Director James Cameron won’t be backing down anytime soon from the comments he made recently regarding Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman movie, calling his words “a simplistic remark.” He criticized the film as “a step backwards” regarding how it portrayed a female lead, which in turn led to Jenkins defending the movie. Now, Cameron has added fuel to the fire as he continues to compare DC’s iconic hero with the Sarah Connor character he created for his Terminator franchise, adding “I’m not walking it back…” a reference to his earlier statement.
Answering a questuion asked by The Hollywood Reporter about calling the film’s heroine Gal Gadot “an objectified icon,” Cameron said, “Yes, I’ll stand by that. I mean, [Gadot] 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].”
When Cameron first made the comparison between Wonder Woman and the character Linda Hamilton brought to the big screen, Jenkins responded in kind, reminding the director that not every female character had to be “hard, troubled and tough to be strong.” With Terminator 6 now landing a release date and Hamilton reprising her role as Connor, Cameron continues to take shots at Hollywood, which he believes tends to cast beauty icons for big commercial action films in order to appeal to male teenagers.
“Linda looked great. She just wasn’t treated as a sex object. There was nothing sexual about her character. It was about angst, it was about will, it was about determination. She was crazy, she was complicated. … She wasn’t there to be liked or ogled, but she was central, and the audience loved her by the end of the film,” he added. “So as much as I applaud Patty directing the film and Hollywood, uh, ‘letting; a woman direct a major action franchise, I didn’t think there was anything groundbreaking in Wonder Woman. I thought it was a good film. Period. I was certainly shocked that [my comment] was a controversial statement.”
The as-yet untitled sixth film in the Terminator franchise, starring Hamilton as Sarah Connor, arrives in theaters July 26, 2019.
Wonder Woman has grossed $819.5 million worldwide. The sequel, which will reteam Jenkins and Gadot, is in development for release on Dec. 13, 2019.
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