Carter gives Gadot her blessing for her portrayal of Wonder Woman

Lebanon has banned Wonder Woman from showing in the country's movie theaters because the film's lead actor, Gal Gadot, is Israeli.

The Ministry of Economy had said in a statement on Tuesday that it had asked the General Security directorate to prevent screenings of Wonder Woman due to Gadot's role in the film. There have also been posters and billboards featured in the capital city.

With Lebanon at war with Israel, there is a law in place that prohibits Israeli products and stops Lebanese citizens from having contact with Israeli citizens.

The 15 theaters originally scheduled to offer Wonder Woman aren't going to make or break Warner Bros.' bottom line, but the ban does raise questions about what level of Israeli might be considered "acceptable" to protesting groups.

Gadot was born in Israel and served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a combat trainer as part of the mandatory military service all Israeli citizens participate in. In a Facebook post, the Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel stated Gadot had "boasted about the army training her for Hollywood". When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

#WonderWoman has been banned in #Lebanon. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision has not yet been published.

There is no clear mechanism for appeal of a ban on art work and public campaigns often are the only means to protest a ban.

But against all odds, Wonder Woman stakes an early claim to being the best superhero outing of this year, with an exhilarating origins tale that is undoubtedly the greatest film to have emerged from the DC Comics Extended Universe. Gal Gadot brings honesty, warmth and charm to the role. Fast and Furious 6 managed to gross a combined $2 Million in Lebanon.

Economy Ministry official Alia Abbas told the AP that her department, which is responsible for enforcing the boycott of Israel, had delivered a request to ban "Batman v Superman" previous year.

Jenkins and writer Allan Heinberg have sacked the dark and dour tone that began with the Christopher Nolan "Batman" trilogy, and has persisted through Zack Snyder's Superman and Batman films.

  • Salvatore Jensen