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!
Twitter when James Cameron comes for Wonder Woman. pic.twitter.com/Ath1nlSAkk
— Shannon Coulter (@shannoncoulter) August 25, 2017
Tweets by film journalists and pundits.
Things James Cameron has said:
"Wonder Woman is a step backwards."
"Terminator Genisys is good."
— Chris Stuckmann (@Chris_Stuckmann) August 24, 2017
Maybe the fat-shamer from the boat movie should stick to Pandora. https://t.co/IivRfgPYgn
— Mark Ellis (@markellislive) August 24, 2017
Criticism is never effective when it's followed immediately with "But you know who did it better? ME!!" Back to Pandora, Mr. Cameron! https://t.co/E3lZsPBX94
— Dan Murrell (@MurrellDan) August 24, 2017
Wonder Woman doesn't step backwards. pic.twitter.com/OKImLqIKjK
— Tom Taylor (@TomTaylorMade) August 24, 2017
One of the main reasons I liked Wonder Woman was the fact that she wasn’t objectified. Reading that article like
— Alicia Malone (@aliciamalone) August 25, 2017
Alicia Malone is also the author of Backwards and in Heels.
Even the director of Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins provided her two cents.
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) August 25, 2017