Patty Jenkins Fires Back at James Cameron Over ‘Wonder Woman’ Criticism

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Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins on Thursday night hit back at James Cameron, who in a recent interview called the superhero film a “step backwards.”

In a tweet, she said “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.”

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In an interview published Thursday by The Guardian, Cameron said Hollywood’s “self-congratulatory back-patting” over “’Wonder Woman’ has been so misguided.”

He continued: “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.”

Cameron, who has featured strong women in leading roles, then praised his Sarah Connor character from “Terminator 2.” He said Connor “was not a beauty icon. She was wrong, she was troubled, she was a terrible mother, and she earned the respect of the audience through pure grit.”

His comments were immediately met by strong criticism on Twitter. Many called his remarks sexist.

In her response, Jenkins also referenced Cameron’s past praise of her film, “Monster,” in which Charlize Theron won the Academy Award for best actress that year for her gritty interpretation of serial killer Aileen Wuornos.

“His praise of my film … 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,” she wrote.

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  1. MEDIAWATCH CENTRAL says:

    Fake actors. Fake politics. Fake history. Fake junk. Britshit lesbian import flic with fraudulent box-office figures that went directly to DVD within a month of its doomed theatrical release, being marketed to an unwatching America as an American movie when it was certainly anything but American, obviously. Fake actors. Fake politics. Fake history. Fake junk.

  2. The problem with Wonder Woman was not the poor or positive portrayal of this iconic female superhero, it was the fact that it was forgettable garbage. It will fit in perfectly with the equally flawed Man of Steel and Batman v Superman movies of the franchise. A total of 435 minutes of my life that I will not get back. My advice, ask Marvel for some pointers.

  3. Sara Sage says:

    Patty is right in her comments. Wonder woman gave the story and added dimension to the person of Wonder Woman and her relationship with man.

  4. jg says:

    Wonder woman just wasn’t a very good movie. It gained popularity through shaming anyone who didn’t like it as being anti-feminist.

  5. Timely Comment says:

    Unpacking here— Cameron’s comment is a male Director alpha-dog smacking down the challenging upstart; Jenkins’ countering Tweet conflates Feminist beliefs with her WONDER WOMAN film.

    Baggage behind the content… but could see his “objectified” critique of this version of Diana Prince— she leaves Themyscira for Man’s World in a leather skirt that stops at her crotch and a breastplate 2 sizes too big for her when OTHER Amazonians are more ‘functional’ and less colorfully ‘showy’? And Jenkins’ defense of her cinematic accomplishment was right on the money for looking sociologically BEYOND a film’s Box Office take.

    (Having 2 ex-supermodels for her hit films, while pointing out Hollywood tropes, may not be too “Feminist” too? Then again, partial agreement with Cameron may also be just Y-chromosome solidarity…)

    Cameron versus Jenkins: it’s a clash of Directorial egos— beyond the commentary natterings, there should be a movie about it!!1!

  6. Cecil B da Mill says:

    Enraged Chesea Handler threaten James Cameron to a no holds barred smackdown on National TV.

  7. JR says:

    Connor was “Not a beauty icon”? Linda Hamilton was the star of the Beauty and the Beast tv show. Hint: She did not play the Beast.

  8. Frederick Louis Richardson says:

    William Moulton Marston in the early 1940s saw DC Comics dominated by superpower-endowed male characters as well as Batman. Marston’s wife, Elizabeth Holloway Marston inspired her husband to create a female superhero. Marston recommended an idea for a new kind of superhero, one who would conquer not with fists or firepower, but with love. “Fine,” said Elizabeth. “But make her a woman.” He introduced the idea to Max Gaines, co-founder of All-American Publications. Given the go-ahead, Marston developed Wonder Woman, basing her character on the unconventional, liberated, powerful modern women of his day.

    Bottom Line: Elizabeth spiritual influence on “the creator” of Wonder Woman often goes unsung.

    In 1943 Marston wrote: “Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don’t want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are. Women’s strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.”

