Lebanese ministry bans "Wonder Woman" film over Israeli actress

Carla Harmon
June 1, 2017

The most painful thing that happened to me is when we shot in Italy and we were shooting this fight sequence on a beach and I stepped on a sea urchin.

Given the awkward aspects of the venerable character's backstory (Trevor calls her lineage "neat"); her goofy accessories, including a magic lasso (featured) and invisible airplane (wisely omitted); and the limits of the '70s TV show, transforming "Wonder Woman" into that sort of big-screen attraction is no small accomplishment. "That was painful. Other than that, honestly we got to work with such professionals that they made sure once we get to set, we're 100 per cent ready - no room for any question marks or mistakes". "She genuinely wanted to embody the Diana-Wonder Woman everyone expects". Both superheroes also undergo a transformation as they are exposed to the horrors of war, as Captain America leaves the confines of Brooklyn and Wonder Woman departs the island of Themyscira for the first time. The two have some amusing moments early on - understand that she's never seen a man - such as when she asks him if he's representative of his gender.

Such a profile might underscore the fact that Wonder Woman is directed by Patty Jenkins, best remembered as the filmmaker who shaped Charlize Theron's Oscar-winning serial killer performance in 2003's Monster. This also works as promoting the character as a female equivalent to Superman with her similar ideals of justice and honor, which Jenkins herself has touched on very recently.

"There have been many versions of Wonder Woman throughout the years". Her rationale: Ares, god of war, is behind the chaos and it is her role to stop him.

"What is the essence of Wonder Woman?".

After all, she's a character with a radical history. "I think there were like 120 Amazons", said Wright, who plays the warrior Antiope, Diana's aunt and teacher.

Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) is Diana aka Wonder Woman's mother.

"I just think it is odd that this iconic character has been around for 75 years and we have never seen her origin story", Gadot says.

With the film's arrival this week, Jenkins is thinking about what "Wonder Woman" might mean for a new generation of aspiring superheroes - and filmmakers.

Gadot promises "Wonder Woman" will not disappoint when it comes to action and the "big wowzies" expected with superhero films.

Perhaps most significantly, the tone feels right.

"It always gives me a little bit of oomph, I would say", Gadot said with a superhero smile. "I was miserable when I was prepping, but it was totally worth it", she explains. The original comic had Steve and Diana fighting Nazis, and while the shift back to World War I is a sensible choice, given the overwhelming nature of Nazi iconography, it occasionally flattens the film into rote action-adventure. Overall, and I repeat - DC has finally learned their lessons and it just makes me as an audience happier that they've done it with their outing of Wonder Woman. By then, Gadot had impressed with a slow build in supporting roles. "But there's a whole other person in me who's sitting and watching what's happening right now who so hopes, not for me, that this movie defies expectation. It made it much easier to have the greatest Wonder Woman in the world put in the palm of my hand".

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