Don’t piss off an Amazon, James Cameron. Cameron incurred the wrath of fans and of director Patty Jenkins when he trash talked Jenkins’ massive summer blockbuster ‘Wonder Woman’. His first salvo came in August, when he referred to Gal Gadot‘s portrayal of the legendary comic book character as “an objectified icon” and a “step backward.” He went on to compare Wonder Woman to Linda Hamilton‘s depiction of Sarah Connor in ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’– which actually is a pretty kick ass part that was groundbreaking during its time. But why can’t they both be great?
But rather than simply sing Sarah Connor’s praises, Cameron felt the need to sling mud at both Wonder Woman the character and the film. And he didn’t back down. After the initial firestorm had subsided, while promoting his upcoming works, Cameron was asked if he had rethought his stance and… well, no. He hadn’t.
While Jenkins snapped back at Cameron’s initial criticism, Gadot has remained mum. But another Wonder Woman has had enough. Lynda Carter portrayed the Amazon warrior from 1975-79 on the popular live action TV series, which has lived on in syndication since. For several generations, Carter was the only Wonder Woman… until Gadot’s.
And while Wonder Woman’s weapons– bulletproof bracelets, her golden Lasso of Truth– were largely defensive, it seems Carter’s tongue is as sharp as the mystic blade Diana has swung in the recent films.
Via Facebook, Carter posted:
“To James Cameron -STOP dissing WW: You poor soul. Perhaps you do not understand the character. I most certainly do. Like all women–we are more than the sum of our parts. Your thuggish jabs at a brilliant director, Patty Jenkins, are ill advised. This movie was spot on. Gal Gadot was great. I know, Mr. Cameron–I have embodied this character for more than 40 years. So–STOP IT.”
Is this the last we’ll hear on the subject? Perhaps. Cameron is busy preparing to shoot two ‘Avatar’ sequels simultaneously to be followed by two more and is hoping to reboot the ‘Terminator’ franchise with ‘Deadpool”s Tim Miller.
Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ sequels will be released in December 2020 and 2021, then again in 2023 and 2024.
‘Wonder Woman’ directed by Patty Jenkins, starring Gal Gadot is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray. Gadot will return to theaters as Wonder Woman in ‘Justice League’ on November 17. Both Jenkins and Gadot have signed on for ‘Wonder Woman 2’ due on December 13, 2019.
Carter’s 1970s ‘Wonder Woman’ series is also available on home video. Her portrayal of President Olivia Marsdin on three episodes of ‘Supergirl’ Season Two have also been released on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Whose side are you on? Cameron’s or the Wonder Women’s?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter