Lebanese Ministry Seeking to Ban Wonder Woman Movie over Israeli Actress

Choosing to focus on Wonder Woman as the fourth film in its expanding cinematic universe might have been a risky move, but it's proven to be heads above the rest of the DC titles so far and is a movie that I think will invite repeat viewing and have moviegoers exiting the theatre saying, "When's Wonder Woman 2?" In an interview with WBTV Brazil, Gal Gadot weighed in on the debate when asked if her version of Wonder Woman could beat Henry Cavill's Superman in a fight. She was the creation of William Moulton Marston, who, as Jill Lepore details in her spirited The Secret History of Wonder Woman (2014), proudly claimed that the Amazonian princess was meant to be "psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who ... should rule the world". But even if the film is successfully banned, it may find itself later unbanned, as was the case with Persepolis in 2008, or circulating underground, as happened with 2009's Waltz with Bashir.

The Lebanese Ministry of Economy and Trade is in the process of getting the movie banned, although advertisements have appeared in parts of Beirut. If the ban does go through in Lebanon, an official says that the announcement will ultimately come from the country's interior minister on the recommendation from the aforementioned committee.

Warner Bros., which has released the film, declined comment.

Lebanon remains officially at war with Israel, and Israel-related content is subject to prior censorship, which officials can use to prevent Wonder Woman from being screened in the country.

However, previous efforts by the ministry failed to ban "Batman vs Superman" a year ago, in which Gadot was also starring.

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The star says the significance of the film strikes her even more as a mother of two girls.

Zach Snyder, director of Man of Steel, Batman versus Superman, and producer of myriad other DC Extended Universe films, wrote the story for Wonder Woman. AP notes that none of the Fast and Furious sequel films featuring Gadot were banned in Lebanon.

Despite the controversy in Lebanon, Wonder Woman is set to open as scheduled during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan across theaters in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait on Thursday. In his Chicago Tribune review, he said, "Gadot, who can hold a goddess-like warrior gaze like nobody's business, leads the way, and Jenkins' picture is serious fun guided by a honest belief in the superheroine created in 1941 by William Moulton Marston (...) For the first time in a long time, I came out of a DC comic book movie feeling ready for a sequel". Prior to embarking on a career as an actor, Gadot won the Miss Israel competition and served for two years in the Israeli military.

"We were setting out to make something close to Richard Donner's Superman or Batman Begins", Wonder Woman cinematographer Matthew Jensen told IGN.

Mashable have hailed it as the most inspiring superhero movie in years. Do you think it has the chance to look cool? "Sure, previous entries in the Warner Bros. assembly line have given us sporadically successful, demythified takes on Batman and Superman, but they've all seemed skeptical, if not downright hostile, toward the sort of unabashed do-gooderism that DC Comics" golden-age heroes exemplified.