Wonder Woman is the highest grossing superhero origin movie of all time, a widely-acclaimed critical hit, and inspiring for shattering the glass ceiling for women in the superhero movie world. But it's not as good as James Cameron could have done, according to James Cameron.
The Avatar director whose pomposity knows no bounds trashed the Gal Gadot starring film in an interview with The Guardian, calling the film's praise "self-congratulatory back-patting" and "a step backward" from Cameron's own work in the Terminator franchise.
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!
According to Cameron, he's been showing everyone how to make a movie with strong female characters, but for some reason, directors like Patty Jenkins (a woman) just aren't listening.
I don't – I don't know. There are many women in power in Hollywood and they do get to guide and shape what films get made. I think – no, I can't account for it. Because how many times do I have to demonstrate the same thing over again? I feel like I'm shouting in a wind tunnel!
On the subject of not objectifying strong, independent women, Cameron also took the time to reveal his thoughts on dating them:
Being attracted to strong independent women has the downside that they're strong independent women – they inherently don't need you! Fortunately, I'm married now to a strong independent woman who does believe she needs me.
If that doesn't get you excited for the fifteen upcoming boring Avatar sequels, we don't know what will.