    Less we forget, the comic-book-cum-motion-picture is a paradigm which many women (if far fewer than the population) are capable of miming in “a man’s world”–as yet–and what we read on the page and see on the screen is a dissolution of old ideas men had about women. Still, it’s only a movie.

    The conversation, here, is commentary on the state of the sexes with Cameron and Jenkins serving as archetypes. Real life is the movie, and it has than its share of writers.

  9. loco73 says:

    People are arguing over an imaginary character…yikes…

  10. Toni says:

    Y all are giving us a headache omg
    Be quiet and watch the movie. When you make a movie tell us maybe we’ll consider it.

    • Sandy says:

      Can we change the subject to the bay watch movie. Out soon on DVD.
      Gal and the big guy… split screen.

      • Sandy says:

        Wow I just can’t believe little patty jenkins made such a fab famous movie and sweet Kat bigelow made such famous movies. And all the dedicated hard working women ceo’s. You made it, so fab.
        Who said that famous line .
        Dream big.

  11. kevin says:

    I find it extremely sad that feminism today seems to be nothing more than misandry and a sales pitch by the entertainment industry.

  12. Andrew cucina says:

    Think about this when you watch wonder woman; at the end of the movie, she needed a man to help her “unleash” her real power (Steve dying is what got her to that point). So even with all this praise about how wonder woman shows a strong woman that other women can look up to, she still needed a man. Lmao

    • Toni says:

      No he needed a woman.

      • Rose says:

        I couldn’t agree more. The way a female super hero is portrayed in this film is as it should be in the modern times. But then again, you can’t please everybody. It’s always hard to earn acceptance in a male dominated filled. It’s called egoism, I believe. What’s important is that the worldwide audiences and the fans not only appreciated the film, but we celebrate ad honor the brilliant ways Patty has brought the character on the big screen. And Gal couldn’t be more perfect for the role.

  13. . says:

    Cameron knows women. He was married 5 times. Expert. Like Joss Whedon.

  14. Paula Brancato says:

    Behind every successful woman is an envious male or 2 or 3 waiting to take her out at the knees. The only surprise about Mr. Cameron’s comment is how long it took for him to say it. Must’ve killed him sitting on his hands and shutting his mouth for this long hearing all that praise. Let’s see who is foolish enough to jump in next! LOL This is like shooting fish in a barrel!

  15. Yes Sarah Connor was strong, and she was a good mother. she was forcibly locked up away from her son, and he admired and loved her. if he doesn’t understand his own character, how can he judge Wonder Woman?

    • Sunrider says:

      I think his opinion of his character might have been influenced by his failed marriage with the actress (Hamilton) who played Sarah? :D

  16. Disappointed says:

    The creator of WW (aka everything wrong with feminism because it’s just sexism with power dynamics reversed):

    “Edit
    William Moulton Marston’s philosophy of diametric opposites has bled into his design of his Wonder Woman mythology. This theme of diametrics took the form of his emphasis on certain masculine and feminine configurations, as well as dominance and submission.

    Marston’s “Wonder Woman” is an early example of bondage themes that were entering popular culture in the 1930s.[1] Physical and mental submission appears again and again throughout Marston’s comics work, with Wonder Woman and her criminal opponents frequently being tied up or otherwise restrained, and her Amazonian sisters engaging in frequent wrestling and bondage play. These elements were softened by later writers of the series, who dropped such characters as the Nazi-like blond female slaver Eviless completely, despite her having formed the original Villainy Inc. of Wonder Woman’s enemies (in Wonder Woman #28, the last by Marston).

    Though Marston had described female nature as being more capable of submission emotion, in his other writings and interviews[citation needed] he referred to submission as a noble practice and did not shy away from the sexual implications, saying:

    “The only hope for peace is to teach people who are full of pep and unbound force to enjoy being bound… Only when the control of self by others is more pleasant than the unbound assertion of self in human relationships can we hope for a stable, peaceful human society… Giving to others, being controlled by them, submitting to other people cannot possibly be enjoyable without a strong erotic element.”[17]

    One of the purposes of these bondage depictions was to induce eroticism in readers as a part of what he called “sex love training”. Through his Wonder Woman comics, he aimed to condition readers to becoming more readily accepting of loving submission to loving authorities rather than being so assertive with their own destructive egos.

