Gal Gadot refuses to do the ‘Wonder Woman’ sequel if Brett Ratner is involved


Lainey at LaineyGossip has been saying this whole time that Brett Ratner is the one we should be keeping our eyes on in the unfolding sexual harassment/abuse scandal rocking Hollywood. Harvey Weinstein was important, of course, but his power was already waning before the NY Times and New Yorker broke their stories. Brett Ratner was and is an incredibly powerful person still, and he has connections to a lot of the current power players operating in Hollywood today. Ratner’s RatPac-Dune helped produce Wonder Woman for Warner Bros, as well as the Batfleck movies and Justice League. Ratner and Warner Bros already “severed ties” with each other two weeks ago. And now Gal Gadot is using whatever power she has to say that she will not take part in another Wonder Woman movie if Ratner is in any way involved:

“Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot is continuing to battle accused Hollywood sexual harasser Brett Ratner by refusing to sign for a super­hero sequel unless the movie-maker is completely killed from the franchise. A Hollywood source tells Page Six that Gadot — who last month backed out of a dinner honoring Ratner, where she was due to present him with an award — is taking a strong stance on sexual harassment in Hollywood and doesn’t want her hit “Wonder Woman” franchise to benefit a man accused of sexual misconduct.

Ratner’s production company RatPac-Dune Entertainment helped produce “Wonder Woman” as part of its co-financing deal with Warner Bros. The movie has grossed more than $400 million internationally, and Ratner’s company will take a healthy share of the profits. A Warner Bros. insider explained, “Brett made a lot of money from the success of ‘Wonder Woman,’ thanks to his company having helped finance the first movie. Now Gadot is saying she won’t sign for the sequel unless Warner Bros. buys Brett out [of his financing deal] and gets rid of him.”

The source added of Israeli-born Gadot, “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.”

Earlier this month, Gadot posted on Instagram: “Bullying and sexual harassment is unacceptable! I stand by all the courageous women confronting their fears and speaking out. Together we stand. We are all united in this time of change.”

Reps for Gadot and Ratner did not comment. A rep for Warner Bros said only, “False.”

[From Page Six]

It honestly sounded like Warner Bros and Ratner were already working out their divorce, and Ratner was probably unlikely to have anything to do with the Wonder Woman franchise from here on out, but good on Gadot for insisting on it and throwing her weight around. They honestly couldn’t do a WW sequel without her – like, what are they going to do, recast the role after the enormous success of the first film? Of course not. I kind of wonder if Gadot has a personal story about Ratner too.

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  1. detritus says:

    so much applause. Gal, I take back any criticism I ever lobbed at you. Gal is Wonder Woman, a hero we need, in the movies and out.

  2. Isan says:

    Hear hear!!! Three cheers for Gal Gadot!!!!

  3. lucy2 says:

    Good for her for using her position well.
    I’m disgusted that any money from the first WW movie went into his pockets, but very glad he’s been outed publicly for what he is, and is suffering some consequences.

  4. Emilymoon says:

    This is a bold move and I applaud her for it, it also makes me sad because so many actresses have never been able to exercise this type of power before, they would have just replaced them, and I hope that everyone doesn’t turn around and blame them all for working with these type of men.

    I hope she can continue to use her power, but the minute she is in a flop, they could turn on her easy, so she better get some really good allies in her corner and do another movie ASAP.

    I am not a fan of WW myself and don’t really buy its ‘feminist’ accolades but if any woman can try to show her power against these guys I support it.

  5. diana says:

    They really think people are that dumb. They were already distancing themselves from Ratner. It’s just a PR move to distract from Jenkins and Affleck, another perv.

  6. msd says:

    Hope this is true. She has clout now; Hollywood needs women with clout to push back and hold men accountable.

    I’m still scratching my head about Patty Jenkins .. I mean, I guess she had a perfectly fine experience with him but he was a known sleaze with lots of terrible stories, and she must have wondered why Gadot pulled out.

  7. Nicole says:

    I mean it lines up with the fact that she skipped honoring him last month as well. Its funny though because they didn’t lock her into a multi picture deal and now she has the power to throw her weight around. Shot themselves in the foot there

  8. happyoften says:

    Good on you, Gal.

