Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins has discredited reports that star Gal Gadot would boycott the planned sequel unless the film's producer Brett Ratner stepped aside, saying his departure "had nothing to do with Gal".

Earlier this month Ratner was accused of sexual harassment by six actors, including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge. Ellen Page, who worked with the director of X-Men: The Last Stand also described an incident in which Ratner outed and humiliated her on set.

Jenkins spoke to Entertainment Tonight at the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York, while Gadot spoke to the publication at the Los Angeles premiere of Justice League.

"Look, there's been a lot written about how I feel and my views about this topic, and everyone knows how I feel about it," Gadot said regarding Ratner and the wider sexual abuse scandal that has swept Hollywood.

"The truth is there's so many people involved in making this movie and they all have echoed the same sentiments."

Jenkins meanwhile spoke more directly about the alleged incident. "That whole thing happened weeks ago, so that actually had nothing to do with Gal," she said "That was weeks... that was a forgone conclusion, I think. Anyway, I was surprised by that story."

Jenkins was also asked about the wider need to support women in Hollywood.

"I think it's incredibly important. I think it always has been, and I think that, listen, everybody needs help getting where they get to, and if other women aren't helping other women, then oftentimes, who is?" she said.

Wonder Woman has been one of the biggest hits of the year, winning over both critics and viewers around the world. Grossing more than $800m worldwide, the film came at exactly the right time for the Warner Bros. DC universe of films after the critical failures of previous efforts, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice last year.

A sequel has been set to release on 1 November 2019 with Jenkins and Gadot both set to return.