Warner Brothers' blockbuster hit Wonder Woman, which was lauded by feminist and left-wing commentators, was secretly bankrolled by the libertarian billionaire Koch Brothers.
"Though they might be the most reviled figures among Hollywood's liberal crowd, the Koch brothers have been a silent investor in Warner Bros.' slate of movies for four years," the Hollywood Reporter reported Wednesday.
Sources told the Hollywood Reporter that Charles Koch and David Koch invested $450 million in RatPac-Dune Entertainment, a film venture taken on by then-hedge fund manager and film producer Steve Mnuchin before he joined President Donald Trump's administration as treasury secretary.
Their investment in the private slate financing facility has also led the Kochs to hold financial stakes in the summer blockbuster Dunkirk and in Steven Spielberg's upcoming Ready Player One.
RatPac-Dune did not respond to the Hollywood Reporter‘s request for comment, but a spokesperson for Koch Industries denied the brothers' and their company's involvement in an investment.
Wonder Woman was heralded by those normally opposed to the Kochs' political agenda. "Wonder Woman is the perfect hero for the Trump era," the Washington Post wrote.
The film even got frequent shoutouts from former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who compared herself to the lasso-wielding heroine and even managed to get a private showing at Brooklyn's Alamo Theater.
Wonder Woman‘s feminist credentials were bolstered when the titular character's tiara (trademark of DC Comics) was added to the Fearless Girl statue on Wall Street (an advertisement for State Street Global Advisors).