The acclaimed director of amazeball films Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Titanic, Aliens and the shit-storm that is Avatar (honestly, Sigourney Weaver is the only good part of that train wreck) has gone on record to say that Wonder Woman, the film that single-handedly saved the DCEU, is a step backwards because the star of the film was objectified. Huh?
“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 Guardian)
Okay. So lemme get this straight: a film directed by a woman that starred a woman in a superhero role is just “male Hollywood doing the same old thing” because… secret penises? That makes zero sense. There’s never been a woman-led action film of Wonder Woman’s scope and scale in the history of filmmaking. That’s definitely not “male Hollywood” in any way, shape or form. This film broke barriers that, if Hollywood learned the very important lesson that (white) male leads aren’t the only kind that brings in fans and their cold, hard cash, will lead to more barriers being broken. So I call shenanigans.
He then followed up with the claim that Sarah Conner (played to perfection by Linda Hamilton) wasn’t a beauty icon. I dunno ‘bout y’all but I thought she was beautiful. Yes, she was strong and troubled (but so not a bad mother; she did everything she could to keep John safe and prepare him for that post-apocalyptic future where he’d become the leader of the resistance and mankind’s only hope of survival) but being a multidimensional character didn’t mean she couldn’t be pretty. That’s a chauvinistic attitude to have. Oh, she’s too strong to be a looker; I mean, look at those guns and abs of steel! What man could want her! Her strength only added to her beauty and showed that a pretty face does go well with a strong body and a brain full of smarticles. Maybe he should spend less time judging a woman’s looks and more time jading himself. And also not call Linda Hamilton not attractive. That’s beyond rude.
He also inferred that Wonder Woman wasn’t able to earn the audience’s respect because she was just so gosh darn purdy. We can’t go taking attractive women seriously! Imagine how the world would crumble if looks didn’t determine your value in the midst of battle! It’s a good thing Xena and Buffy were such uggos, amiright? Oh, wait, they were attractive, too. And some of the best ass-kickers the small screen has ever seen. Maybe ol’ James missed their little shows.
Why he felt the need to whine about Gia Gadot being too pretty to be a warrior princess I don’t know. Maybe he’s jealous of how well the film made and was? I mean, Avatar made buttloads of money but was his worst film to date and Terminator: Genisys, for all the fun I have watching it, is a low point in the franchise (though Salvation is still the bottom of the barrel). In on quick sound bite, he showed a complete lack of respect for what Gadot and Patty Jenkins accomplished. He went the old “male Hollywood” route and judged an actress on her looks alone and acts like it makes him sound all experty and humbly feminist. It doesn’t. All it did was make him look like a sexist, a creeper and a fool. Maybe instead of trying to tear down one of the best superhero films ever made, he should look to Jenkins for inspiration and learn how to make a decent movie again and not torture us with another four freaking Avatar films.
As for Patty Jenkins, her response to his idiocy was pure class, another lesson he'd do well to learn from her.
He should take this opportunity to look inside himself and realize that, for all the strong female characters he'd featured n his films, he is, in fact, that "old Hollywood" dude he thought his quote attacked. Just because a woman is beautiful doesn't mean she cant mean business, too. Henry Cavill is HOT but no one says he's too pretty to play Superman so why does he think Gal Gadot is too HOT to play Wonder Woman? And, honestly, how can he say Linda Hamilton didn't look amazing in T2? Is the man blind?