As the fourth installment in a critically controversial superhero franchise, Patty Jenkins was under some serious pressure to deliver with this year's Wonder Woman film. As the first big screen adaptation of a 70-year-old pop culture and feminist icon, both curiosity and doubt surrounded Gal Gadot's ability to carry her own film, and rumors questioning the project's quality were constantly coming out.
But then everything changed when the movie hit theaters. People completely fell in love with the story that shined a spotlight on Diana Prince as one of the most inspiration fictional characters out there. However, as it usually happens in the movie world, not everyone shared the same opinion. There were people who just couldn't get on board with the film, and one of them was #JamesCameron.
James Cameron Wasn't Happy With 'Wonder Woman' For This Reason
The director recently sat down for an interview with The Guardian to promote the 3D release of Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Given his part in creating strong female characters like Sarah Connor, #Avatar's Neytiri and Rose, from #Titanic, Cameron was asked how he felt about the heavy praise directed at Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman.
Cameron revealed he wasn't a fan of the movie. For him, #DianaPrince was a misguiding female hero, as she was simply an objectified character that lacked the psychological troubles supposedly needed to consider her strong:
"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!"
Does that statement strike you as, well, misguided? Don't worry, you aren't the only one. Cameron basically said there's only one way to make women strong, and that's presenting them as aggressive, damaged individuals. His questionable comments caused a massive stir online, and a mass of fans took to social media to share their displeasure. The situation continued to escalate, to the point where it reached the ears of #PattyJenkins.
Don't Worry, Patty Jenkins Gave The Perfect Response
Jenkins herself stepped in by responding with a letter –– which she shared through Twitter. In her message, the director called out Cameron for his misunderstanding of the character in the most woke and feminist way possible:
I loved Jenkins' response, because she poses a great question that relates to the constant and frustrating misrepresentation of women in the entertainment industry: Why is there just a set personality to indicate a woman is strong? Women can't be encased in just one personality, and it's just incredible to see some people still believe that.
Jenkins wasn't alone in her sentiment. While there were people taking Cameron's side, no shortage of Wonder Woman fans made sure to voice their opinion in support of the movie, and the character's impact in society:
Even Susan Eisenberg, the actress who's lent her voice to the character in multiple mediums for the past two decades (most notably in Bruce TImm's #JusticeLeague cartoon), came out to defend Jenkins and her take on Wonder Woman:
Seeing fans come together like this is quite impactful, and it's refreshing to realize that so many people out there understand the purpose of an icon like Wonder Woman. Her appearance doesn't in any way impact her status as hero. The whole point of the character and her new solo film is to show people that beauty and power come from within, not from your appearance or personality.
So far, Cameron hasn't addressed the situation, but we'll keep you updated.
What do you make of James Cameron's comments regarding strong women in entertainment? Was he right, was he wrong? Let me know in the comments!
[Source: The Guardian]