‘Moon Knight’ Director Slams Two DCEU Movies

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It looks like DC wasn’t ahead of the curve on this one.

Egyptian director Mohamed Diab, who recently worked on Marvel Studios’ latest Disney+ series, moon knightcriticized two DC movies for their depictions of his homeland and people.

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The movies Diab called are Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s superhero debut, black adamand the disappointing sequel/prequel Wonder Woman 1984.

Diab complaints it was “annoyed” with DC for adjustment black adam in the fictional Middle Eastern country of Kahndaq “as an excuse to dump non-Egyptians, when it was obviously supposed to be in Egypt”.

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“Representative opportunities should not be wasted,” he said. “But that’s not a total mistake because it’s based on an iteration of the comic that doesn’t mention Egypt.”

Diab wasted no time snapping Wonder Woman 1984 for his depiction of Egypt a few days later.

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“You never see Cairo. You always see Jordan shoot for Cairo, Morocco shoot for Cairo, sometimes Spain shoot for Cairo. It really makes us angry,” he said. “I remember seeing Wonder Woman 1984, and there was a big streak in Egypt, and it was a shame for us. You had a sheik — that makes no sense to us. Egypt looked like a country of the Middle Ages. It looked like the desert.”

This problem that Diab found in both movies isn’t new, as Hollywood has a long and bad habit of inaccurately portraying other countries and their cultures on film.

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“In my pitch [for Moon Knight]”, Diab said, “there was a big part about Egypt, and how inauthentically it has been portrayed throughout Hollywood history. It’s always exotic — we call it Orientalism. It dehumanizes us. We’re still naked, we’re still sexy, we’re still mean, we’re still overdone.”

Since moon knight features a story heavily inspired by Egyptian mythology, Diab saw a chance to bring as much representation of his people and culture into the show and its production as possible.

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“I wanted to showcase Egyptian talent as much as possible,” Diab said. “Each culture should be represented by its people, so I hired actors, an editor, a costume designer, an art director and a composer who are all Egyptian.”

With Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke, moon knight tells the story of a mercenary with dissociative identity disorder (DID) who becomes an intermediary for the Egyptian moon god, Khonshu.

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This series will surely be a mystical and mind-blowing journey through the mind of the protagonist. But it will also be the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first deep dive into Egyptian culture and mythology.

What do you think of this question? Are you looking forward to seeing moon knightis the representation of Egyptian culture? Please let me know in the comments section below.

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