James Cameron is in the middle of what is arguably the busiest, most daunting production schedule ever taken on by a director, directing four Avatar sequels in twin blocks over the next 10 years, producing Robert Rodriguez’ Alita: Battle Angel, and working closely on producing a sixth Terminator film with Tim Miller directing and Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton returning.
But Cameron is still not invisible to controversy, sparking up some last month with his comments about Wonder Woman and how he saw Gal Gadot’s performance as a “step back” for female empowerment. The comments sparked heated backlash on the internet, and were fiercely rebuttled by Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins.
Recently, James Cameron and Tim Miller sat down with The Hollywood Reporter for a conversation piece making up the magazine’s new cover issue. In the interview, Cameron went back through his comments and seemed unafraid to back down.
“[On him saying Gal Gadot was an “objectified icon”] Yes, I’ll stand by that. I mean, she was Miss Israel, and she was wearing a kind of bustier costume that was very form-fitting. She’s absolutely drop-dead gorgeous. To me, that’s not breaking ground. They had Raquel Welch doing stuff like that in the ’60s. It was all in a context of talking about why Sarah Connor — what Linda created in 1991 — was, if not ahead of its time, at least a breakthrough in its time. I don’t think it was really ahead of its time because we’re still not [giving women these types of roles].”
Whether you like Cameron’s filmography or even like him as a person, most can admit that his reaffirmation that someone like Sarah Connor trumps Wonder Woman just because of a different costume is weird. In this writer’s opinion, they are wildly different characters and represent different sides of what female characters can be. They are also in completely different movies and the idea that one is greater than the other is a matter of personal opinion and shouldn’t inform massive creative decisions moving forward.
In the meantime, Cameron is hard at work, and we will be watching closely to see if he makes any more words on Wonder Woman, female characters and how it all should be. But one thing is clear: Cameron is not the be-all-and-end-all of how to create strong females.
Avatar 2, 3, 4 & 5 are all set for release in the December months of 2020, 2021, 2024, & 2025, respectively. Alita: Battle Angel is in cinemas July 20, 2018. Terminator 6 is in pre-production.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter