James Cameron: Wonder Woman is a Step Backward

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With a 92 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and an astounding $800 million dollars worldwide box office take, Wonder Woman was the DC Extended Universe flick the fans had been waiting for since 2013's Man of Steel. Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot, and the cast and crew made history, and completely obliterated the rumors that dogged the film’s production.

Everybody – including critics, movie stars, and directors – has congratulated Jenkins for staying true to the character by bringing the real Wonder Woman to life.

As usual, there are naysayers who believe that Wonder Woman could have been much better, and that the hype around the film was a result of the poor response to the previous DC Extended Universe flicks. For example, Wonder Woman was a better movie than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but that didn’t make it a great movie.

During promotional activities for the 3D release of Terminator 2: Judgement Day, James Cameron said that he enjoyed Wonder Woman. However, he added that Wonder Woman doesn't hold a candle to Sarah Connor, and Gal Gadot's Diana Prince represents a step backward for strong female characters:

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 backward. 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 (The Guardian).

Do you agree with James Cameron? Or do you believe that the comparison between Diana Prince and Sarah Connor shouldn't have been made in the first place?

Here’s Patty Jenkins’ response:

 

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