A number of women have come forward and accused director Brett Ratner of Sexual Harassment and Assault. He’s just one of many prominent figures in Hollywood whose misconduct has come to light in recent months, and Warner Bros will apparently not renew their deal with Ratner and his RatPac-Dune Entertainment company after 2018.
Understandably, this isn’t soon enough for some people.
According to Page Six, Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot is refusing to sign on to Wonder Woman 2 or any other future DCEU films unless Ratner is out immediately. RatPac-Dune Entertainment helped produce Wonder Woman, and Gadot doesn’t want Ratner profiting off of any film she’s in going forward.
And honestly? I don’t blame her.
Via Page Six
Wonder Woman may be about a character who transcends borders, but apparently the ethnicity of its star doesn’t. Last week we reported that the film had been banned in Lebanon due to Gal Gadot being Israeli, and it looks like that may be a problem in other countries as well.
It’s being widely reported that screenings in Tunisia have been suspended. It was originally supposed to hit Tunisian theaters Thursday, but those showings have been suspended after a lawsuit by the Tunisian Association of Young Lawyers. Filed Monday, the suit alleges that Gadot is a “champion Zionist,” citing her military service (which was compulsory) and a public statement Gadot made in support of Israel’s military actions in Gaza in 2014.
How the suit goes will determine whether or not the film will see a release in that country.
This follows the film being pulled from a festival in Algeria yesterday as well. While there is a movement to boycott Wonder Woman in Algeria, festival coordinators cited “administrative issues linked to exhibition rights” as the reason, and they say they intend to re-add Wonder Woman to the festival’s lineup once those issues are resolved.
Honestly, any time Israel is involved, stuff gets complicated. That the film, which has nothing to do with the country (and takes place before the modern state of Israel existed), is getting banned places seems ridiculous though.
Via Variety, Variety
One of the films we’ve been most nervously excited for this year is, of course, Wonder Woman’s first solo feature film. There haven’t been that many women led superhero movies, and Hollywood is often reluctant to trust women directors with tentpole blockbuster. Wonder Woman, with director Patty Jenkins at the helm, has a lot riding on it.
And thank the heavens things are actually working out.
Wonder Woman opened to a pretty amazing $100.5 million domestically, which breaks the record for the biggest opening for a film directed by a woman. The movie has also already brought in $122.5 million internationally, for a total gross of $223 million so far. Considering the film only had a budget of $150 million (and the conventional wisdom that a film must make back twice its budget), Wonder Woman is already well on its way to be considered a rousing success.
Oh, and by the way, the movie’s really, really good.
It’s not a perfect movie, but it’s definitely a good one. Gal Gadot’s performance is captivating and triumphant, and the film’s portrayal of Wonder Woman’s first steps into the world of man captures the essence of Diana of Themyscira better than some of us could have dreamed. If you haven’t seen it yet, you really should. Get off the computer/tablet/phone you’re reading this on, and go watch this movie immediately.
Maybe I’ll go see it again too…
Via Box Office Mojo
Wonder Woman is set to premiere later this week, and it’s one of the most anticipated films of the year. And while most of the world will get to see Diana of Themyscira kick some ass, there’s one country the Warner Bros film won’t be coming to. The Nation of Lebanon has officially banned the movie.
The reason behind the ban has to do with the film’s Israeli star Gal Gadot. Israel requires most of its citizens to do compulsory military service, and Gadot served from 2005 to 2007. Lebanon and Israel are technically at war right now, though they’ve maintained a cease fire since 2006. The Lebanese Ministry of Economy and Trade requested the ban, though the ban took Lebanese theaters by surprise (as the film itself has nothing to do with Israel).
This shouldn’t end up affecting Warner Bros’ bottom line of course, as there were only fifteen theaters set to show the film in the country. It’s still disappointing for fans in the country who had hoped to see the film.
Wonder Woman comes out in this country on June 2nd.
We’re all super excited for the upcoming 2017 Wonder Woman film. It’s the first time the character will get her own major motion picture, and as she’s the only remaining member of DC’s “trinity” to have never headlined a film, it’s kind of a big deal. This is only the second time the character has really headlined a major project, the first being the classic Wonder Woman TV show which starred Lynda Carter. In fact, ever since the film was announced, fans have hoped that Carter would appear in at least some minor role.
Unfortunately, it looks like that won’t happen.
Lynda Carter’s publicist confirmed to The Washington Post that she would not appear even as an extra in the film. Carter had previously said in 2010 that she would be willing to show up in any new Wonder Woman projects, but only if the role was meaningful. There don’t appear to be any hard feelings (and Carter is supportive of the new film), she just likely doesn’t want to show up as fan service.
And I can’t really blame her.
Wonder Woman is scheduled to hit theaters June 23, 2017.
Via The Washington Post
While Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman will first appear in 2016’s Batman v Superman, what we’re most excited about is her solo film, which is currently filming. While a previously leaked image showed Chris Pine in period garb as Steve Trevor, we hadn’t yet seen anything of Gadot in costume.
Well, until now.
The Daily Mail has a bevy of leaked set pictures from Wonder Woman. In them you find Gadot in period costume, along with additional images of Pine as Trevor (and a bunch of extras as well).
There seems to be some disagreement as to whether the period scenes in the film take place during the first or second World War, but I don’t know uniforms or clothing styles well enough to make a distinction from the images.
Wonder Woman opens on June 23, 2017.
Via The Daily Mail
Since Suicide Squad now has a cast (and is the next DC film to come out post-Batman v Superman: Dawn of the Legend of the Seeker of Justice), it’s pretty well assumed it will go into production soon. But since the future of the DC onscreen franchise relies on our combative World’s Finest, most have questioned how safe the rest of the films on DC’s roadmap are if BvS underperforms at the box office. How likely is it we’d still get our Wonder Woman movie?
Well, the odds are actually pretty good. According to Deadline, Wonder Woman will go into production this fall, which means Warner Brothers will have a huge amount of money invested (and principal photography possibly completed) by the time the followup to Man of Steel comes out.
Which means that no matter what we should finally get a theatrical Wonder Woman solo film, and that would be awesome.