It may seem like the whole world is loving Wonder Woman, but the film has come up against pockets of resistance. The DC standalone entered theaters this past weekend and pulled in more than $220 million worldwide. The record-breaking gross piled up despite the film being banned in Lebanon. And, now, it seems like Tunisia is the latest country to refuse Wonder Woman entry through its border.
According to a report from Variety, the North African country has put a suspension on Wonder Woman pending a full-on ban. The film was slated to open in at least two Tunisian theaters come Thursday, but the screenings have been suspended following a lawsuit. The Tunisian Association of Young Lawyers filled for Wonder Woman’s suspension - and eventual ban - due to Gal Gadot’s Israeli heritage.
The lawsuit describes Gadot as a Zionist champion and condemns the star’s praise for Israel’s military action in Gaza back in 2014. The group also referenced Gadot’s involvement with the military as she served in the Israeli army.
Tunisia chose to halt Wonder Woman screenings as it examines the newly filed lawsuit. On social media, various screenings for the film are now declaring the film’s suspension. Tickets for Wonder Woman are no longer available for purchase in Tunisia, and the film’s first sneak-peek which was set to screen tonight has been canceled. Nearly 240 guests had RSVP’d to the event on Facebook.
Prior to Wonder Woman’s premiere, news broke that Lebanon chose to ban the movie because of Gadot’s Israeli ties. The country is currently at war with Israel, but this is the first time a film which Gadot stars in has been barred from Lebanon. A petition to ban Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice failed to go into effect, and Furious 7 also screened in the Middle Eastern country.
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Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, Princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that's raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.
Wonder Woman is directed by Patty Jenkins, from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg & Geoff Johns, story by Heinberg & Zack Snyder and Jason Fuchs, and stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner and David Thewlis.
Wonder Woman in now playing in theaters.