    One the one hand, yes, it sounds like Ratner was already out, but honestly? Hollywood doesn’t take kindly to actors throwing their weight around, especially women, so making this stand was braver than it seems. And yes… if she pissed the wrong person off, I could totally see a slew of Gal is hard to work with-Gal’s ego is just out of control-Gal is being too difficult-Gal wants too much money type stories.

    So Thank you Ms. Gadot, for doing what Diana would do.

  9. Annabelle Bronstein says:

    Not so fast, this is not an inevitable or easy thing she is forcing Warner Brother’s hand on, it’s a big effing deal. Steven Mnuchin (yes that Steven Mnuchin) is one of the guys who helped make the Ratner-WB deal possible. Severing that deal will cause a firestorm, litigation, settlements.

    This is a bold move, done in a classy way, for Gal Gadot.

  10. Valiantly Varnished says:

    While I have always been pretty lukewarm about Gadot for various reasons I did really enjoy WW and I applaud her using her clout to stand up to Ratner. He’s is an epic sleazebag and has gotten away with his behavior for far too long.

  11. Notmypresident says:

    If he was already out then what was the point of what she did?? Anyone that knows anything about her knows she’s not the face we want for feminism or for anything.

  12. Gina says:

    Just wanted to say you are all amazing. Thank you for supporting Gal Gadot. Let’s hope more celebs start using their clout in the same way. X :)

  13. Monica says:

    its gross to speculate but im wondering if ratner tried some ish on her, and thats why she’s going extra hard. annihilate him, Diana.

  14. Mar says:

    This is huge! I love how women are not only calling out the major players but also recognizing how much power they have! Yes Gal, you are A major player

  15. Nick says:

    Time to get rid of Dan Schneider now.

  16. Izzy says:

    “I kind of wonder if Gadot has a personal story about Ratner too.”

    LMAO. She taught self-defense in the IDF. Part of me is thinking that if he had tried anything, he would have ended up in the hospital.

    • Curious says:

      Ratner is twice or thrice her weight. Fighting an opponent this heavy is difficult even for the most skilled fighters.

      • briefstickershock says:

        @curious, I’m guessing you’ve never taken a self-defense course, then! Firstly, self defense is not a fight. You cause your attacker pain, or make him doubt the soundness of his plan, then run, gtfo, get help. If one thinks of it as a conventional fight, like a match, the attacker has already won. Size and weight IS an important factor to consider, but you’d be surprised at how quickly a 300 pound muscle man will crumble if you twist his finger, poke his eye, punch his throat, or kick his crotch. There are countless options to disable the strongest opponent within seconds. The hardest thing train to the point where these tactics become pure instinct. For self defense to be effective, a person has to train to the point where they don’t freeze up and just act. Almost like the mindset of a EMT or First Responder. And overcoming adrenaline is actually a bigger contender than the actual contender. Adrenaline, contrary to popular belief, is a huge handicap, it makes you want to run, it makes you shakey, it severely impacts accuracy and effectiveness. You don’t have the time or luxury to think of being scared because an attacker has probably accounted for that because that’s how predators think

      • Curious says:

        @ brief

        Martial Arts several years. Different styles and different clubs.

        And nope, you are wrong. If you don’t bring down the muscle man with your first attack he will get angry and attack. And may god have mercy on you … . And twisting fingers or poking eyes doesn’t bring down neither a muscle man nor a Ratner heavyweight. He will simply pull away his fingers hard and due to his weight he would succeed against a lightweighter like Gadot. As for punching throat: Ratner is one of these no-throat-fatties e.g. difficult to punch in the throat because hard to target. If you try to kick a man’s crotch: good luck, they are fast and with a Ratner fattie it is difficult to target his groin properly because his fat belly hangs protectively over his groin. If you try to knee-jerk a man’s scrotch: you gotta get close which you might want to avoid.

