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Wonder Woman is one of the most successful comic book movies of all time, not just in terms of Box Office numbers and critical reception, but also for what the film stands for. Wonder Woman is directed by a woman — Patty Jenkins — has a woman as its lead (what more, a non-white woman) — Gal Gadot — and has some powerful feminist themes. This is a powerful movie. 

 

However, legendary filmmaker James Cameron begs to differ. In an interview with Guardian, Cameron had this to say:

All of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood’s been doing over Wonder Woman has been so misguided. She’s an objectified icon, and it’s just male Hollywood doing the same old thing! I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie but, to me, it’s a step backwards. Sarah Connor was not a beauty icon. She was strong, she was troubled, she was a terrible mother, and she earned the respect of the audience through pure grit. And to me, [the benefit of characters like Sarah] is so obvious. I mean, half the audience is female!

Clearly, James Cameron, who once said “Terminator Genisys is a good movie” doesn’t understand what being a strong female character is about. It isn’t Hollywood’s praise of Wonder Woman that is misguided, but rather his idea of feminism. You don’t have to be a not-good looking, cigarette smoking, broken, shitty mom to be a strong female character. You CAN, but you DON’T HAVE TO. Wonder Woman highlights that you can be innocent and slightly naive; you can be beautiful and in love, and still be a strong female character.

Most of the internet thought so too and hit back at James Cameron, big time!

 

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Alicia Malone is also the author of Backwards and in Heels

 

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Even the director of Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins provided her two cents.