MOON KNIGHT Director Mohamed Diab Says WONDER WOMAN 1984's Egypt-Set Scenes Were A "Disgrace"

MOON KNIGHT Director Mohamed Diab Says WONDER WOMAN 1984's Egypt-Set Scenes Were A "Disgrace" MOON KNIGHT Director Mohamed Diab Says WONDER WOMAN 1984's Egypt-Set Scenes Were A "Disgrace"

Moon Knight director Mohamed Diab has explained why Wonder Woman 1984's Egypt-set sequence was considered a "disgrace" by those from the country, likening it to looking like something from the Middle Ages.

By JoshWilding - Mar 23, 2022 07:03 AM EST
Filed Under: Moon Knight
Source: SFX

In a recent interview, Moon Knight director Mohamed Diab expressed his disappointment that Black Adam will make use of Egyptian iconography, but not feature actors from the country due to its fictional setting of Kahndaq. While the filmmaker acknowledged that the movie not taking place in Egypt explained that lack of authenticity on screen, he's less impressed with Wonder Woman 1984.

"In my pitch, there was a big part about Egypt, and how inauthentically it has been portrayed throughout Hollywood’s history," Diab said of his approach to Moon Knight. "It’s always exotic – we call it orientalism. It dehumanizes us. We are always naked, we are always sexy, we are always bad, we are always over the top."

"You never see Cairo. You always see Jordan shot for Cairo, Morocco shot for Cairo, sometimes Spain shot for Cairo. This really angers us. I remember seeing Wonder Woman 1984 and there was a big sequence in Egypt and it was a disgrace for us. You had a sheik – that doesn’t make any sense to us. Egypt looked like a country from the Middle Ages. It looked like the desert."

It's interesting to hear from Diab on this point, because what many felt was simply a cool action scene clearly had a lot of negative connotations. The Wonder Woman sequel received a mostly negative response from fans and critics, with its cheesy take on the 80s a sticking point. As a result, it's not overly surprising to learn that the 2020 movie ended up failing to portray an authentic Egypt.

As for how Moon Knight suceeds in that regard, the director added: "[It's] part of the show because it’s part of the comic book. It’s part of how he gets his powers. It’s ingrained in it. There was definitely room to play [in Moon Knight] but keep it as authentic as possible, in the realm of being fantastical. Even in the original comic books they did a great job of researching and trying to make Egypt authentic."

Marvel Studios has also released a new promo for the show which contains some fresh snippets of footage. 

Moon Knight is set to premiere on Disney+ on March 30.

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Spagett - 3/23/2022, 7:40 AM
Rent free!
DrReedRichards - 3/23/2022, 9:15 AM
@Spagett -

What a moronic excuse for a comeback.
MyCoolYoung - 3/23/2022, 9:55 AM
@Spagett - the rent is only free because you won't fix the goddam door
JesseCuster - 3/23/2022, 11:47 AM
@DrReedRichards - Well, he's not wrong though. The director keeps bringing up DC projects out of the blue. Now if this was the other way around, you'd be hypocritical and be losing a damn tooth that someone even remotely criticized Marvel. It's definitely funny that he's crying ethnic foul when he cast a Guatemalan actor as a Jewish character.
Spagett - 3/23/2022, 11:58 AM
@JesseCuster - I don't think he was involved in the casting, and I also don't remember any backlash when Oscar Isaac was cast as a Polish Jew Mossad ajent tracking down Adolf Eichmann is Operation Finale. He seems to get a free pass with this stuff, I had no idea he was Guatemalan until these articles the past few days.
JesseCuster - 3/23/2022, 12:09 PM
@DrReedRichards - But he's not a practicing Jew.

Troll even harder.
JesseCuster - 3/23/2022, 12:10 PM
@Spagett - Oh no, I love Oscar Isaac and I know he's going to kill it. But this is almost laughable how the director is going on lambasting DC projects when he's working with a company that initially casted Mandarin as a blonde-haired white man in Iron Man 3. It's all silly virtue signaling shit.
DrReedRichards - 3/23/2022, 12:34 PM
@JesseCuster -

"He's not a Jew!"
"Actually, about that, he kind of is?"
"WeLl He'S nOt EnOuGh!1!"

