Over the weekend, Page Six cited an anonymous source who claimed that Gal Gadot was refusing to star in Wonder Woman 2 if Brett Ratner, whom several actresses recently accused of sexual harassment, was involved in any way. Ratner’s RatPac-Dune Entertainment company was one of the financial backers on the first Wonder Woman movie, in addition to other 2017 releases like The Lego Ninjago Movie, Dunkirk, and the upcoming Justice League.
The announcement seemed like a great show of support for the women who have come forward, not just against Ratner, but other powerful predators like Harvey Weinstein, who has now been accused by 80 women of sexual harassment and assault. But now Gadot herself has explained that, while she stands with the survivors, she didn’t actually issue that ultimatum. The actress tells Today’s Savannah Guthrie she didn’t have to:
“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 that I feel because I’m not hiding anything,” Gadot says, when asked about leading the charge against Ratner. “But the truth is, there’s so many people involved in making this movie, and they all echo the same sentiments.” So, she’s in agreement, but she did not personally challenge Warner Bros. to weigh losing the successful franchise’s star against keeping a creep like Ratner around. And because “everyone knew what was the right thing to do,” there was “nothing for [Gadot] to actually come and say, because it was already done before this article came out.”