Patty Jenkins fires back at James Cameron for dissing Wonder Woman

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Sep 3, 2019, 7:37 AM EDT (Updated)

Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins has fired back at James Cameron after he commented that the superhero movie was a step backward for female heroes. 

Cameron made waves saying he believes Wonder Woman was too focused on creating a "beauty icon" to make a strong female character. Taking to Twitter, Jenkins didn’t mince words in response to the Oscar-winning director's critique, saying Cameron doesn't understand the movie or the character of the Amazonian Princess, adding that a strong woman can take all kinds of forms (including the form of Gal Gadot).

Check out Jenkins' response, excerpted below:

“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 for 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 and judge their own icons of progress.”

It comes as no surprise that the Avatar director’s jab at Wonder Woman is drawing the wrath of fans of the movie and the beloved feminist icon. It's great to see Jenkins go to bat for the film, but the box-office numbers speak for themselves. Wonder Woman has been a critical and commercial success and, whether Cameron sees it or not, has inspired a whole lot of young women already.

What do you think of Patty Jenkins’ response?