The Amazing Amazon rarely needs help when caught in a bad situation, but it’s good to know that she’s got back-up in the form of one of today’s leading comedy film directors. Paul Feig has weighed in on James Cameron’s comments regarding the summer blockbuster, Wonder Woman. Cameron called the film featuring the DC Comics icon a “step backwards” for women in film.
James Cameron made the comment while talking with The Guardian. He seemed shocked at the love that Wonder Woman was receiving when he said, “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!”
The director of Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins answered the criticism back on Twitter, saying that if a female character has to be damaged or troubled in order to portray her as strong (like Cameron’s Terminator leading lady, Sarah Connor,) then that’s not a step forward for female roles, that’s just being stagnant.
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) August 25, 2017
Paul Feig entered the discussion on Twitter as well. He’s a Hollywood director who is every bit as entitled to be part of this conversation as anyone. Feig specializes in strong, smart, and very funny female leading characters with his films like Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy and the repackaged female driven Ghostbusters. In his tweet, he hoped that James Cameron would understand that when a woman drives a film, and we’ll add in a very successful one like Wonder Woman, we all win.
I wish James Cameron would realize any great leading roles for women are a step forward. Sarah Connor was awesome & so was Wonder Woman.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) August 25, 2017
With that being the case, then all three of these directors are continuing to move forward with powerful female leads. Patty Jenkins is reportedly about to receive an immensely lucrative deal for Wonder Woman 2. Paul Feig is currently filming the thriller “A Simple Favor” with Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively, and he also has plans to reunite with Sandra Bullock and his muse Melissa McCarthy for The Heat 2. And James Cameron is hard at work on the long awaited sequels in his “Avatar” franchise featuring the female Na’vi warrior, Neytiri, played by Zoe Saldana. Despite their disagreement on what constitutes a strong woman in film, it looks like if these filmmakers have anything to do with it, female roles like this will become the norm.