Brett Ratner no longer involved in 'Wonder Woman 2', Gal Gadot confirms
"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"
[Updated 17 November 2017] Gal Gadot has confirmed that Brett Ratner's involvement with the Wonder Woman sequel has been severed. In an appearance on the Today show earlier this week, she revealed that "it was already done before this article came out."
"At the end of the day, a lot has been written about my views and the way that I feel, and everyone knows the way I feel because I'm not hiding anything," she said. "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."
"So everyone knew what was the right thing to do, but there was nothing for me to actually come and say because it was already done before this article came out," Gal continued. However, it remains unclear whether Warner Bros had made the move or if he personally chose to exit the project.
WATCH: Gal Gadot responds to report she didn’t want to work with Brett Ratner, who has faced sexual harassment allegations, on next installment of Wonder Woman pic.twitter.com/rBuSH2CE2Z— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 15, 2017
Filmmaker Brett Ratner has been accused of sexual harassment and misconduct over the past week by multiple women, including Olivia Munn and Ellen Page.
As a result, Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot has reportedly refused to film the blockbuster sequel (to be directed by Patty Jenkins) unless Brett is no longer allowed to profit from the DCEU franchise – Brett's RatPac-Dune Entertainment has a co-financing deal with Warner Bros, the studio responsible for Wonder Woman's distribution.
A source told Page Six that Gal is "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," the source added.
Since then, Warner Bros has reportedly severed ties with the director while Brett issued a statement announcing that he's stepping away from "all Warner Bros-related activities" to avoid "any possible negative impact to the studio until these personal issues are resolved."
Brett, who helmed X-Men: The Last Stand that Ellen starred in as Kitty Pryde, had allegedly publicly outed her sexuality when she was only 18 years old. Ellen also shared the homophobic comments he made to her in a Facebook post published last Friday. Fellow X-Men co-star Anna Paquin backed Ellen's allegations.
"'You should f-ck her to make her realise she's gay.' He said this about me during a cast and crew 'meet and greet' before we began filming, X-Men: The Last Stand," Ellen wrote on Facebook. "He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior and pointed to me and said: 'You should f-ck her to make her realise she's gay'. He was the film's director, Brett Ratner."