In order to combat Hollywood’s systemic sexual harassment and assault problem, the Producers Guild of America announced last Friday that it will be implementing new anti-sexual harassment guidelines. A day later, the PGA revealed, according to Vanity Fair reporter Rebecca Keegan, that Wonder Woman 2 will be the first movie to adopt them.
According to Variety, the new guidelines include making sure that all productions comply with federal and state laws about harassment, provide in-person anti-sexual harassment training to all cast and crew members, and offer a system for people to report any incidents of sexual harassment. The guidelines were drawn up by the PGA’s new Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force, which was formed in October in conjunction with its decision to permanently ban Harvey Weinstein from its membership. “Sexual harassment can no longer be tolerated in our industry or within the ranks of the Producers Guild membership,” the PGA presidents said, per Variety. They added that the Time’s Up organization was instrumental in creating the guidelines.
While it’s certainly fitting for a film about women’s empowerment to be the first to adopt the new guidelines, the move is not just symbolically poignant. In November, Wonder Woman producer Brett Ratner was accused of sexual harassment or assault by six women. While Brett has denied all allegations, Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot reportedly threatened not to reprise her role in Wonder Woman 2 if the producer remained attached to the franchise in any way. Brett previously announced that he has chosen to step away from “all Warner Brothers-related activities,” and Gal has since confirmed that Brett would not be involved in or profiting from Wonder Woman 2.
Because membership in the PGA is voluntary, the new anti-sexual harassment guidelines are just recommendations for best practices. Still, it’s a good start, and hopefully, other movies will be following in Wonder Woman 2’s footsteps.