I believe trolling is your spiel, as is stalking apparently.
JesseCuster - 3/23/2022, 12:56 PM
@DrReedRichards - This is the thinnest argument yet.

Basically you're saying because he has a drop of Jewish from his father's ancestors, he qualifies as a Jewish man. That's like looking a white European person and saying "He could play Black Panther because he has a drop of African in his bloodline".

I dont even give a [frick] about Oscar Isaac playing a historically Jewish character, I'm just pointing out the double standard that this director and that you have.
DrReedRichards - 3/23/2022, 12:59 PM
@JesseCuster -

Sounds awfully presumptuous of you about my standards, seeing how I directly criticize his behavior in a later page on this very article.
JesseCuster - 3/23/2022, 1:01 PM
@DrReedRichards - But you have an issue with someone saying that DC's movies are seemingly rent free in his head? Which they are, cause this is the second random mention of them unprovoked.
DrReedRichards - 3/23/2022, 1:04 PM
@JesseCuster -

My cringe comes from the "rent free" phrase alone, regardless of context. It's just stupid in my book, seeing how it serves as a means to nullify any and all criticisms under the guise of "you're thinking of it so it's successful".

Case in point, this very movie.
JesseCuster - 3/23/2022, 1:18 PM
@DrReedRichards - No, he's thinking about DC rent free, which he is. Again, this is second time he brought them up unprovoked because of diversity reasons which he himself did not fulfill to the insanely high criteria that he's set upon DC. If you can't see the hypocrisy of that, I don't know how more brain-washed you could be.
DrReedRichards - 3/23/2022, 1:21 PM
@JesseCuster -

Oooooh, I get it now. So your issue is not with what he said, or with what Sam Jackson said, given our earlier thread. It's with whenever someone chooses to take a jab on DC, deservedly or otherwise.

Thank you for clarifying that pattern. Your projection about who's brainwashed makes perfect sense now.
JesseCuster - 3/23/2022, 1:32 PM
@DrReedRichards - Lmao, but you choose to ignore the fact that I don't like the majority of DC's film efforts. I recognize their universe is a mess, I recognize they still have a way to go. But fair is fair and hypocrisy is hypocrisy. This is all just hilarious coming from the guy who can't seem to criticize Marvel in any facet or any way, even when I brought up how they WHITE-WASHED an Asian character like Mandarin initially before taking ten years to fix that mistake.
DrReedRichards - 3/23/2022, 1:39 PM
@JesseCuster -

What do you want me to say, that Iron Man 3 sucks? It does, but I'll do you one better: Ragnarok is unbearably tone-deaf, and the first GotG is absurdly overrated due to its low expectations.
RentFree - 3/23/2022, 1:50 PM
@DrReedRichards - I really am living in your head rent free smh.
DrReedRichards - 3/23/2022, 1:51 PM
@RentFree -

Did you really just create a new account based on a single comment that I just made? I have to say, I'm flattered.
RentFree - 3/23/2022, 1:54 PM
@DrReedRichards -
DrReedRichards - 3/23/2022, 4:46 PM
@RentFree -

UniqNo - 3/23/2022, 7:41 AM
He's clearly got a point to make. Lets hope he don't fumble the bag.

He's not wrong though.
CyberNigerian - 3/23/2022, 7:47 AM
I have to admit, I hadn't noticed the lack of authenticity...but that's ignorance on my part. They pay researchers or consultants for films like this, right? We can all do better.

Does any one actually like Wonder Woman 1984?

One of the best things about this is that it went straight to streaming.

So it is not that embedded into public consciousness.

whynot - 3/23/2022, 9:04 AM
@CyberNigerian - wasn’t that bad tbh had a few cool action scenes. I think people just held the original on two high of a pedestal that no sequel could live up to. They should have just done cheetah vs WW movie and got rid of the wishing storyline
eGGtheGreat - 3/23/2022, 7:47 AM
WW84 was a disgrace to everyone
Mercwitham0uth - 3/23/2022, 7:51 AM
@eGGtheGreat - Agreed. I watched an hour of it and gave up.

The previous WW film was good but 84 was ass.
eGGtheGreat - 3/23/2022, 9:10 AM
@Mercwitham0uth - yup
Gmoney84 - 3/23/2022, 7:50 AM
He’s not wrong.
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