Exclusive: Jordan Will Not be Banning Wonder Woman

Published June 11th, 2017 - 09:43 GMT
Jordan gives the OK on "Wonder Woman," despite controversy. (Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.)
Jordan gives the OK on "Wonder Woman," despite controversy. (Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.)

Jordan has decided to let Wonder Woman screen in cinemas, Al Bawaba has learned.

Mohammed Qtaishat, the Director General of the Media Commission, told Al Bawaba in a phone call (in Arabic): "The film was allowed to screen in Jordanian cinemas due to a lack of legal precedent to do otherwise, as outlined by Regulation No. 63 of 2004, on the Clearance and Control of Audiovisual Works."

Jordan reportedly considered banning the film, but decided not to despite reports stating otherwise.

The film, the fourth entry in the DC Cinematic Universe (a franchise which has included 2013's Man of Steel, 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and 2016's Suicide Squad) proved controversial when it cast Israeli star Gal Gadot, a former Israeli Defence Forces soldier, in the lead.

The film was banned in Lebanon and might potentially be banned in Tunisia

Gadot served in the Israeli army during the 2006 war with Lebanon, which saw the killing of 1200 civilians, a third of them children; Israel reportedly used over 4.6 million cluster bombs during the war.

She was at the centre of controversy in 2014, when she expressed her support for the IDF during 2014 Gaza War. The war saw the killing of over 2000 Palestinians, most of them civilians.

Jordan signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994.

Wonder Woman released June 2nd to generally positive reviews. It will release in various cinemas in Jordan within the month.


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