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Patty Jenkins and James Cameron have a lot in common: They're both high-powered directors; the former of Wonder Woman and the latter of films like Terminator, another female-led action flick.
But apparently, they don't have everything in common—Cameron was seemingly not a fan of Wonder Woman's reception in Hollywood, despite the fact that it is the highest grossing film directed by a woman of all time, and earned over $800 million.
Here's what he had to say to the Guardian, occasionally referencing the lead from Terminator:
“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!”
Patty Jenkins, ever the patient one, clapped back on Twitter:
Personally, we fail to see why Cameron thinks female leads become less powerful when they're beautiful, or why he thinks Terminator viewers didn't likely warp the lead into a sex symbol as well. All these strong female characters are multidimensional, and should be seen as such.