Activists Wonder Why Wonder Woman Playing, Seek Ban in Lebanon

But who is Wonder Woman?

Aside from being a master of hand-to-hand combatant, she possesses a wide variety of powers includes superhuman strength, speed and durability, as well as the ability to fly.

Lebanon has officially been at war with Israel since the 1948 war, and has passed legislation that allows it to boycott products from its southern neighbor, though previous Gadot films, such as the Fast & Furious series, avoided the attention of the censors, who frequently ban foreign productions, including this year's Oscar victor for Best Picture, "Moonlight". Two-year military service is compulsory for most Israeli citizens. Two more films will join that club in the year after Wonder Woman's release - Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time and Niki Caro's live-action reboot of Mulan.

However, while Clark Kent is one of the most powerful heroes in DC, he has actually lost a fight to Wonder Woman in one of the Injustice comics before. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which introduced Gadot's Diana, was also shown, although there were calls for that film to be boycotted as well. That boycott was unsuccessful and the film was screened as planned.

Speaking to Time Out magazine, she said: "I love it". We shall overcome! Shabbat Shalom! It also attracted 15,786 comments, many of them negative, some abusively so.

Sharing similar sentiments, IndieWire adds that the film is "as much about a superhero rising as it is about a world deserving of her".

"Playing a film #WonderWoman in which she is featured (as the main actress) is against the Lebanese law".

On her Facebook page, Gadot had praised Israel's military during the 2014 Gaza-Israel war, sending prayers to soldiers "who are risking their lives protecting my country against the horrific acts conducted by Hamas". Not only did she help dream up the look of the Amazon island and hire scores of actresses to serve as its resident warriors, she's the first woman to direct a major superhero movie, and her success could pave the way for others.

If she continues to hold up with a 97%, she is tied with The Incredibles.

As a child, she was inspired by Wonder Woman, describing Lynda Carter's portrayal on TV as "the embodiment of everything that I wanted to be as a woman".

  • Salvatore Jensen