    About male readers, he later wrote: “Give them an alluring woman stronger than themselves to submit to, and they’ll be proud to become her willing slaves!”[18]

    Marston combined these themes with others, including restorative and transformative justice, rehabilitation, regret and its role in civilization. These appeared often in his depiction of the near-ideal Amazon civilization of Paradise Island, and especially its Reform Island penal colony, which played a central role in many stories, and was the “loving” alternative to retributive justice of the world run by men. These themes are particularly evident in his last story, in which prisoners freed by Eviless, who have responded to Amazon rehabilitation and now have good dominance/submission, stop her and restore the Amazons to power.”

    Yeah, great role model.

  17. Lisa says:

    So women have to be bad mothers to match men being bad fathers?

  18. Tom says:

    Monster was a great film. i didn’t see Wonder Woman for the same reason I didn’t see Skull Island and won’t be seeing Avatar 2,3,4,5. I am a grown up.

    • kevin says:

      I never watched Avatar because I saw Fern Gully already. He basically remade a kids movie and tried to sell it as an adult film. James Cameron is WAY overrated. The Terminator and Alien movies were good, but that was a long time ago and he hasn’t done anything good since the 90’s. The Abyss was good until I watched the un-edited version which forever ruined that movie for me (if you like that movie, do not watch the un-edited version, it changes the movie completely and gives it a very dumb ending…..very, very, very dumb ending)

    • Cass says:

      Don’t worry. Anyone this self righteous def has some weird fetish or skeletons.

    • KB says:

      @Tom- you’re missing out with Kong Skull Island. That was a damn good action movie. I’m a grown up and I thoroughly enjoyed it as did my husband. There’s nothing wrong with being a grown up and watching different types of movies. I don’t know why you have a problem with it.

    • Bob says:

      Shall we bask in your self-righteous glory now, or later?

  19. Muhammad Bin Raping says:

    Social justice warriors eating each other. Good.

  20. RT says:

    Cameron’s women are essentially men with tits.

    • kevin says:

      Linda Hamilton is an awesome actress, and she doesn’t look like a man. Far stronger of a female character (Sarah Conner) than wonderwoman was, and Gal Gadot is far from being as good of an actress. Not praising Cameron (I hate that guy), but don’t bash Linda Hamilton (or her performance as Sarah Connor) because of the idiot Cameron. (Sigourny Weaver was is a great actress also, just not as strong of a female character in the Aliens movies)

      • kevin says:

        PSB, that is a damn fine argument. So I have to ask if you have seen Amelie (French film). Its a film about a extremely shy girl who makes a huge impact on the world around her, a great story with a female lead role (got to read subtitles though).

      • PSB says:

        I think the poster meant the *character* is a man with tits, not the gorgeous Linda Hamilton. There’s nothing quintessentially female about Sarah Conner’s brand of feminism. Often, male writers/directors write ‘strong’ female characters who are basically gender-bent male characters, erasing female qualities that women find strong and most men don’t (i.e. Compassion, forgiveness, etc.). Wonder Woman is a great feminist icon – not just because she kicks a$$, but because of her enormous capacity for empathy. Not all strength comes from physical dominance. It’s fine to have characters like Sarah Conner, as all kinds of women should be represented in media, but saying WW isn’t strong bc she’s not an emotionless bada$$ is where Cameron proves he doesn’t understand women.

  21. Pattyeatmycakethefatwhoresheis says:

    Patty who?

  22. It’s too bad Kathryn Bigelow is too classy for this shit, because I’m sure she has some things to say.

  23. Jacques Strappe says:

    Cameron is more arrogant jerk than not. While I don’t share his reason for criticizing Wonder Woman, I did think most film critics were overly generous to this very mediocre super hero film mostly because of the estrogen on and off screen. The female involvement in Wonder Woman is an awesome development and should be praised but I think film critics might have been overly generous with their assessment of the quality of the film because of the groundbreaking involvement of women on the film.

