Gal Gadot hits back at James Cameron over his ‘Wonder Woman’ comments

Director Patty Jenkins previously spoke out about Cameron's comments

Gal Gadot has hit back at James Cameron over the Wonder Woman’ comments he made last year.

In August, Cameron said “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.”

At the time, Gal Gadot stayed silent on the comments but in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, she says this was because she 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,” she said.

“When it happened, the timing of when it happened, he was promoting another movie of his,” she added. “It was like he was looking for publicity, and I just didn’t want to give him the stage.”

Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins blasted Cameron for the comments last summer, writing, “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.”

Jenkins added, “Strong women are great. [Cameron’s] praise for 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.”

The director noted that, “there is no right and wrong kind of powerful woman,” suggesting “the massive female audience who made the film a hit it is, can surely choose and judge their own icons of progress.”