In a nutshell, the director recently stated that he believes that the movie is a step backwards in terms of female rep in Hollywood; receiving criticism of his own from director Patty Jenkins. But he refuses to budge on his view:
“I mean, she was Miss Israel, and she was wearing a kind of bustier costume that was very form-fitting. She’s absolutely drop-dead gorgeous. To me, that’s not breaking ground,” Cameron told THR.
He also responded to Jenkin’s comments, stating that:
If women have to always be hard, tough and troubled to be strong, and we aren’t free to be multidimensional or celebrate an icon of women everywhere because she is attractive and loving, then we haven’t come very far have we.
“So as much as I applaud Patty directing the film and Hollywood, uh, ‘letting’ a woman direct a major action franchise, I didn’t think there was anything groundbreaking in Wonder Woman,” he added. But he doesn’t think that Wonder Woman was a bad film though, saying that it “was a good film. Period”.
Didn’t stop Jenkins from hitting back though:
“There is no right and wrong kind of powerful woman. And the massive female audience who made the film a hit it is, can surely choose and judge their own icons of progress,” she responded in her initial response to Cameron’s criticisms.
Cameron is currently hard at work on his four Avatar sequels, the first of which is set to arrive 18 December 2020, as well as having recently discussed the possibility of a Terminator reboot.
As for Wonder Woman, a sequel is on its way and its quite likely Patty Jenkins will be at the helm of that one as well.