James Cameron Considers 'Wonder Woman' as A Step Backwards
Posted 2017/08/24 2262 0
The Titanic director didn’t think the success of Wonder Woman was a watershed moment for the movie industry.
“Wonder Woman” has received overwhelmingly positives notices, was a box office behemoth, and is even getting an Oscar push from Warner Bros. It is acclaimed for all sorts of reasons, for being the highest-grossing live-action film directed by a woman, for finally giving comics' most iconic female hero her own movie and for just being an all-around good film. However, legendary director James Cameron has made some eye raising statements about DC’s smash hit film Wonder Woman, suggesting the film is not the progressive, feminist triumph it’s been widely hailed as, but actually objectifies women. Here's what James Cameron had to say in an interview with the Guardian:
“All of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood’s been doing over Wonder Woman has been so misguided. 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. 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!”
In the interview, Cameron namechecked female roles he created, like Linda Hamilton's Sarah Connor in The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
"Sarah Connor was not a beauty icon," he said. "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!”
The Guardian then asked: “So why are movies still so bad when it comes to depicting powerful women?”
“I don’t — I don’t know," Cameron replied. "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 is currently working on four Avatar sequels, for which release dates were recently revealed — Avatar 2 won't hit until December 18, 2020. The villain for the sequels was also recently revealed. Cameron has also recently discussed the possibility of a Terminator reboot, as well as a possible role for original star Arnold Schwarzenegger in those new films.
Wonder Woman, for which Warner Bros. and DC confirmed a sequel at San Diego Comic-Con, has continued to break box office records ahead of its release on home video. Most recently passing the $800 million worldwide box office mark, as well as the $400 million domestic mark, Wonder Woman has become the highest-grossing superhero origin film domestically ever.
The DC superhero film also recently became the highest-grossing blockbuster of the 2017 summer season, the biggest domestic hit of the DC Extended Universe, and the highest-grossing film by a female director.
WB is reportedly eyeing an Oscar campaign for Wonder Woman and the film's director Patty Jenkins is reportedly close to a historic deal to direct Wonder Woman 2.