While it was released back in early June, conversations revolving around Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman have shown no signs of slowing. The superhero movie was met with universal acclaim and made some serious money at the box office, but one iconic director has taken umbrage with it. James Cameron is apparently not a big fan of Wonder Woman, claiming that Gal Gadot's costumes and portrayal were objectifying and seen through the male gaze. But Jenkins has since responded, and addressed Cameron's criticism with a lengthy post on her social media. She said,
Talk about a mic drop. Let's break down exactly what both Patty Jenkins and James Cameron are trying to say.
James Cameron's main issue with Wonder Woman seems to be that Gal Gadot is such a conventionally attractive person. She was a model, and Diana Prince always looked absolutely stunning during the length of the film. Cameron compared this to Sarah Conner's portrayal in the first two Terminator movies. Actress Linda Hamilton never got to be dolled up, especially in Terminator 2; she spent the film fighting tooth and nail for the survival of both she and her son. Cameron apparently thinks this choice would have made Wonder Woman's success far more important.
Patty Jenkins; however, believes the opposite. She maintains that female characters should be free to be both beautiful and strong, if the character calls for it. Charlize Theron certainly didn't get to be glam for her Academy Award performance in Monster, so the director worked on both sides of the issue. She went on to elaborate more via her Twitter post, saying:
While James Cameron and Patty Jenkins certainly don't seem to agree on this issue, there is good that is coming from their very public exchange. It's all contributing to dialogue regarding proper representation of women in media, which is something both directors feel passionately about. Hopefully we'll see dynamic female characters who all look different from each other.
Wonder Woman will be available for home release on streaming August 29th, and physical copies on September 19th. In the meantime, check out our 2017 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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