Are the Koch Brothers Secretly Invested in 'Wonder Woman'?

Hollywood report claims the mega donors known more for supporting conservative causes may also be silent partners in Warner Bros., with a little help from Steve Mnuchin

Gal Gadot in Los Angeles, California U.S. on May 25, 2017.
Gal Gadot in Los Angeles, California U.S. on May 25, 2017. Mario Anzuoni/REUTERS

Are the Koch brothers silent investors in Wonder Woman? According to a report from the Hollywood Reporter, the Republican mega-donors have investments in Warner Bros. as part of a deal orchestrated by former Hollywood-exec turned U.S. Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin.

According to the report, the Koch brothers' investment saw them contribute funds to such projects as Wonder Woman, the highly anticipated World War II film Dunkirk, and even Steven Spielberg's newest Ready Player One.

The report said that four years ago, the Koch brothers' firm bought tens of millions of dollars' worth of stake in the RatPac-Dune Entertainment company, which is partially owned by Munchin and has a deal to co-fund films with Warner Bros. The deal was not made public as the Hollywood production company is a privately owned.  

The news is raising some eyebrows in the famously liberal Hollywood, where the Koch brothers' political involvement has turned them into what the Hollywood Report said was among the "most reviled" figures in the American political landscape.

Moreover, Wonder Woman, this summer's blockbuster starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot, was interpreted by many as a feminist film and has been embraced by some women's groups to champion their causes. The film was one of the highest grossing movies by a female director, and all-female screenings of the film have been organized with proceeds donated to Planned Parenthood.

Meanwhile, the Koch brothers, who are said to be worth a total of $96.2 billion dollars, have been previously reported to have donated to anti-choice groups and politicians.

A source familiar with Koch Industries' involvement with Warner Bros. explained to the Hollywood Reporter that "they're in it to make money." However, a spokesperson for Koch Industries seemed to deny the report, saying, "Charles Koch, David Koch and Koch Industries do not have any involvement with this investment."