It is undeniable that the dam in Hollywood has given way, and sex scandals and accusations have come flooding out like almost nothing we’ve seen before. Ever since Harvey Weinstein it seems like every other day there’s another accusation made and someone in Hollywood bites the dust. And after WONDER WOMAN’s massive success, Gal Gadot (actress, Diana Prince/Wonder Woman) is using her “power” to tackle one of the accused, Brett Ratner, like her character in the movie took on Ares.
Warner Bros. has recently severed ties with Ratner as a result of (multiple) women having stepped forward and accused him of sexual harassment. Ratner’s company, RatPac Entertainment, had helped produce the massive success that is WONDER WOMAN. The company (and Ratner) had made a substantial amount of money doing such, and it appears that Gadot will not stand for him nor his company making a dime more off of the continued success moving forward.
Emily Smith of Page Six reported that a Warner Bros. insider said,
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.
I (personally) hate when the nameless and faceless “insiders” or “sources” are used as “fact” in anything; from rumors to confirmation, let alone something like this. It makes it impossible to fact check its validity, and so this needs to be taken with a “grain of salt”. Though, if true it speaks volumes.
It’s not every day that you see another Hollywood star literally standing up and essentially putting their career on the line for others. I’m not at all surprised that Gadot is the one to do so, as she’s proven to be a true feminist.
This actually plays quite well into Warner Bros./DC Films‘ hands, as this all orbits around the most feminist character there is in comic books, and the movie of whom that makes gigantic strides in that area. WONDER WOMAN made history as it was the highest grossing movie with a female lead, and the highest grossing movie with a female director. It goes with the saying that, “there’s no such thing as bad publicity”, because this will chalk up as a “win” in Warner Bros., DC Films and Gal’s corner for ousting an alleged sexual harasser from a woman driven mega hit.
Let alone the fact that Warner Bros./DC Films really aren’t taking a huge risk by cutting ties with Ratner and RatPac Entertainment due to the fact that WONDER WOMAN 2 is almost guaranteed to bring in $1B at box office when it releases. This along with the fact that the movie hasn’t started production, so nothing has gone into it yet and no legal issues would pop up causing any trouble unlike the chances if WONDER WOMAN 2 were already in production.
I’m proud of Gadot for standing up for other women, and truly embodying her character, Wonder Woman. She’s setting an example that such travesties will not be tolerated, and there will be those who stand up to them no matter the cost. I would hope to see more doing the same as she, and for the tumors (that are these vile individuals) to be excised from Hollywood, no matter how naive that notion is.