Wonder Woman Movie Sparks Controversy, Banned in Lebanon
Though dozens of superhero films have been released in the past decade with little to no controversy, the upcoming release of the film Wonder Woman can’t seem to stay out of the headlines.
Wonder Woman will be the first DC film released focusing solely on a female superhero in over a decade, and is also making history by being the first film with a $150 million budget to be directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins.
This budget is considered large for female directors, but it is a budget granted to male directors regularly.
In fact, the most recent superhero film from DC was Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and the film which introduced Wonder Woman as a main character, was directed by Zack Snyder. It had a budget of about $250 million, though movie critics believe the budget was closer to $350 million.
Before it has even been released in theaters Wonder Woman is being hailed as an iconic feminist film.
While it is an incredible and exciting feat for all involved to know that future generation of girls will grow up with a superhero they can directly relate to, the film has already faced controversy for its feminist nature.
At the center of these controversies is a theater chain based in Austin, Texas, The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, which announced they would be hosting five women-only screenings of the DC’s newest film.
While many applauded the company’s idea, believing it would be fulfilling for women to come together and celebrate this momentous cinematic moment without the stress of any anti-feminist voices in the room, others believe the women-only screenings to be an example of ‘reverse sexism.’
The company has released a statement promising that the June 6 screening is still scheduled.
“Apologies, gentlemen, but we’re embracing our girl power and saying ‘No Guys Allowed. And when we say ‘People Who Identify as Women Only,’ we mean it,” the statement said.
The statement also included the promise that the proceeds from the screening would be donated to Planned Parenthood, and there would only be female staff members working at the screening as well.
The controversy surrounding Wonder Woman is not confined to United States alone. it has gone international.
Earlier today it was announced that the film would not be released in Lebanon because the lead actress, Gal Gadot, is from Israel. The ban was announced by Grand Cinemas on Twitter, where they also proclaim to be the largest theater chain in Lebanon.
Warner Brothers has declined to comment on the Lebanese ban.
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