The new American superhero film based on the DC comics, Wonder Woman, has been banned in Lebanon.
The film starring Gal Gadot, tells the story of Princess Diana who grows up on the Amazon island of Themyscira but when a pilot crashes offshore of the island and tells of a conflict in the outside world, she decides to end this world war that leads her to discover her full powers and true destiny.
The Lebanese authorities banned the film because the leading actress Gal Gadot is a former Israeli solider as she served for 2 years in the Israel Defense Forces, serving as a combat trainer.
Gadot also played the role of Gisele in the American franchise, Fast and Furious and she was actually chosen for this specific role due to her military background.
The ban was announced on Twitter by Grand Cinemas, which is considered as Lebanon’s largest theatre chain. The news came 2 hours before the premiere of the movie in Beirut leading to the removal of the movie posters from about 15 theatres in Lebanon.
Lebanon and Israel have been through number of wars and Gadot’s service overlapped with the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict which killed hundreds of civilians and displaced about a million. Lebanon officially boycotts Israeli products and bars its citizens from traveling there.
Gadot had previously shown support to the Israeli military during the 2014 Gaza-Israel war, sending prayers through her Facebook page.
It should be noted that Lebanon did not ban earlier films that Gadot starred in as Fast and Furious series and Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice in which she portrayed Wonder Woman, too.
The superhero film is scheduled to screen elsewhere in the Middle East as confirmed by the Warner Brothers Pictures.