After the release of Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman last year, Terminator director James Cameron called the summer blockbuster a "step backwards." Both Jenkins and former Wonder Woman Lynda Carter rebuked the iconic director for his statements, but Gal Gadot, who currently plays Wonder Woman, remained silent. Now, she has explained why she didn't weigh in on Cameron's statements at the time.
"...I didn't want to give him the stage," Gadot told Entertainment Weekly. "First of all, I'm a big fan of his work. His movies are great. He was very innovative in many things that he did, and I've got nothing but great things to say about the creative and professional side of his work. When it happened, the timing of when it happened, he was promoting another movie of his. It was like he was looking for publicity and I just didn’t want to give him the stage."
At the time of his remarks, Cameron was promoting the 3D re-release of Terminator 2: Judgement Day. In his original statement, Cameron compared the character and sexualization of Wonder Woman unfavorably to Sarah Connor, one of the protagonists of the Terminator franchise. He has since stood by those remarks.
Jenkins' Wonder Woman, which released this past summer, broke several records over the course of its theatrical run and left theaters having earned over $800 million dollars.
Available now on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD, Wonder Woman stars Gadot as Diana, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Robin Wright as General Antiope, Danny Huston as General Erich Ludendorff, David Thewlis as Ares, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Elena Anaya as Doctor Poison, and Lucy Davis as Etta Candy. Wonder Woman 2 is slated to hit theaters Nov. 1, 2019.