      • briefstickershock says:

        I’ve taken self defense and martial arts too, and at the end of the day, anatomy is anatomy. Barring neck fatties or something like that, tendons and joints are still weak points. It only takes 30lbs of pressure to take out a knee at a certain angle, doesn’t matter how big that person is. And in courses that are purely self defense it does pay to cause pain, cause a scene and run away. (yelling “FIRE” is most effective, because people will run to stare at a fire but ignore the word ‘HELP”) Most predators aren’t looking for attention or a fight, and many will run if the effort is too much, or if there is more chance of there being witnesses.

      • lilypad says:

        He didn’t have to physically force her. “Suck my d or you don’t get the job,” “hey baby, I can help you with my other movies, meet me in my room to discuss scripts,” “there are 10000000 girls just like you who will step in your shoes..” etc. Just saying these things, even with no follow up from him and no response from her would be sexual assault.

      • Curious says:

        Nope, anatomy varies and so do the consequences for martial arts.
        Try to twist a muscle man’s arm and you find out that he can twist it backwards due to his strenght. Happened to me when I had the luck to fight a muscle man in an exercise fight (randori) – in these fights weight differences aren’t taken into account because it would take too long (small town judo club).
        I also had to fight randori and my opponent had very flexible joints. Which ment that despite me twisting his arm correctly he just wouldn’t give up because he didn’t feel any pain because of his flexibility … *lol* it was hilarious.

        Nope, it takes more than 30 lbs pressure to take out the knee of a muscle man. Muscles can stabilize joints very much. That is why the William’s sisters train so hard for muscles. Ask any pro athlete.
        And btw you would have to hit the angle properly which is difficult in a fight ;-)

        Most predators are prepared to knock out their victim – they are smart enough to chose smaller weaker victims hence women are a prime target group. Those predators that are scared off by yelling are rare. Ask the police. Some predators do even get turned on when the victim starts fighting. It is worth a try nevertheless.

        And finally the most hilarious part:
        In my judo club the recommendation was to allow the attacker to come close: because in judo you can do things like twisting joints or throttle attackers.
        In my take won do club the recommendation was to keep the attacker at a distance: because in take won do there are kicks and punches.
        In my self-defense for women seminar from the german police they said this from their experience in police work: most men are taller and heavier and faster and stronger than women so women have a disadvantage in a physical fight. The police recommended to try to trick the attacker by promising him to sleep with him: “Why don’t you wait in the bedroom and I will just get my pill from the bathroom…” and close / lock the door … and run and call police / help.

        So advice for self defence always depends on whom you ask.

      • briefstickershock says:

        @curious, yes, 30 lbs is sufficient for taking out a knee. The trick is the angle, A leg is designed to take thousands of pounds of pressure from certain angles, but get it from the side, and you can knock the kneecap out like deboning a chicken. An arm rotates a lot because, surprise surprise, its attached to a rotator cuff

        And you bring up a good point about some attackers not caring or getting off on an victim yelling. The key is always context, is it not? It helps to think of it from the mindset of a predator who has taken environment into account. Thats why its so important to teach ANYONE not to walk blindly, keep their head up, make eye contact, don’t zone out and text, etc. The examples where the attacker DOES get off on yelling, he’s usually comfortable and relatively safe in the area, IE, taken the victim to “The Second Location”. The whole point is not to get to that stage in the first place. The majority of bets are off in “The Second Location” type scenarios, which is where bargaining, faking stockholm syndrome and other tricks have to come into play as a matter of survival sadly.

    • magnoliarose says:

      He may have said gross things so she knows it is true what he is like.

    • Monica says:

      Again its gross to speculate but plenty of men have dismissed claims b/c they didn’t act on it, i.e. “but he didn’t do anything!!11″ bullshit, a man doesn’t have to lay a finger on you to sexually harass you.

  17. Curious says:

    Movie: An Open Secret

    Revelations about the child abuse in Hollywood. No distributor wanted to distribute this movie. The producers did upload it on vimeo so people can see it:


    Complete movie:

  18. Aurelia says:

    Holy shit, I saw this movie about a year ago online. I was broken after seeing it.

  19. Cami says:

    This story has been confirmed by Warner brothers studio that it’s a false story. Gal gadot never said she wouldn’t do wonder woman 2 if ratner was involved. They stated he’s not involved at all. Fake story to garner publicity!