  24. Cass says:

    Male, baby boomers. honestly. They all start spewing ignorant shyt when they hit that old age.
    Would be comical, if not so stupid.

  25. Mike Strong says:

    Cameron should just keep his mouth shut about Wonder Woman. It got higher Rotten Tomatoes ratings than all but one of his movies. He has done plenty to hold back the idea of a woman being an icon and powerful and a leader. He has had plenty of films with visual effects ad nauseam with very little substance to the characters like the character of Diana and all her empathy and compassion.
    Wonder Woman is a love story in part (Diana and Steve). It is a story where a woman in 1911-1914 didn’t even have voting rights and were basically slaves to men. And it is a story of people who do things because of the goodness of their souls. Try to find that in many of Cameron’s movies.

    • Andrew cucina says:

      This loser mentioned rotten tomatoes like they aren’t biased, bahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!

    • Suit says:

      Lets see a love story, women were slaves to men, and set in the early 1900s. Thanks for bringing up Titanic haha

    • kevin says:

      That’s the problem. You are talking about woman injustice, not the horrible movie that wonderwoman was. Did you miss the horrible acting? the really bad and over done CG effects? The dumbing down of wonderwoman with the “boys have penises and girls have who who’s” 30 minutes of talk? Or that they treated Diana like a brainless child for over half of the movie? I agree that James Cameron is an idiot, and I personally though the Titanic movie was horrible (visually good, everything else horrible), but lets not pretend that this wonderwoman movie was about woman empowerment, because if it was then I agree that it was a step backwards. DC comics is not a womans empowerment movement and shouldn’t be seen as one

      • kevin says:

        LOL, I got lots of reasons to be angry….but really I am not. Truth is, maybe I was just disappointed in the WW movie, as it could have been much better. The acting was bad, and the story was bad (sorry you and I disagree on this, but it was really bad). I found it very sad that they couldn’t make the movie child friendly, and had to insert childish sexual dialogue that contributed nothing at all to the movie and made it not as child friendly as a WW movie should be. I in no way see how a sexualized female comic book character is somehow a feminist icon, especially the WW portrayed in this movie, who was treated like a mindless child for most of it. I didn’t like the corny lines like “that is no mans land…..” followed by “I am no man” = super corny.
        I am not really picking on this WW movie, as almost all movies recently have been very bad (I don’t sugar coat it). Many get mad at me when I say how horrible the new star wars movies were, or how the acting in them was absolutely horrible (not even sure how Harrison Ford became a bad actor again just for the Force Awakens movie – Daisy Ridley was pretty good though). There truly are GREAT movies out there in this world, but most skip over them for this kind of AAA garbage. I find It horrible that a well made movie like Amelie is rated lower by rotten tomatoes than WW, for example. Want to watch a good movie? Watch something made by Akira Kurosawa, not something made by Mike Myers …….That is basically the point I was trying to make.

      • Mike Strong says:

        Why are you such an ANGRY person? Gal was a wonderful actress in this movie…

      • kevin says:

        Yes horrible acting. Gal Gadot may be pretty but she is not a convincing actress. And she was the best actor/actress in the movie…..so yes, the horrible acting. I imagine that you have seen good acting before, and would agree that there no way is she getting an Oscar for her performance in this movie.

      • Mike Strong says:

        What horrible acting? Which movie were YOU watching ?

  26. tlsnyder42 says:

    MONSTER was a horrible movie fraught with a misunderstanding of objective morality. Cameron once called women whores, so his “feminism” smacks of the crazy Marxist ideology that crept into his last movie, AVATAR. WONDER WOMAN ended on a promotion of love that sounded very close to the love preached by Jesus Christ and by filmmakers in many movies, from THE BOSS BABY and the newest PIRATES movie to GOD’S NOT DEAD and THE WAR ROOM. Also, strangely enough, in such a “feminist” movie like WONDER WOMAN, the real protagonist turned out to be the male pilot who sacrificed his life for Wonder Woman so that she can continue to protect the world from evil (the title character in a movie is not necessarily the movie’s protagonist, in the traditional, technical sense).

