, but she did address the explosion of sex harassment charges hitting Hollywood.

“I think that it’s very important that women and men are stepping up and voicing themselves,” Gadot stated. “The behavior of using power against someone else’s will is wrong and it should be condemned. It’s not OK and not tolerable.”