Avatar director James Cameron has commented on the success of Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman film, calling it a "step backwards," and saying its titular heroine is a "objectified icon."
“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!" Cameron told The Guardian. "I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie but, to me, it’s a step backwards."
Cameron went on to compare the character of Wonder Woman to Sarah Connor of his Terminator films, saying she 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!”
Cameron's next project is directing a series of sequels for his 2009 film Avatar.