    • phys3t3r says:

      Please watch the movie again, you obviously didn’t understand a thing.
      WW wasn’t infected at all by the gas, so she was not a “damsel” to be saved. Trevor destroyed the gas and giving his life in the process, because WW couldn’t fight Ares and destroy the gas at the same time. So its about saving some thousand lifes, which Trevor did, versus “…protect the world from evil”, what WW did.
      In addition Trevor even wouldn’t have been in Belgium at that certain facility without WW’s help. (No Man’s Land, anyone?)

  27. Rob says:

    I avoid women written or directed movies. As a man I wouldn’t understand them.

  28. Suit says:

    Yeah I think people missed the point on Camerons comment including Patty Jenkins.

    Hollywood has been patting it self on the back because of Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman is an iconic character. So how come it took 2017 for her to get her own movie? How many Batman and Superman movies came out already before Wonder Woman. A Wonder Woman should have been made 10 or 20 years ago maybe farther. Face it the movie would have never been made if Marvel hasn’t been making so much money at the boxoffice.

    Thats Camerons point. Hollywood should be ashamed that they have taken this long.

    As for WonderWoman being sexed up. Tell anybody to wear the costume Wonder Woman wears to an actual fight and see what happens.

    • tlsnyder42 says:

      Uh, Wonder Woman never was as popular as Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, or X-Men, or even Iron Man and Hulk (discounting Japanese manga comics which often are really a different genre). Also, DC has struggled with their movies, so it’s been hard for them to really capitalize on their characters other than Batman. So, to castigate Hollywood for this alleged problem is really counter-factual.

    • David Tye says:

      Very disjointed and illogical thinking. Cameron’s point about it being a step backward and your explanation about what his point was are completely opposite.

      • RT says:

        So Suit, what’s your explanation for him calling it “a step backward”. We’re left to imply by your rationale that the film simply shouldn’t have been made because it wasn’t made 20 years ago. How’s that reasonable?

      • Suit says:

        Did I mention his comment about it being a step backward? Nope im talking about him saying Hollywood is patting themselves on the back with the film.

        Lol yeah pretty easy to call my thinking illogical and disjointed. How about have some guts and actually explain it little boy.

  29. Fernando says:

    Yeah James Cameron, also go ahead and cancel those ridiculous two avatar sequels.

    Wait.. what?! You’re making FOUR sequels?!

    Maybe it’s your EGO that should take A STEP BACKWARDS.

    • tlsnyder42 says:

      Yes. To me, AVATAR looked like a cartoon when it got to depicting the planet’s aliens, so I really had a problem suspending my disbelief in watching it. George Lucas had the right idea when he made the first STAR WARS and made things look more realistic.

  30. kevin says:

    misandry has been spreading like wildfire, and these women need to stop spreading thier hate. I love wonderwoman, but the movie was not very good. Dumb childish sex jokes, and horrible acting mixed with a weak storyline made for a bad movie. The directing was alright, but not the best (way too much CG and it was very obvious). On the bright side, It was alot better than the Batman vs Superman movie (which to me is the worst movie made since love guru in 2008).

  31. Peter says:

    It is foolish to divorce the feminist issues from any film where a female is the lead. Those issues DO need discussion and DO need appraisal. Not to do so is to deny the purpose of art. Not to do so is to believe there is no cause or reason for feminism. One hundred years ago we gave women the right to vote, but did that make all things equal? Hardly. For starters, ask African-American women, Hispanic women, Native American women… Look, the portrayal of Wonder Woman was feminist-centric and it worked on many levels, not least of which is the empowerment of young women’s desires to be as strong, caring, themselves (!) as they want to be. That’s the secret of Wonder Woman – always was and, hopefully, will remain so. No one’s bimbo, still deeply feminine, motherly, caring, and strong – she’s been desirable as a role model for women and men for decades. What the heck is wrong with that?

