Moon Knight director Mohamed Diab criticizes Wonder Woman 1984’s portrayal of Egypt, noting that the scene in question was a “shame”.
moon knight director Mohamed Diab had choice words to describe Wonder Woman 1984The representation of Egypt.
In the latest issue of SFX, the Egyptian filmmaker opened up about his frustrations with the way his country is often portrayed in major Western films. “It’s always exotic – we call it Orientalism,” Diab said. “It dehumanizes us. We’re still naked, we’re still sexy, we’re still bad, we’re still exaggerated. You never see Cairo. You always see Jordan shot for Cairo, Morocco shot for Cairo, sometimes Spain shot for Cairo. This really makes us angry. The director then looked into Wonder Woman 1984, explaining why the film left him so frustrated. “I remember seeing Wonder Woman 1984 and there was a big streak in Egypt and it was a shame for us. You had a sheikh – that makes no sense to us. Egypt looked like a country of the Middle Ages. It looked like the desert.”
This isn’t the first time Diab has criticized the DC Extended Universe for its misrepresentation of Egypt. The director also blasted the upcoming black adam film for casting non-Egyptian actors in roles he said were meant for Egyptians. “I was really annoyed with DC when they put black adam in a fictional Middle Eastern country as an excuse to throw non-Egyptians, when it was obviously meant to be in Egypt,” Diab said. “Opportunities for representation should not be wasted…an iteration of the comic that does not mention Egypt.”
Diab promises that moon knight, its upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe manages to stay 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 it. There was definitely room to play [in Moon Knight] but keep it as authentic as possible, in the realm of fantasy. Even in the original comics, they did a great job of researching and trying to make Egypt feel authentic.
Moon Knight’s origin story sees cold-hearted mercenary Marc Spector resurrected by Khonshu, the Egyptian Moon God. Although it is currently unknown how the series will portray the story, the various trailers have included 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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