James Cameron is calling Wonder Woman“a step backwards” of what should be done in the superhero industry, inciting backlash from Twitter users and a response from the film’s director Patty Jenkins.
There is no question about the success of the DC Extended Universe film starring Gal Gadot when it comes to numbers but there are those who are still not impressed at its intended message for the audience.
One of them is Titanic director James Cameron who believe that “all of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood’s been doing over Wonder Woman has been so misguided.”
Speaking to The Guardian, the 63-year-old film maker is making much noise online with his striking statement about Warner Bros.’ highest grossing film for 2017.
According to Cameron, the latest live action movie adaptation of the popular comic book superhero is actually “a step backwards.”
“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.”
At the time, James Cameron also compared Gadot’s iconic role to one of his brainchildren: Sarah Connor from the Terminator franchise.
“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!”
While his opinion may be valid, such strong statements against one of the most popular heroine of all time has made him a villain in the eyes of Wonder Woman fans as they take to social media to express their disgust at what he said.
One even recalled a line from Patty Jenkins’ movie that perfectly described the situation with the Terminator helmer.
“‘Be careful in the world of men, Diana, for they do not deserve you.’ James Cameron proving how relevant #WonderWoman is,” Twitter user @AustinCTweets wrote.
Others ridiculed the director’s taste in what he considers a good movie compared to what is not.
On top of that, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins herself reacted to Cameron’s statement, saying that is was “unsurprising” that he didn’t understand the film’s message since he isn’t a woman.
“I believe women can and should be EVERYTHING just like male lead characters should be. There is no right and wrong kind of powerful woman.”
Meanwhile, Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot shared her thoughts about feminism in the August 25 issue of Rolling Stone, explaining that the she and the rest of those behind the blockbuster movie had to deal with misogyny in a non-preaching way.
“Being a woman is a strength in so many ways.”
At the time, she also shut down body-shamers and naysayers that deemed her too thin for the role and even revealed how she was able to do reshoots even while pregnant with her second child, as reported by the Inquisitr.
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