    • kevin says:

      DC comics is not a feminist movement, nor should it ever be considered a feminist movement. They make good comic books and really bad movies…FOR MONEY (not feminism). I honestly wouldn’t let my 7 yr old daughter watch this horrible trash film (and we watch the Lynda Carter TV series when it is on). 30 minutes of stupid penis /vagina talk followed by the film treating Diana like an ignorant child. That is not feminism, It is just another dumb DC Comics film.

      • Mike Strong says:

        Why would you EVER dream of taking your 7 year-old daughter to a movie rated PG 13 ? That is horrible parenting.

    • . says:

      You can’t even watch a stupid movie without spewing political bullshit

  32. Kirth Gersen says:

    I am pretty sure 99,9% of the visitors just went to see Wonder Woman for entertainment and does not care about female or male directors, empowerment, diversity, gender and all other 2017 bs.
    So please, famous hollywood peeps, spare us your PC tweets. Make movies and keep your personal opinions to yourself. We do not care.

    • McCoy. says:

      WW great movie. Hope it wins awards.

    • Lisa says:

      But our personal opinion is we aren’t allowed to make movies. And if we ever, by chance, do, they’re criticized by white men who only like white men’s movies.

      • Haters says:

        Who is stopping you from making a movie. Why do you think you need permission. Go make one.
        Oh too much work for you easier to complain about the white man the 80 percent of the legitimate population.
        Well that’s not fair let’s get a Martian to direct. Still need a crew, you know the people that actually make the movie all the hard work, and producers that risk putting money where their mouth is. Where is your risk oh right pointing your finger like the fairy tale magic wand.

      • . says:

        White men invented movies. Say thank you.

      • kevin says:

        Make a decent movie and people will like it. I honestly don’t give a damn if it was written, or directed by a male or female. I like most, only care if it was a good movie. If you want great female directed movies, try something other than a DC comics movie because there are not very many good ones. There are many good movies directed by women (many award winning also), this movie isn’t one of them.

    • Sandy says:

      Exactly.

  33. P M says:

    Ah, the ladies of social media don’t realize they’ve been played – again. The digital release of Wonder Woman is coming out, and once again, the feminists of twitter are baited into talking about her, defending her, making her trend and sharing pictures from the movie. They are once again manipulated into providing free advertising and proving what so many normal women feel: wonder woman fans are really stupid.

    • Imon Welfare says:

      Lol yes baited by James Cameron he wants the sale of DVDs to be huge for wonder woman. Or maybe James Cameron can just be a dick sometimes.

  34. Sam says:

    The comments section has gone rogue.
    It’s all essays.
    Please 20 words or less this is coffee break time. Thanks.

  35. Sarah says:

    Cameron’s correct. Grow up. So you have to be a woman to understand a woman? Guess you have to be same race to understand another, too. Guess you’d have to be a man to understand what a man wants in a movie, eh? Your intentions are meaningless if it perpetuates the same stereotypes to an observer. Jenkin’s Typical 1-Way Polar Propaganda Agenda “Think ONLY As We Do And then We will ALLOW you to Be FREE” [insert cause here (race, gender, nationality, age, social caste] Liberal Feminist Chauvinist Pig reply. “Women are equal to men but ONLY women understand anything about women. AND ONLY women have the right to dictate to men how men should think about anything.” Yet same LIBERATED WOMAN will expect a clueless man to “Read Her Mind” and curse him if he misses every change of her mind. Inconsistent much? LOL. Hollywood makes the same crap and calls it “empowerment” by changing a character’s race/sex/whatever. How about actually creating something NEW with your empowerment instead of sponging off those you curse for being cavemen? Nah, just keep rebooting and making the cast younger until they all have umbilical cords. :-)

  36. Brenda W says:

    James Cameron’s big ego has spilled over to his big mouth. His sexist comments about women and pigeon-holing their characters in film is outrageous and tone deaf. Frankly, it’s disgusting.

    • Sam says:

      Jenkins is more in touch with the everyday person than the Cameron pedestal of material excess, Far far removed from the commoner.
      Congrats to all the Jenkins of directors.

      • Peeples says:

        Geez can people just take an opinion as jus6nt that. To me, there is sime truth in whay James Cameron said. WW may be a great fighter but shes fighting in skimpy clothing. thats a far cry from were more than our body movement. WW is still perpetutating a an age old stereotype ehere you have to be beautiful, sexy and wear clothing where you look like a pin up playboy.

