Moon Knight Director Calls Wonder Woman 1984’s Egyptian Scene ‘A Shame’

Moon Knight director Mohamed Diab criticized Wonder Woman’s Egypt portrayal in 1984, noting that the scene in question was a “disgrace”.

moon knight Director Mohamed Diab had a few words to describe Wonder Woman 1984‘s representation of Egypt.

In the latest issue of SFX, the Egyptian filmmaker opened up about his frustration at how his country is often portrayed in major Western films. “It’s always exotic — we call it Orientalism,” Diab said. “It dehumanizes us. We’re always naked, we’re always sexy, we’re always bad, we’re always over the top. You never see Cairo. You always see Jordan shoot for Cairo, Morocco shoot for Cairo, sometimes Spain shoot for Cairo.” That really annoys us.” The director then cut in Wonder Woman 1984, which explains why the film frustrated him so much. “I remember seeing it Wonder Woman 1984 and there was a big sequence in Egypt and it was a shame for us. They had a sheik – that doesn’t make sense to us. Egypt looked like a country from the Middle Ages. It looked like the desert.”

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This isn’t the first time Diab has criticized the DC Extended Universe for its misrepresentation of Egypt. The director has also blasted what’s to come Black Adam Film for casting non-Egyptian actors in roles he believes were destined for Egyptians. “I was really annoyed with DC when they went on set Black Adam in a fictional Middle Eastern country as a pretext to occupy non-Egyptians when it was obviously destined for Egypt,” Diab said. “Opportunities of representation should not be wasted…an iteration of the comics that makes no mention of Egypt.”

That’s what Diab promises moon knight, his upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe manages to remain true and authentic to Egypt, treating the nation and culture with respect. “[It’s] Part of the show because it’s part of the comic. It’s part of how he gets his powers,” Diab said. It’s rooted in that. There was definitely room to play [in Moon Knight] but keep it as authentic as possible, in the realm of the fantastic. Even in the original comics they did a great job researching and trying to make Egypt authentic. ”

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The origin story of the Moon Knight inside cold-hearted mercenary Marc Spector who was resurrected by Khonshu, the Egyptian god of the moon. While it is currently unknown how the series will portray the story, the various trailers feature scenes set in and around Egypt.

moon knight Premieres on Disney+ on March 30.

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Source: SFX, via GamesRadar+

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