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'Wonder Woman' Director Responds After James Cameron Calls Film 'Step Backwards'

'Wonder Woman' director Patty Jenkins is responding after James Cameron criticized the film and called the superhero "an objectified icon."

"All of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood's been doing over Wonder Woman has been so misguided," Cameron told the Guardian. "It's just male Hollywood doing the same old thing."

Cameron said he thought Gal Gadot's character was more about beauty than authenticity.

"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."

In a response to the 'Avatar' director's comments, Jenkins says Cameron is missing the point of the movie -- partly because he's a man.

"James Cameron's inability to understand what Wonder Woman is, or stands for, to women all over the world is unsurprising as, though he is a great filmmaker, he is not a woman."

"Strong women are great. His praise of my film Monster, and our portrayal of a strong yet damaged woman was so appreciated. But 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?"

"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. And the massive female audience who made the film a hit it is, can surely choose to judge their own icons of progress."

The 'Wonder Woman' sequel is set to be released on December 19, 2019.

August 25, 2017 |

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