  37. Ivan says:

    Cameron comes off in this as a little petulant and tone deaf.

    Then again, Ms. Jenkins stating that he doesn’t understand as he’s not a woman does the same for her.

    I would chalk this whole thing up to big Egos all around.

  38. Martin says:

    James Cameron is right…

    I saw “Wonder Woman” only because it promised some great ass and beautiful women doing work-outs.

    It kind of delivered: When I was at home again, I masturbated thinking of Gal Gadot.

    The movie worked for me.

  39. There is room for all kinds of female superheroes and wondering what Mr. Cameron would say about a superhero whose orgasm releases her superpower? There is room for all kinds of female superheroes! They are just getting started!

  40. davidlarson2848gmailcom says:

    So what is the takeaway, Mr. Cameron? It’s okay for Hollywood to give us an objectified male icon like Superman, but we should not afford a female icon the same opportunity? Perhaps you should keep your high-minded opinions to yourself, or petition DC to mutilate Superman’s genitalia.

    • Joey Z says:

      So how is Superman an objectified male icon? Are you saying to females? Not to mention isn’t this female objectification crap the stuff the femautistics have been whining about for years? Yet suddenly it’s OK when a woman director has done it? Makes no rational sense at all and is in fact hypocrisy in the highest magnitude.
      Also WTF does mutilating Superman’s genitals have to do with ANYTHING? It’s rather fcked up you even went there. Truly disturbing dude.

    • Joey Z says:

      So how is Superman an objectified male icon? Not to mention isn’t this female objectification crap the stuff the femautistics have been whining about for years? Yet suddenly it’s OK when a woman director has done it? Makes no rational sense at all and is in fact hypocrisy in the highest magnitude.
      Also WTF does mutilating Superman’s genitals have to do with ANYTHING? It’s rather fcked up you even went there. Truly disturbing dude.

  41. And simply denouncing Cameron’s opinion because he “is not a woman” is silly. Almost as silly as only crediting the female audience to making WW a box office hit.

  42. Really didn’t need to address this, did she? The film has recieved universal acclaim on all fronts and one person takes a dig and she does that. A tweet as well. Shame.

    • Pippy says:

      100% agree. Aren’t the film’s glowing reviews and record-breaking box-office enough? At what point does a filmmaker feel secure enough in their work where they don’t have to defend it from criticism?

  43. Dave F says:

    This guy is such a douche. He’s still mad about losing his balls when he lost the Oscars to his ex wife. Guess he had to talk crap about some amazing woman to fill his overrated ego. Dumbass!

    • Sam says:

      That was a crap movie people felt sorry for big but everyone likes her she’s a nice person but really the oscars have become an award for the unknown movies that don’t sell. Nobody cares when they go to a movie about awards. Some maybe not enough for a blockbuster. Money ? Awards?
      Money.

  44. Alicia says:

    Remember Sarah Connor’s thin tank top (and nude love scene) in Terminator (1984)? Or Ellen Ripley’s underwear scene in Alien (1979)?

    We never saw Diana Prince’s belly button, did we? Love scene? A chaste kiss then fade to black! ‘A step backwards’ indeed, lol.

    But seriously. Wonder Woman tried to stop the war even though she didn’t have to. She just wanted to help. That’s one definition of hero.

    Sarah Connor and Alien’s Ellen Ripley were forced to act because they had no choice. They’re also heroes.

    Goddess or mere mortal, beautiful or above average (none of these actresses are below average, lol), jaded or idealistic… There are all kinds of female heroes. Which is a good thing!

    People need to remember that Wonder Woman is based on an iconic comic book character… Strong, Beautiful and Good. Nothing wrong with that!

    Yes, she has superpowers (duh) but a fictional superhero who is idealistic and tries to do good can inspire men and woman as well as girls and boys – who may be a little too young for Terminator’s R-rated sex and violence.

