James Cameron better be careful, or he’s going to wind up on the wrong side of Lynda Carter’s Lasso of Truth. The director, who has been openly critical of 2017’s Wonder Woman, has irked the original Amazon princess so much that Carter just clapped back on social media.
For context: Cameron told The Guardian in August that the favorable reception of the new Wonder Woman film was “so misguided.” He pointed toward his Terminator character Sarah Connor as a step forward for female characters because she was a complex, troubled and gritty individual. He went on to say that Wonder Woman is a “step backwards” for women — “an objectified icon, and it’s just male Hollywood doing the same old thing!”
Of course, it’s important to note here that the 2017 blockbuster was directed by Patty Jenkins, the great female mind behind award-winning films like Monster and episodes of critically acclaimed shows like The Killing.
Accordingly, Cameron’s comments didn’t sit well with Carter, who shared her thoughts on the subject via Facebook.
“To James Cameron -STOP dissing WW,” she wrote. “You poor soul. Perhaps you do not understand the character. I most certainly do. Like all women–we are more than the sum of our parts. Your thuggish jabs at a brilliant director, Patty Jenkins, are ill advised. This move was spot on. Gal Gadot was great. I know, Mr. Cameron–because I have embodied this character for more than 40 years. So–STOP IT.”
Carter’s sentiments reinforce Jenkins’ initial response when the Guardian article came out. In a statement on Twitter at the time, she wrote, “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 film-maker, he is not a woman.”
Meanwhile, the movie in contention is in the final leg of its global theatrical run and already has $820.4 million in current box office receipts. According to Forbes, that puts Wonder Woman within reach of surpassing 2002’s Spider-Man to become the highest grossing superhero origin movie of all time.