Wonder Woman was a box office and critical success when it was released in theaters in May, earning close to $800 million. The titular character was portrayed by Israeli actress Gal Gadot, which deterred some on the left who were more sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. However, the film that portrays a superhero as a badass woman might be ruined for liberals and progressives as it appears the movie was secretly bankrolled by the Koch brothers.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Charles and David Koch, who are worth a combined $96.2 billion, invested in a significant stake to the tune of tens of millions of dollars in the production company, RatPac-Dune Entertainment. The Koch brothers are known to back Republican and conservative politicians, and are thus reviled by much of liberal Hollywood.
It all began when now-Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin brought the Koch brothers in on a $450 million deal in 2013. The move was never disclosed because RatPac-Dune is a private company. And although Mnuchin is no longer involved in the deal, having put his stake in a blind trust to avoid a conflict of interest, the Koch brothers along with the world’s richest man, Bill Gates, remain.
Together, they funded such films as Wonder Woman, Dunkirk, Steven Spielberg’s upcoming movie Ready Player One. Spielberg isn’t really known for his politics, but he usually supports Democratic political candidates. In 2016, he supported Hillary Clinton for president and donated $1 million to the pro-Clinton super PAC, Priorities USA.
One particular film that was backed by the Koch brothers via RatPac-Dune was Ben Affleck’s Live by Night in 2016. In addition to Affleck being an active Democrat who’s campaigned for Barack Obama and a number of other liberal politicians, Leonardo DiCaprio, the most vocal actor in the fight against climate change, co-produced the Affleck film.
The Koch brothers, who own 84 percent of Koch Industries, are held in low regard among the liberal crowd for their efforts to undo environmental regulations and are roundly criticized for polluting the planet through their company.