“Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins fired back at James Cameron for some controversial comments he made about her feminist summer blockbuster. When the “Titanic” and Avatar” director slammed the film as a “step backwards,” Jenkins promptly took to social media to respond to the criticism.

“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 wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. “Strong women are great. His praise of 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.”

She 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.”

Jenkins’ remarks came in response to comments Cameron made about “Wonder Woman” in an interview with The Guardian on Thursday. In discussing his film “Terminator 2” and the “tough female characters” that are a part of his movies, Cameron said about Jenkins’ breakout hit:

“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!”

His comments on the film were harshly criticized by many on social media as others praised Jenkins’ response. “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, who directed “Bridesmaids” and the all-female reboot of “Ghostbusters,” tweeted. Others shared “Wonder Woman” quotes to back up Jenkins’ statement.

“Wonder Woman,” which stars Gal Gadot in the title role, soared to box office success this summer—hitting the $800 million mark worldwide last weekend. In June, less than one month after its release, it became the highest-grossing live-action film by a female director. “Wonder Woman 2” is scheduled to hit the big screen December 13, 2019.

See how social media reacted to Cameron’s comments and Jenkins’ response below:

Social Media Reacts to James Cameron’s “Wonder Woman” Criticism; Patty Jenkins’ Response

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