Okay, maybe not slams…
James Cameron is a terrific filmmaker but he suffers from regular foot-in-mouth disorder. Cameron recently called the praise for Wonder Woman “misguided” and “a step backward.”
Cameron added that he did like the movie, but he felt that Wonder Woman is still objectified. Cameron then decided to stroke his own ego by explaining that Sarah Connor, his character from The Terminator, is a strong independent female character.
The biggest issue here is that James Cameron doesn’t understand the superhero genre and Wonder Woman’s performance being a win, not just for the character, but for female directors everywhere. I think he sees her attire and calls it out, but he fails to see that Diana Prince regularly saves human lives without the need of a man, and that Chris Pine’s character becomes the male damsel-in-distress quite often. James Cameron fails to see a lot for a man who is so visionary.
Wonder Woman has become the highest-grossing film of all time directed by a woman, and it is still winning at the box office, essentially saving the DCEU from a critical standpoint. Directed by Patty Jenkins, the film has even garnered Oscar buzz, though I think that there’s no way of knowing yet if that’s likely.
I love James Cameron as a filmmaker, but sometimes he just needs to shut up.
What do you think? Was Wonder Woman a step backward? Is James Cameron right? Or are you on Team Jenkins?
-Kyle A. Goethe
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