Lebanese ministry calls for ban of Wonder Woman movie

Posted May 31, 2017

Movie fans are excited to see Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman get her own film as she takes center stage on Friday.

The security official, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, noted that the process for banning the film - which requires the recommendation from a six-member ministry committee - had not yet begun. So, naturally, I'm thrilled that Wonder Woman is finally coming to the big screen, as the movie not only features an ensemble of tough, weapon-wielding women, but is genuinely great; it has just as many spectacular action scenes and moving monologues that you could hope for from the genre.

Lebanon is officially at war with Israel and has a decades-old law that boycotts Israeli products and bars Lebanese citizens from travelling or having contacts with Israelis. The campaign is advocating a ban because Gadot was a soldier in the Israeli army and has expressed support for Israel's military policies against the Gaza Strip.

Opening with a framing device that calls back to BvS, Wonder Woman is an origin story set during World War I. At the start of the film, Diana (Gal Gadot) lives with the Amazons on Themyscira in peace, largely oblivious to mankind, but bracing for the god of war, Ares, to bring chaos into her life.

The 32-year-old former soldier and Miss Israel - who is now starring as the superhero in the new DC Comics movie - admits there was a point where she considered giving up acting all together. It can be pretty hard to get behind portrayals of women in comics books and/or superhero movies because they're either defined by their relationship to a heroic man and/or wearing a form-fitting, skimpy costume that would be totally impractical for combat (or any other physical heroics that might occur).

While some praise Jenkins for being the first woman director behind a comic book action movie, others credit director Zack Snyder, who produced and wrote the script for the film.

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

The all-new trailer for "Wonder Woman" took the world by storm Thursday morning.

While the technical aspects aren't always there and the action isn't as sharp as it should be - most glaringly in the third act fight that looks like a video game boss battle from 2005 - Gadot's performance as an unflinching but compassionate hero makes it all work.
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In the beginning of the trailer, a classic death comes to the big screen in a tragic, epic moment.

This is a valid reason of itself, especially since early on in the production, the team's push for Diana Prince's solo movie was to showcase how Wonder Woman is the heroine of love and compassion. Her character was already introduced in Batman v Superman and Justice League appears to have nothing to do with her broader mythology. "Many reviews also highlight Lucy Davis" comedic secretary Etta and Elena Anaya's villainous Dr. Muru (also known as Doctor Poison). Though she is very almost outstaged by [Elena] Anaya as Doctor Poison: "with her mask and haunted expression that suggests a twisted, blackened soul, they should hire for the Anaya next Bond film". While Diana comments about how the dress is hard to fight in, she still manages to navigate it easily, and Etta seems delighted - if a little uneasy - about her new friend's reaction to fashion.