Patty Jenkins hasn’t spoken to James Cameron about his Wonder Woman movie criticisms. Wonder Woman released earlier this year and marked the first critically-acclaimed installment in Warner Bros.’ DC cinematic universe (unofficially known as the DCEU), while also managing to become an astounding box office success. The film was generally considered a step in the right direction for not only comic book movies but for the film industry in general Still, the movie had its fair share of detractors.
Among those who took fault with the comic book movie was legendary filmmaker James Cameron, who criticized the film for objectifying Wonder Woman and said it was actually a step backward for the industry. Cameron’s comments drew ire from not only the film’s fans but also from former Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter. Jenkins herself chalked up Cameron’s comments to him simply not being female, and she argued that women don’t always need to be presented a certain way in order to be deemed strong. Cameron, nevertheless, stands by his comments, despite the controversy he seemed to cause. And now, almost two months later, neither filmmaker has spoken to each other about the criticisms.
Variety spoke to Jenkins recently, ahead of the outlet’s annual Power of Women luncheon later this week, and the director briefly addressed Cameron’s criticisms about Wonder Woman. Although she has the utmost respect for the prolific filmmaker, she simply didn’t agree with his thoughts. And since he mentioned them publicly, she responded publicly. Then, when asked if Cameron had reached out to her following her response, she said, “No.” But, that doesn’t mean she was upset by his statements.
“I actually was not upset at all. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. But if you’re going to debate something in a public way, I have to reply that I think it’s incorrect.”
Cameron is regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers ever to grace Hollywood, and there’s no denying that Sarah Connor – the character he co-created with Gale Anne Hurd for the Terminator franchise, and the one that he’s used as comparison to Diana Prince – was one of the earliest “strong” female movie characters, but that doesn’t mean his comments are scripture. And despite what the general consensus is amongst fans, Cameron still has the right to his opinion, as does everyone else.
Still, the vast majority of people seem to agree that Jenkins film, as well as Gal Gadot’s portrayal of the iconic superhero, was a step in the right direction, which is why Warner Bros. has already commissioned a sequel with Jenkins returning at the helm.
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