"Wonder Woman" actress Gal Gadot reportedly issued an ultimatum to the movie studio producing the popular movies: If the studio didn't get rid of a director accused of sexual harassment, she plans to abandon the role.
Why is Gadot issuing the ultimatum now?
Among the multitudinous sexual harassment allegations rocking Hollywood, "X-Men" actress Ellen Page said that director Brett Ratner humiliated her by publicly outing her status as a homosexual woman. She was 18 at the time.
Another actress from the "X-Men" movie confirmed Page's accusation.
Ratner's company has a financial stake in the "Wonder Woman" franchise, and Gadot wants it to be completely severed before she'll return to the popular role, according to an anonymous insider.
“Brett made a lot of money from the success of ‘Wonder Woman,’ thanks to his company having helped finance the first movie," the Hollywood insider said. "Now Gadot is saying she won’t sign for the sequel unless Warner Bros. buys Brett out and gets rid of him.”
“She’s tough and stands by her principles," the Insider added. "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.”
A representative for Warner Bros. said the report was false.
How much does Ratner stand to lose if Gadot gets her way?
"Wonder Woman" grossed more than $400 million internationally, with Ratner's company earning much of the profit, while "Batman v Superman," which featured Gadot in the superhero role, grossed more than $422 million internationally. This gives some idea of what is at stake if Gadot pulls out of any sequels in the blockbuster superhero franchise.