Wonder Woman 1984, the sequel to 2017’s highly-praised Wonder Woman, will see Gal Gadot reprising her role as Diana of Themyscira and will introduce Kristen Wiig as a villain named Cheetah. As with many comic book movies, rumors have swirled about the film’s production, but many of these rumors came from the tabloids. Gossip Cop has busted its fair share of false stories about the project. Here are a few examples.
Last year, Star kicked off the rumors with a bogus story about Gadot feuding with Wiig over her constant jokes on set. The tabloid alleged that Wiig was eager to impress Gadot with her jokes and humor, but Gadot was too polite to tell her that the “quirky” antics were driving her up a wall. A so-called “insider” told the magazine that Gadot could barely force the occasional giggle when the Saturday Night Live alum cracked a joke.
In reality, however, Gadot did more than just occasionally giggle. The Wonder Woman actress’s constant laughter on set was a long running joke during the filming of the first film that carried over to Wonder Woman 1984. Outlets reported that Gadot was again having a good time on set and was a constant source of laughter. Plus, Gossip Cop ran the story by the actress’s spokesperson, who brushed it off as total fiction. Gadot’s been nothing but supportive of Wiig since she announced she was joining the cast, and feeling carried over to filming as well.
Roughly a year later, the outlet tried again with a made-up rumor about Gadot and Wiig uniting to feud with Brie Larson. This time, the tabloid said it was Larson who’s unable to take a joke. The publication alleged that the success of Captain Marvel had inflated the actress’s ego and led to her being rude towards other actors at suspiciously vague “social events.” At one of these nondescript events, the two Wonder Woman 1984 stars supposedly overheard Larson trash-talking their film and made it their mission to take her down a peg or two. Another unidentifiable insider told Star that Gadot and Wiig were preparing to “fire back at Brie — aggressively” at Comic-Con.
Gossip Cop asked our sources in Wiig and Larson’s respective camps, who both labelled the rumor as incorrect. Gadot’s spokesperson also dismissed the story. Gadot and Larson have exchanged supportive and kind sentiments on social media in the time before and after the tabloid’s publication, making it clear this was just another attempt to stir up Wonder Woman drama.
A month later, Star dropped the feud plotlines in favor of one about Wonder Woman 1984 being in crisis due to reshoots. The tabloid’s bogus report incorrectly stated that the film’s reshoots — a relatively common occurrence for any blockbuster — were “making the studio sweat.” According to the magazine, Gadot and director Patty Jenkins were struggling to decide if it’d be cheaper to film reshoots in Los Angeles or Europe, panicking studio execs.
However, at the time of the article’s publication, Gadot and Jenkins had been filming the reshoots in London for a month. As we mentioned, reshoots are a totally normal when it comes to major blockbusters, and there’s no reason they’d make a studio think a production was going to collapse. A Warner Bros. spokesperson called the claims “completely untrue” as well. Ultimately, it was just another in a series of the tabloids’ attempts to come up with fake drama about the sequel.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.