James Cameron Calls ‘Wonder Woman’… a Step Backwards?

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Director James Cameron poses for a portrait in Manhattan Beach, California April 8, 2014. Cameron, best known as director of blockbuster films "Titanic" and "Avatar", has appealed to well-known Hollywood actors to act as correspondents for new Showtime documentary "Years of Living Dangerously", which chronicles the human impact on the global climate and the consequences for humans of climate change. Picture taken April 8, 2014. To match story TELEVISION-CLIMATECHANGE/ REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT ENVIRONMENT PROFILE PORTRAIT) - RTR3KPA9

Today’s irrelevant, out of touch opinion is brought to us by director James Cameron (“Titanic”), who really dislikes “Wonder Woman.” In an interview with The Guardian promoting his latest film, “Terminator 2,” Cameron took a stab at “Wonder Woman” in a comparison to his own female “Terminator” character, Sarah Connor:

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!

I would like to know when exactly Wonder Woman had a Cover Girl moment during her recent film. Was it that time the Amazonian princess saved Steve Trevor from drowning? What about that time she told her entire male posse to wait while she dealt with some Nazis? It must have been that time she snuck her sword into a fancy Nazi party in the back of her dress. Oh wait, that was just smart.

When asked why the film industry is still so terrible with depictions of strong female characters, Cameron didn’t have an answer:

I don’t – I don’t know. There are many women in power in Hollywood and they do get to guide and shape what films get made. I think – no, I can’t account for it. Because how many times do I have to demonstrate the same thing over again? I feel like I’m shouting in a wind tunnel!

Helpful. In reality, “Wonder Woman” has been wildly successful, becoming the highest grossing live-action film helmed by a female director (Patty Jenkins), with critics and fans alike loving Gal Gadot as the Amazonian hero. The film may break another glass ceiling during awards season this year, as Warner Bros. contemplates an Oscars campaign for Jenkins as Best Director and the film for Best Picture.

Cameron is known for helming several film franchises that do, admittedly, feature several strong female characters. He’s written and directed all of the “Terminator” films, the “Alien” films and “Avatar,” which reportedly has four sequels planned for future release. They all feature badass Sigourney Weaver (“The Defenders”) in prominent roles. He’s also known for directing and writing “Titanic,” a 1997 romantic classic starring Kate Winslet (“The Reader”) and Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Wolf of Wall Street”).

You can catch the sequel to “Wonder Woman” Dec 13, 2019.

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Written by Selina Mixner

Selina is a queer, half-Filipina fangirl who loves TV, film and corgis a little too much. She graduated with a Bachelor's in Literature and Psychology from UC Santa Cruz. Her rules for writing are simple: is it tattoo-worthy? If not, try again.


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Phill Milner

95% of the people who paid to see Wonder Woman did not care about a female lead or a female director. Wonder Woman was, and always will be, an icon. She is a part of an expanding and VERY successful universe. Not sure why people were so surprised it made money. It’s a D.C. movie about a very popular super hero. Crediting the success of the movie to having a female director IS a step backward. It’s a step backward in the same way as saying “Terminator is only good because it had a male director.” Saying that Wonder Woman… Read more »


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