Avatar director James Cameron has come out with an attack on Wonder Woman, saying the success of the film is “misguided” despite the Patty Jenkins-directed and Gal Gadot-led flick being crowned the most successful superhero origin story of all time on the big screen.
Earning praise from some of the industry’s heaviest hitters wasn’t enough to convert Cameron into a fan, with the Academy Award winner saying: “All 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.”
It’s odd to hear Cameron say that the film was “male Hollywood” when it was led by a female director. He went on to compare Gadot’s performance to that of Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day; a film he worked on.
“Sarah Connor was not a beauty icon,” he explained. “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 value of Sarah] is so obvious. I mean, half the audience is female!”
Luckily, the promise of the DC hero has been seen by many other people, famous or not. Cameron is the minority when it comes to the character, and we imagine this is just the start of the Wonder Woman journey.