James Cameron isn’t buying in to Hollywood’s heaping praise on Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman.”
The famed “Titanic” director sunk Tinseltown’s love affair with the blockbuster superhero flick by dismissing its praise as “misguided,” and claiming that the hot heroine’s objectification was a “step backwards” for women in film.
“All of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood’s been doing over ‘Wonder Woman’ has been so misguided,” he told the Guardian. “She’s an objectified icon, and it’s just male Hollywood doing the same thing! I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie, but to me, it’s a step backwards.”
The Oscar-winning Cameron, 63, cited one of his own characters, Sarah Connor of “The Terminator” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” as a better example of a well-rounded female character because she was not known for her beauty, and could therefore exert a more meaningful influence over viewers.
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“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,” he said. “And to me, (the benefit of characters like Sarah) is so obvious. I mean, half the audience is female!”
Patty Jenkins, the director of “Wonder Woman,” called Cameron’s comments “unsurprising” as he “is not a woman.”
“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.”
“There is no right and wrong kind of powerful woman,” she continued.
Cameron has been married five times, including once to Connor’s portrayer, Linda Hamilton, and once to Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, who beat him in the Oscar race for Best Director in 2010.
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He’s currently married to actress Suzy Amis, and said their union works because she still believes she needs him — even if she really doesn’t.
“Being attracted to strong independent women has the downside that they’re strong independent women — they inherently don’t need you!” he said. “Fortunately, I’m married now to a strong independent woman who does believe she needs me.”
Despite Cameron’s take on “Wonder Woman,” it seems the rest of the world does not think the same. The superhero flick is the highest-grossing live-action film ever directed by a woman, and has raked in more than $ 800 million at the global box office.
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