Activists Wonder Why Wonder Woman Playing, Seek Ban in Lebanon

Published May 30th, 2017 - 07:55 GMT
Gal Gadot stars as Wonder Woman. (Warner Bros Pictures)
Gal Gadot stars as Wonder Woman. (Warner Bros Pictures)

The Lebanese Ministry of Economy is taking action to ban upcoming film Wonder Woman (dir.: Patty Jenkins), starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot, from screening in Lebanon as part of the country's ongoing ban of any Israeli or Israeli-related products.

The move was reportedly started by the Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel in Lebanon, which pointed-out that screening the film in the country would violate the law.

A large part of the issue is Gal Gadot herself: she is a former IDF soldier who has expressed support for Israeli attacks against Gaza. During the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict—in which over 2000 Palestinians, most of them civilians, were killed—Gadot expressed support for Israel, stating: "I am sending my love and prayers to my fellow Israeli citizens. Especially to all the boys and girls who are risking their lives protecting my country against the horrific acts conducted by Hamas, who are hiding like cowards behind women and children...We shall overcome!!! Shabbat Shalom!"

One screening has nonetheless been confirmed: an advance premiere is scheduled for Wednesday (with a promise of free popcorn).

Gadot first played the character in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). She will also be appearing the DC ensemble film Justice League (2017). This is the first DC Cinematic Universe film fronted by a female character.

Wonder Woman releases June 2nd in the US. It was directed by Patty Jenkins, who helmed Monster (2003), and written by Allan Heinberg. Reviews have ranged from fawning to apathetic.

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