James Cameron continues to pound Wonder Woman. Twitter mounts Amazonian counter-attack
James Cameron, director of two of the biggest hits of all time, has continued his attack on Wonder Woman, the widely acclaimed superhero film starring Gal Gadot.
James Cameron, director of two of the biggest hits of all time, has continued his attack on Wonder Woman, the widely acclaimed superhero film starring Gal Gadot. In August, the Avatar and Titanic director had labelled Wonder Woman ‘a step backward’ for women in films.
When asked by the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday if he stood by his comments, he said yes.“I mean, she was Miss Israel, and she was wearing a kind of bustier costume that was very form-fitting. She’s absolutely drop-dead gorgeous. To me, that’s not breaking ground. They had Raquel Welch doing stuff like that in the ’60s,” he said.
Cameron’s original complaint was that Wonder Woman, as played by Gadot, wasn’t as ‘real’ a female character as the one played by Linda Hamilton in his Terminator films.
Patty Jenkins, director of Wonder Woman, in her response to Cameron’s comments, had argued that not all female characters had to look “hard, troubled and tough to be strong.”
To which Cameron responded in the Hollywood Reporter interview: “Linda looked great. She just wasn’t treated as a sex object,” he said.
“There was nothing sexual about her character. It was about angst, it was about will, it was about determination. She was crazy, she was complicated … She wasn’t there to be liked or ogled, but she was central, and the audience loved her by the end of the film,” he continued.
“So as much as I applaud Patty directing the film and Hollywood, uh, ‘letting’ a woman direct a major action franchise, I didn’t think there was anything groundbreaking in Wonder Woman. I thought it was a good film. Period.”
Cameron does, however, have an amendment to make. “It was probably a little bit of a simplistic remark on my part,” he said, “and I’m not walking it back, but I will add a little detail to it, which is: I like the fact that, sexually, she had the upper hand with the male character, which I thought was fun.”
On Wednesday it was announced that Cameron had begun production on his long-awaited Avatar sequels at a budget of $1 billion.
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