'Wonder Woman' banned in Lebanon due to star Gal Gadot's background

Candice Alexander
June 1, 2017

At this point, "Wonder Woman" is scheduled to roll out in the Gulf on June 1, in Morocco on June 8, and in Egypt shortly after June 24, the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Rated: PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content.

Scott isn't the only critic to bestow the DC Extended Universe's latest flick with a positive review.

It is, but let's pump the brakes a bit. According to Variety, the country has been exposed to several other films starring Gadot, including Fast and Furious 6, Furious 7, and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Meanwhile, many people believe that Wonder Woman being good could help convince studio executives to take more chances, target wider audiences beyond the men at whom superhero movies are usually aimed, and put more effort into diversifying the movies they create.

Both Captain America and Wonder Woman are accompanied by a ragtag group of allies, with a trusted partner at their side.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that "Wonder Woman", with the title role played by former Israeli army soldier Gal Gadot is out in movie theatres worldwide this week. He gives the best performance to date in any of these films, not that he'll be winning an Oscar or anything.

At least that's how Patty Jenkins imagined the island home of the Amazons and their heroic princess Diana, who grows up to become Wonder Woman.

In writing about Wonder Woman, A. O. Scott of The New York Times said "It feels less like yet another installment in an endless sequence of apocalyptic merchandising opportunities than like ... what's the word I'm looking for?"

It's steady, but far from spectacular.

Movie site Slashfilm writes, "the country of Lebanon has banned all screenings of Wonder Woman nationwide, due to the fact that star Gal Gadot is Israeli".

Mixing classical mythology - Norse, Greek, Pacific or whoever's - into a story set in our world is a risky proposition, with more possibilities for groan inducing stupidity and unintentional laughter than most screenwriters would be willing to confront.

A campaigner against the movie, Rania Masri, hailed the decision to ban "Wonder Woman", saying it signaled respect for the law.

Connie Nielsen, who plays Diana's mother, Amazon queen Hippolyta, also didn't grow up with Wonder Woman, but had myriad other models of powerful women as a child in Denmark. Also, Mom is clearly not being completely honest about Diana's heritage. Earlier this year, Egyptian director Magdi Ahmed Ali's "The Preacher" ("Mawlana"), a critique of corruption and fundamentalism, was initially banned, then allowed to be shown only after cuts were made.

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