WONDER WOMAN Banned In Lebanon

"Wonder Woman" still
Credit: Warner Bros.
Credit: Warner Bros.

The Lebaneses government has enacted a ban against Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman as a result of Lebanon's ongoing state of war with Israel and its decades-old law against Israeli imports, according to Variety. A Lebanese activist group called Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel – Lebanon sought the ban thanks to star Gal Gadot's status as an Israeli citizen and former member of the Israeli military.

The Middle Eastern theater chain Grand Cinemas, which is based in the capital city of Beirut, was advertising a premiere, though the ban went into effect mere hours ahead of the film's scheduled Wednesday premiere.

According to Variety, the same group that championed the call for the ban previously lobbied unsuccessfully to ban Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in which Gadot made her debut as Wonder Woman. Some of Gadot's previous movies, including Fast & Furious 6, Furious 7, and Triple 9 were released in Lebanese theaters, with several even considered box office hits.

Wonder Woman did receive a preview screening in Lebanon on Tuesday night, prior to the ban going into effect on Wednesday morning.

Wonder Woman is scheduled to open in North American theaters June 1.

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