Lebanon to ban Wonder Woman 'because actress who plays her is Israeli'


Taking exception to the fact the director's vision of Wonder Woman differs with the film he would have made, Rose notes: "Poor Diana has been reduced to a weaponised Smurfette...she journeys from a land without men and winds up stranded in no man's land".

At DC, "Wonder Woman" beats out Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight", which earned a 94 percent freshness rating, and this year's "The Lego Batman Movie", which earned a 90 percent.

Lebanon is seeking to ban the new Wonder Woman movie because its lead actress, Gal Gadot, is an Israeli-a reflection of how the decades-old animosity between the two neighbors is also infused in the cultural scene.

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.

Wonder Woman is produced by Charles Roven, Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder, with Richard Suckle, Stephen Jones, Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and Rebecca Roven serving as executive producers. And while Gal Gadot is the face of the title superhero, Patty Jenkins directed the film. Batman v Superman managed a whopping $420.1 million worldwide take when it released previous year, and Suicide Squad earned $267.1 million at the worldwide box office last summer. As Jenkins told us in a recent interview, "He aims to keep the war going forever". "There was one in 'Suicide Squad.' But I don't think that we want to feel that we're forced to do something just because we didn't in the past".

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It also helps that Wonder Woman isn't anxious about placing references to the existing DC cinematic universe, save for a nod to Bruce Wayne in a scene set in the present day.

After Trevor crash lands near her home on Themyscira with news of a horrific battle being fought by mankind, Diana joins the American in London to stop German General Ludendorff (Danny Huston) and "Doctor Poison" (Elena Anaya) from continuing the war.

Bring on the sequel!