Back in June last year, one of the few people who wasn’t a big fan of Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” was filmmaker James Cameron. Though he liked film, he said the movie presented: “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.”
Cameron stuck to his guns in subsequent interviews, all being done as he was out talking up the 3D re-release of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” saying he found Diana too sexualized unlike the heroines from his own films like Sarah Connor or Ellen Ripley.
Jenkins and many others offered a rebuttal, but the film’s star Gal Gadot was surprisingly quiet. Now, half a year later, she explains to EW why she chose to remain quiet:
“I didn’t want to give him the stage. First of all, I’m a big fan of his work. His movies are great. He was very innovative in many things that he did, and I’ve got nothing but great things to say about the creative and professional side of his work. When it happened, the timing of when it happened, he was promoting another movie of his. It was like he was looking for publicity and I just didn’t want to give him the stage.”
Despite Cameron’s comments, “Wonder Woman” was a big success critically, commercially and more importantly culturally in a way other superhero films last year couldn’t quite match.