James Cameron has an opinion of the new Wonder Woman movie that not a lot of the fans will agree with. He believes the film's praise is misguided and that the representation of the character is a step back for female representation in film.
Cameron loves putting strong female lead characters in his film two of his most famous are Ripley from Aliens and Sarah Connor from Terminator. You can't say the guy doesn't know how to develop a badass female character!
While many fans have applauded Wonder Woman for being a strong character that woman and girls can look up to as a role model, Cameron had this to say:
"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!"
Did Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman not earn a certain amount of respect from the audience? I think she did! She is a completely different kind of character than Sarah Connor and you really can't compare the two because they both have two completely different backgrounds. Wonder Woman earned the respect of the audience through her heroism. Just because your a beautiful Amazonian warrior princess doesn't mean you can show grit or be troubled because she totally did show those things.
I'm a huge fan of Cameron and his films, but I'm having a hard time trying to see his point. It kinda sounds like he's saying that beautiful Women can't be true heroes or have true grit. And that seems like a step backward in thinking as well.
What do you think about what Cameron had to say about Wonder Woman? Do you agree or disagree?