The next time you see Avatar, Titanic, or Terminator playing on a Saturday afternoon on TNT, know that the ghost of Elizabeth Cady Stanton is probably giving it a ghostly thumbs-up. Because James Cameron is here to tell you he knows what a real strong female character is. And it’s not Wonder Woman. According to James, breaking through the superhero dick ceiling to save the day ain’t really helping the women’s cause.
James made his feelings known about Wonder Woman during an interview with Hadley Freeman of The Guardian about the upcoming Terminator reboot. While the article is packed with some gem tidbits on James, like the fact that he’s been married to the actress who played Rose’s granddaughter for 17 years (say whaa whaaa???). But the good shit is how he’s probably serving Marvel with source material for the second Wonder Woman movie. Screw the Cold War, we’re calling this one Wonder Woman 2: Suffragette.
Hadley sure knows how to give James a journalistic handy. She lauds the infamously hot-headed director for producing badass chicks like Sarah Connor in Terminator 1 & 2, Ripley in the Alien films, and Rose in Titanic…even if she did commit manslaughter by NOT SHARING THAT EFFING DOOR! So…with all these power betches, surely James Cameron would have pleasantries for Wonder Woman, right? WRONG.
“All of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood’s been doing over Wonder Woman has been so 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. Sarah Connor was not a beauty icon. 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!”
Hear that, Linda Hamilton? Fit bod? Clingy tank? Packin’ heat? Nobody wants to bone that, and that makes you the pinnacle of a power lady in James Cameron’s eyes. Gal Gadot? Fit bod? Clingy outfit? Also packin’ heat? Everyone wants to bone you! You’re ruining our chance of women advancing in film! Even if, er, it was a woman who directed you! That also happens to be part of the problem, per Jim:
“There are many women in power in Hollywood and they do get to guide and shape what films get made. I think – no, I can’t account for it. Because how many times do I have to demonstrate the same thing over again? I feel like I’m shouting in a wind tunnel!”
Naturally, this didn’t go over too well. Namely, with one Ms. Patty Jenkins, the director of Wonder Woman:
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) August 25, 2017
Basically, fuck off, James! What kind of Wonder Woman would meet your male approval? Gloria Steinem in a muumuu, killing villains with copies of Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex? Actually, that sounds like a fantastic movie. Anyone here have the number for Marvel?