It's been just a few days since Brett Ratner started dealing with allegations of harassments on movie sets, including a lengthy narrative from actress Ellen Paige, who worked with the director and producer on the set of X-Men: The Last Stand. In the time since, news broke that Gal Gadot might be trying to get Brett Ratner's production company off future DC and Warner Bros. endeavors, like Wonder Woman 2. Warner Bros. denied the claims, and now Gal Gadot has come out to explain what actually happened with the rumors. During an appearance on Today, Gadot said:
At the end of the day, a lot has been written about my views and the way that I feel. Everyone knows the way that I feel because I'm not hiding anything. But the truth is, you know, 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 for me to do, but there was nothing for me to actually come and say because it was already done before this article came out.
Like a lot of complicated matters, the germ of the rumor that Gal Gadot wanted Brett Ratner off of Wonder Woman 2 is accurate, as she told Savannah Guthrie on Wednesday that she has made her feelings about the situation known. However, this comment also ties into the explanation that Warner Bros. released the other day, which noted that the story of Gal Gadot speaking out to remove Brett Ratner and RatPac-Dune Entertainment from DC films was "false." Instead it seems as if the situation was handled before Gadot really needed to say anything, and the rest of the rumors came after.
Following early allegations, Brett Ratner said he would be stepping away from working with Warner Bros. In fact, the studio's first-look deal with the director and producer is set to expire in 2018 before Wonder Woman starts coming together; it's a deal that is not expected to be picked up again, and in fact Brett Ratner's upcoming Hugh Hefner biopic has already been cancelled, as well. There have also been reports that Ratner was actually forced out rather than a simple issue of the director and producer choosing to step down. Warner Bros. is still currently crediting RatPac-Dune Entertainment for works it was involved with; the company is credited, for instance, on the upcoming Justice League film.
Whether Ratner was fired or chose to step down is a moot point in relation to Gal Gadot and the Wonder Woman 2 rumors. She recently said she didn't have to say anything because the deal was already done. You can check out more from the interview, below.