Nonetheless, movie posters prominently featuring the former Miss Israel have been displayed in Beirut, and at least one cinema in the Lebanese capital is scheduled to hold an advanced premier of the film.
Gadot, easily the most redeemable part of the awful Batman v Superman, is absolutely enchanting, balancing Diana's obvious strength with her vulnerability. The actress, 32, chatted with HollywoodLife.com exclusively at the premiere in LA on May 25, as she strutted down the carpet at the Pantages Theater with her costar, Chris Pine, and even posed with the one and only Lynda Carter, who starred as Wonder Woman in the TV series in the 70s.
More so than the male protagonist taking a step back from center stage, enabling a female character to kick ass, the role reversal comes from Diana and Steve's respective character attributes: Steve is a hero in his own right, but he takes a backseat to Diana physically, providing emotional support and using his brains far more than his brawn. Her story is very clean and very aggressively paced, peppered with lots of action, just the right amount of mythology, and - for the first time in a DCEU film - a lot of humor. Convinced she can help stop the war, she leaves the island to with Trevor to fight alongside him and find her true destiny. So to get the obvious out of the way first: yes, Wonder Woman is the best, by far.
"Wonder Woman" is the first major studio superhero film directed by a woman, and it shows in a number of subtle, yet important ways. There's nothing dark and twisted about Diana Prince. She and Gadot, both statuesque, wear wedges in the film.
Lebanon's government is seeking to ban the new Wonder Woman movie because its lead actress is Israeli, although a formal request for a ban has yet to be received. It can not develop any of Justice League's other heroes since none of them exist in WWI-era Europe.
Perhaps Wonder Woman's greatest superpower is enduring for the past 75 years as a wildly unstable signifier. "Gadot sells the innocence and humor in these moments every bit as convincingly as Daryl Hannah in "Splash.' Her chemistry with Pine is just as unexpected and electric".
The trailer provides a few quick look at Elena Anaya as the as-yet-unnamed villain.
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Honestly, I'm not all that sure who the likes of Firestorm and Blue Beetle actually are, let alone Captain Cold, but their fascinating portrayal in the story mode coupled with their flashy fighting styles make me want to know more about them.
"Finally, a DC Comics movie that works", reads the headline over the review by Chicago Tribune critic Michael Phillips.
In fact, the two most memorable superheroines to grace movie screens over the last three decades didn't even headline their own movies: Michelle Pfeiffer's feral, ferocious Catwoman was the best thing about Batman Returns, while Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow has been relegated to ensemble player in five films now.
Had it really broken the mold and come in below the two-hour mark, Wonder Woman could have been a thoroughly transporting film.
The problem is, however, that The First Avenger was the first time we saw Steve Rogers: giving that film unfettered freedom to create its title character from whole cloth.