Patty Jenkins Addresses James Cameron’s Controversial Remarks Against Wonder Woman

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Back in August, James Cameron made some pretty controversial remarks about Wonder Woman, criticizing the DC Extended Universe installment by calling it a “step backwards” and labeling Diana as “an objectified icon,” where “male Hollywood (is) doing the same old thing.”

Cameron has received a lot of criticism for his comments about the film, with many fans slamming his narrow definition of feminism.

Speaking in an interview with Variety, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins admitted that though she didn’t blame Cameron for trying to critique Wonder Woman, she felt that if the filmmaker would voice his misguided remarks so publicly, then she was definitely obligated to respond and correct him.

“Everybody is entitled to their own opinion,” she said. “But if you’re going to debate something in a public way, I have to reply that I think it’s incorrect.”

The DCEU director had slammed Cameron for his limited definition of a strong woman back in August, saying that the filmmaker’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.”

“His praise of my film … and our portrayal of a strong yet damaged woman was so appreciated. But if women have to always be hard, tough, and troubled to be strong, and we aren’t free to be multidimensional or celebrate an icon of women everywhere because she is attractive and loving, then we haven’t come very far,” she previously wrote.

Though Cameron doesn’t seem to be backing down, it’s terribly obvious that the filmmaker has a limited sense of feminism, seeing how he can only define a strong woman as one who takes on male qualities and rejects beauty and compassion as something that can be possessed by any “strong female character.”

Wonder Woman 2 premieres December 23, 2019, but Gal Gadot will reprise her role as Diana in Justice League on November 17, 2017.

 

 

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