In an interview with the UK鈥檚 The Guardian yesterday, Titanicdirector James Cameron spoke about his badass female leads (specifically, Sarah Connor in Terminator 2) and, in the process, belittled Patty Jenkins鈥 Wonder Woman, the biggest live-action film ever helmed by a female director.

鈥淎ll of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood鈥檚 been doing over Wonder Woman has been so misguided,鈥 Cameron said in his interview. 鈥淪he鈥檚 an objectified icon, and it鈥檚 just male Hollywood doing the same old thing! I鈥檓 not saying I didn鈥檛 like the movie but, to me, it鈥檚 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!鈥

The director鈥檚 comments did not sit well with many, including Jenkins, who responded to Cameron in a post on Twitter. Jenkins said that she appreciates and respects Cameron鈥檚 work, but that he may not fully appreciate the significance of the movie. 鈥淛ames Cameron鈥檚 inability to understand what Wonder Woman is, or stands for, to women all over the world is unsurprising as, though he is a great filmmaker, he is not a woman,鈥 Jenkins said in her statement.

鈥淪trong women are great. His praise of my film Monster, and our portrayal of a strong yet damaged woman, was so appreciated. But if women have to always be hard, tough, and troubled to be strong, and we aren鈥檛 free to be multidimensional or celebrate an icon of women everywhere because she is attractive and loving, then we haven鈥檛 come very far, have we,鈥 she continued. 鈥淚 believe women can and should be EVERYTHING, just like male lead characters should be. There is no right and wrong kind of powerful woman. And the massive female audience who made the film a hit it is, can surely choose and judge their own icons of progress.鈥

With Wonder Woman smashing box office records, and both Gal Gadot and Jenkins signed on for the sequel, it鈥檚 clear that fans loved this movie and want more from the duo. And Jenkins hopes their success will open the door to more women in Hollywood.

鈥淚 hope the success of the film will lead to change and lead to other people getting opportunities,鈥 Jenkins told reporters this week. 鈥淚 hope women become a diverse, easy hire for all sorts of jobs in the future.鈥

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