‘Wonder Woman’: James Cameron Stands By His Controversial Comments


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 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 is in pre-production.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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The Justice League isn’t limited to the six members we saw in Zack Snyder’s film. The team has an expansive roster that features dozens of reserve characters ready to help the Justice League save the world on a moment’s notice.

With movies like the Green Lantern Corps and Shazam in the pipelines, it’s clear more heroes will be introduced to the DC Extended Universe soon. The Avengers featured a small team and it only grew as more characters were introduced into the Marvel movie universe. The Justice League is gonna need all the help it can get to fight Darkseid and keep the streets safe from lower-tier villains like Deathstroke and Joker.

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  • I don’t think it’s about the costume bu the fact that they felt the need to cast a drop dead gorgeous woman in put her in a, “revealing” costume as opposed to what he feels they did with Linda Hamilton; which was to cast an attractive, but real looking, woman and not emphasis her aesthetics. Sarah Conner was a character that had to overcome a lot and, in T2, had a lot of negative qualities that were portrayed along with her strength. Wonder Woman was never given any negative qualities to emphasize the likability of the character, I think in reaction to all the MoS and BvS issues people had. It does have the effect of making her character likeable but shallow, in my opinion. I don’t know if I would phrase the issue the same way but I can see where he’s coming from.

    • Tiago

      “she was wearing a kind of bustier costume that was very form-fitting”

      Meanwhile in his movies, Sarah Connor was wearing a tank top very form-fitting with no bra where we could see the shape of her bre asts and her ni pples.

      Not to mention that he showed the actress’s bre asts explicitly in a se x scene!

    • Jacob McMillan

      Uh what? They made sure Linda Carters boobs were out any chance they got.

  • Peter James

    You’re completely misunderstanding (and misstating) what he means.

    It’s not about the costume, nor even the fact that Gal Gadot was Miss Israel.

    It’s about what society chooses to value in women that’s manifested in how Hollywood presents female heroines and lead characters.

    He wasn’t even comparing Wonder Woman to the Terminator movies ( I don’t even know where you got that comparison from since he’s already stated he enjoyed the movie).

    His take was on how Sarah Connor as a character presented feminine strength and heroisim – however you might want to put – as being distinct and separate from what society tends to place as a premium on women, i.e their looks and superficial standards (thus the costume, the supermodel figure)
    Sarah Connor, the character is none of that (Despite Linda Hamilton obviously being an conventionally attractive woman), and her heroisim in her movie arose from her struggle and character act – much like it would for any typical make hero in any action movie.
    I would go as far as to say that Ripley from Aliens is much the same way,

    I don’t know why people are having such a difficult time understanding this and trying to force a comparison where there is none.

    Like it or not, part of Wonder Woman’s appeal as a character – going back to Lynda Carter and the comics – has always partly been rooted in her femininity and beauty as a woman.

  • Tiago

    “she was wearing a kind of bustier costume that was very form-fitting”

    Meanwhile in his movies, Sarah Connor was wearing a tank top very form-fitting with no bra where we could see the shape of her bre asts and her ni pples.

    Not to mention that he showed the actress’s bre asts explicitly in a se x scene!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e51a1a90c16aa1ce23fcd664d24571f9edfbb39abc51507761d2151e85d03c44.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7be1336f8d63ee1a605923b9aa9a00b67266082c6b57e65646fd503694798bde.jpg


  • Tiago

    I think the difference is clear how the directors portray their characters and who objectifies more women. In the Sarah Connor’s se x scene it is clear the so called MALE GAZE: