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James Cameron describes Wonder Woman as 'a step backwards'

Wonder Woman

Story by Jack Foley

JAMES Cameron, the iconic filmmaker behind the first two Terminator films and Avatar, has admitted to being a little disappointed by this year’s Wonder Woman – not least for the way in which it objectifies its leading lady.

In an interview with The Guardian, the director said that he wasn’t entirely convinced by the “self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood’s been doing over Wonder Woman“, describing it as “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,” he added.

Cameron is known for being a filmmaker who likes to include strong roles for women in his films. Indeed, he pointed to his The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day character Sarah Connor (played by Linda Hamilton) as an example of what he feels a female action protagonist could be.

“Sarah Connor was not a beauty icon,” Cameron said. “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!”

Cameron is currently working on four sequels to Avatar, which features Sigourney Weaver, who played another of the director’s tough protagonists in his Aliens sequel.

Wonder Woman, meanwhile, starred Gal Gadot and has broken box office records this year. Directed by Patty Jenkins, a sequel has already been set for 2019.

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