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Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins hits back at James Cameron

Wonder Woman

Story by Jack Foley

PATTY Jenkins, the director of Wonder Woman, has hit back at fellow filmmaker James Cameron over the remarks he made about her film in a recent interview.

Cameron stated, to The Guardian, that he felt the depiction of women in Wonder Woman was “a step backwards” for female protagonists and that Gal Gadot’s heroine is an “objectified icon.”

But in a Twitter post, the director responded to Cameron by saying: “James Cameron’s 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.

“Strong women are great. His praise for my film Monster, and our portrayal of a strong yet damaged woman, was so appreciated.”

But, points out Jenkins, women don’t need to conform to one criteria to be a hero.

She went on to dismiss Cameron’s suggestion that Terminator protagonist Sarah Connor was the ideal female protagonist, saying: “If women have to always be hard, tough and troubled to be strong, and we aren’t free to be multi-dimensional or celebrate an icon of women everywhere because she is attractive and loving, then we haven’t come very far have we.

“I 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.”

Read Cameron’s comments here

Wonder Woman has become the highest grossing live-action film ever directed by a woman. A sequel has already been set for December 2019 by Warner Bros.

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