‘I believe women can and should be everything just like male lead characters should be.’
Director Patty Jenkins struck back at James Cameron on Thursday night following his widely derided remarks about her summer smash Wonder Woman.
“James Cameron’s inability to understand what Wonder Woman is, or stands for, to women all over the world is unsurprising as, though he is a great filmmaker, he is not a woman,” Jenkins said in a Twitter post on Thursday night.
“Strong women are great. His praise for my film Monster, and our portrayal of a strong yet damaged woman was so appreciated. But if women have to always be hard, tough and troubled to be strong, and we aren’t free to be multidimensional or celebrate an icon of women everywhere because she is attractive and loving, then we haven’t come very far have we.”
Jenkins, whose superhero adaptation has grossed more than $800m worldwide over the summer, was responding to an interview Cameron gave to The Guardian that that went live earlier on Thursday.
In the interview Cameron, whose tentpole credits include Avatar and The Terminator, claimed among other things that Wonder Woman had been a “step backwards” for the portrayal of women on screen.
Jenkins’ post continued: “I believe women can and should be everything just like male lead characters should be. There is no right and wrong kind of powerful woman. And the massive female audience who made the film a hit it is, can surely choose and judge their own icons of progress.”