With Terminator’s Sarah Connor, James Cameron helped bring one of the strongest female heroes in history to life on the big screen. Well, he’s seen Wonder Woman, and he apparently has some thoughts.
While speaking to the Guardian, Cameron (Avatar, Terminator) said he felt DC’s most successful superhero flick in the modern era was a “step backward” for female representation in film. Which is, umm, definitely an interesting angle compared to how most fans feel about the project. Essentially, Cameron said he believes Wonder Woman focused a bit too much on turning Gal Gadot’s Diana into a “beauty icon.” Which, sure, Gadot is obviously a lovely lady — but that also fits with the character of Wonder Woman. She looks great, and can kick everyone’s butt while doing it.
Here’s the choice excerpt from his comments:
“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! 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!”
Cameron will likely get some backlash for these comments, and yeah, he does seem to miss some of the point of what Wonder Woman stands for. What do you think? Does Cameron have a point, or is he way off base on this one?