While fans across the world have waited years to see Wonder Woman on the big screen, Lebanese fans may have to keep waiting.
The Washington Post reports that a campaign in Lebanon to ban the latest DC blockbuster, Wonder Woman, has gained traction. The protest, led by political group Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel-Lebanon, is not so much about the film itself but rather its star, Israeli actress Gal Gadot. And while a ban would require the approval of Ministry of Economy, a process that has not yet begun, a spokesperson for the group seemed confident that the boycott will occur. “We now await the implementation. … Even if it is one hour before the show, they should ban it anyway,” said Samah Idriss, a member of the boycott movement.
The Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel-Lebanon cite Gadot’s (mandatory) service in the Israeli Army and her continued support for her home country in the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Lebanon and Israel are currently at war, and have been in conflict for decades, resulting in both censorship and massive casualties on both sides. A website called the Virtual Museum of Censorship catalogs films, books and other art that have been banned in Lebanon.
While there’s no official word on Wonder Woman‘s status, it should be noted that the political group failed in its efforts to ban last year’s Batman V Superman, which also starred Gadot’s Amazonian warrior.
Starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Lucy Davis, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui and David Thewlis and directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman hits theaters Friday.