Jordan movie theater apologizes for screening ‘Wonder Woman’

Cinema City Amman joins Lebanon, Tunisia and a Palestinian theater in boycotting the superhero movie over its Israeli star

Gal Gadot in a scene from the movie 'Wonder Woman' (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)
Gal Gadot in a scene from the movie 'Wonder Woman' (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)

A popular movie theater in Jordan’s capital, Amman, apologized Wednesday for screening Wonder Woman and pulled additional showings of the superhero movie because it stars Israeli Gal Gadot.

Jordan had been considering banning the film outright, but a report in the Al Bawaba News on Sunday said the country’s Communications Commission ultimately decided not to, due to a lack of a legal precedent on the issue.

Last week, both Lebanon and Tunisia banned Wonder Woman over Gadot’s role. Lebanon is officially at war with Israel and bans Israeli products.

Though Jordan signed a peace agreement with Israel in 1994, a campaign against normalizing ties with Israel called for an official boycott of the American movie.

“We remind the Jordanians of their obligation to boycott the film, and we refuse to be partners to the crimes of the Zionists and to increase their profits from this film,” a statement from one of the campaigners said last week, according to the Ynet news website. “The Arab audience will not be involved in projects that represent Zionism and the Israeli army.”

On Sunday, a prominent Palestinian movie theater in Ramallah banned the movie, citing “political reasons related to the Israeli occupation and the Israeli actress starring in the film.”

Gadot, 32, does not shy away from touting her Israeli heritage. She praised the Israeli military in a widely shared Facebook post during the 2014 Gaza war.

The film has grossed an impressive $206.3 million in US ticket sales in two weeks, placing it in the top tier of movies that have managed to maintain such a lead at the box office. Internationally, Wonder Woman has grossed an additional $232.2 million in ticket sales.

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