    • Jude says:

      I think I agree with you. It’s different expressions of the same idea: “Women are as interesting and different as Men”. What’s also important to remember is that these films aren’t made in a vacuum. Wonder Woman is PG-13. Merchandising is very important to DC. Probably didn’t want to include any R-rated stuff so that their audience doesn’t shrink.

    • Roger says:

      In Cameron´s defense Alien (1979) was directed by Ridley Scott. Yet, we see her underwear in Aliens too.

      • tlsnyder42 says:

        The point of ALIEN was that the other characters were either robotic (one turned out to be an actual android, a robot that looks human) or emotionally oriented (like the two working class guys and the blonde lady in the movie, bout Ripley had a more balanced psyche/persona (smart as a whip AND sexy and compassionate). The movie asks, What does it mean to be human? The answer is to be both intelligent and emotional. To me, the movie is very Jungian in that respect.

  45. 1will says:

    When does it stop? Guys say 1 thing about girls in the workplace and he gets fired HR throws him through a loop of fire. But a girl comes out and says it, suck it up? equality my ass

    • Michael Anthony says:

      “Girls in the workplace”? Its men and women.

      Of course a man deserves to go to HR if hisctemarks are sexist and inappropriate. THE same would happen to a woman, if she made sexist remarks and there are plenty of cases that have already gone thru the courts in the past few decades. You fail to realize that women have been putting up with sexist treatment since they entered the work force en masse. The tables have begun to turn and you whine about it. Classy.

  46. Pete Marriott says:

    When James Camron finally get around to directing that Aquqaman movie featuring Vincent Chase then he will be qualified to talk about Wonder Woman. ;)

  47. Dave Netherton says:

    I hardly think James Cameron should be commenting on what Wonder Woman or any woman stands for. I mean the guy was married 5 times, clearly he doesn’t understand women. Wonder Woman is a character that can be heroic, courageous, strong & beautiful all at the same time. Why does he feel the need to marginalize the character or what Patty Jenkins was trying to do or say with the movie. Oh I remember he lost the Best Director Oscar for Avatar to Kathryn Bigelow that year for The Hurt Locker (one of his ex’s btw), sounds like his butt is still “hurt” over that. Coincidence he’s putting one of the best reviewed & received movies of the year down because it’s directed by a woman per chance, don’t think so!!! He sounds misogynistic to me just like a certain orange Oompa Loompa we all know. He should just shut the hell up and concentrate on making the next Avatar movie, which btw is out when, 2030???

    • Robert says:

      Your reply is awesome. Totally agree!

    • Michael Anthony says:

      THE # of times a person has been married is immaterial to how much or how little a person understands the the sex of the person they fall in love with. Not everyone gets married, but has just as many, if not more, multi year relationships. It takes two to tango in the world of love.
      I’m not defending Cameron, but the # of partners means little.

  48. Spike says:

    Cameron, go count your billions and leave the women filmmakers alone! YOU HAVE NO BLOODY RIGHT TO INVEIGH AGAINST A WOMAN MAKING A FILM ABOUT A WOMAN. YOUR BLOATED EGO MAKES YOU THINK YOU KNOW ALL ABOUT WOMEN BECAUSE YOU MADE TERMINATOR FILMS ABOUT TROUBLED WOMEN???????? WHAT THE HELL DO YOU KNOW ABOUT WOMEN, YOU OVERBLOATED POMPOUS ASS? GO TO HELL!

  49. Welp. Now we know what part of the movie Cameron was watching. Wonder Woman was so much more than he claims. Scene example:
    – In the gruesome trenches of World War I there was NO HOPE. The 100 yards was called “no mans land” (the pun is not lost on most of us). Yet when told it was impossible, Diana knows what she can do and knows what the right thing TO do is. So she storms the field. She grimly marches forward defying all expectations to take out the enemy entrenchment. And in doing so, she inspires all those who had lost hope. She didn’t need to be emotionally damaged to do this. She didn’t care about anyone else’s assessment of her abilities. She was both moral and physical strength personified.

    And if all Cameron saw was a woman in a short skirt and bustier in an action sequence, he missed the point of the scene.

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