Wonder Woman director, Patty Jenkins, has hit out after the movie was called a 'step backwards' by James Cameron.

The criticism came after the Titanic, Avatar and Terminator director was asked about the movie by the Guardian. He said that "all of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood's been doing over Wonder Woman has been so misguided".

Patty Jenkins and James Cameron. Credit: PA Images

He continued: "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!"

Patty Jenkins has addressed the criticism on Twitter, saying that there 'is no right or wrong kind of powerful woman': "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.

"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."

Patty Jenkins and Wonder Woman lead, Gal Gadot. Credit: PA Images

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."

Members of the public were quick to praise her response. One fan wrote: "As a man, I'm disappointed by James Cameron's comment about Wonder Woman. I for one thought that Wonder Woman was incredible and inspiring", while another added: "Unshakeable, eloquent, and 100% correct. What a role model. For everyone: male, female, or otherwise identified."

Another fan, who was particularly touched by her response, wrote: "I just teared up reading this. Your direction of Wonder Woman gave me inspiration beyond belief. I cannot thank you enough for that."

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay is the Senior Journalist at PRETTY52 but has worked at LADbible Group as part of the LADbible editorial team since 2015. She started her career writing obituaries and funeral guides online. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of national and local news sites. She is part of the BBC's Generation project and has spoken about young people, politics and mental health on television, radio and online. Contact her - mel.ramsay@pretty52.com

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