Easily one of the biggest success stories movie wise for this year was Wonder Woman. The movie was hyped in a big way, but many fans feared it would go the Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad, and Man of Steel route in which it would make a lot of money, but not be loved by fans and critics. Instead, it was a box office smash and a hit amongst reviewers. So much so that Warner Bros. is apparently trying to get under consideration for the Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.
In fact, the world seems mostly in love with the film…but there are a few who aren’t heaping as much praise on it as others are. One of which is James Cameron. Who noted to the Guardian that compared to his female lead Sarah Connor, the Wonder Woman film was really a “Step backwards’ for female leads in his mind:
“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!”
On one hand, he is right that Sarah Connor and Wonder Woman are two very different types of female heroes, and they’re portrayed differently in their films. But, on the other hand, isn’t that the point? Wonder Woman was meant to be portrayed as a simple of purity and innocence. While Sarah is meant to be a grizzled and traumatized veteran of an event that she’s trying to prevent, it’s kind of odd to compare them at all to be honest.