Last week, just before it was set to debut, Wonder Woman was banned by the country of Lebanon as a show of opposition against Israel. Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot, like all Israelis above the age of 18 are required to do, served time in the military. Gadot’s two years of service coincided with the 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon, one of many wars and conflicts the bitter rivals have been involved in over the decades. Lebanon’s ban has prompted consideration of a ban in other countries, including Algeria, where protesters have called for the government to outlaw the film.
As a result, when Wonder Woman was pulled from Algerian Ramadan festival Nuits du Cinéma, journalists immediately speculated that another ban could be responsible. However, according to a report from Variety, its “administrative rights” issues and not political ones that caused the film to be pulled from the schedule, and officials say that the movie will be re-added after those issues are cleared up.