Avatar director James Cameron has stood by his criticism of Patty Jenkins’ blockbuster hit Wonder Woman, claiming that the “bustier costume” worn by former Miss Israel Gal Gadot was designed “to appeal to 18-year-old … or 14-year-old males.”
In August, Cameron had described Wonder Woman as “an objectified icon” in comments made to The Guardian, prompting Jenkins to retort that Cameron appeared to believe that “women have to always be hard, tough and troubled to be strong.”
Speaking with Kim Masters of The Hollywood Reporter, Cameron responded to Jenkins’ criticism, saying that he didn’t feel his comments were “controversial” and that he didn’t think that the film’s success should be treated as a “breakthrough” or as “groundbreaking” — especially when compared to Linda Hamilton’s portrayal of Sarah Connor in the Terminator franchise.
“They had Raquel Welch doing stuff like that in the ’60s,” said Cameron. “As much as I applaud Patty directing the film and Hollywood, uh, ‘letting’ a woman direct a major action franchise, I didn’t think there was anything groundbreaking in Wonder Woman. I thought it was a good film. Period.”
“What Linda created in 1991 — was, if not ahead of its time, at least a breakthrough in its time,” he added. “I don’t think it was really ahead of its time because we’re still not [giving women these types of roles].”
While refusing to take back his remarks on Wonder Woman, Cameron did acknowledge that his comments had been “simplistic” and that he he did “like the fact that, sexually, [Wonder Woman] had the upperhand with the male character.” Cameron also shared the latest news on the upcoming Avatar sequels, as well as giving an unfiltered assessment of Trump’s decision to back out of the Paris climate accord.
Read the full interview at The Hollywood Reporter.