Wonder Woman recently made history by passing $800 million worldwide and $404 million worldwide, going down as the most successful superhero standalone origin film to date (at least domestically). This film has accomplished a whole lot, and those who have been pushing to see a female-led superhero movie for years have finally been validated. Yes, a superhero film starring a female could indeed be a success in Hollywood.
Not only did it prove to be successful on the financial front, but it proved to be something of a cultural phenomenon with fans coming out and expressing just what something like this means to them — the idea that young girls around the world have a female superhero to look up to on the big screen is certainly something to be celebrated. What’s more, it can open up plenty of opportunities for female actresses in the future, who may find a wider variety of roles available to them thanks to the trend that Wonder Woman could kickstart.
Someone who doesn’t think the film was as groundbreaking as everyone else? James Cameron. Here’s what he had to say when speaking to The Guardian about that very subject:
“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!”
Ouch. So let’s break apart what he’s saying here. While he seems to have enjoyed the film, he indicates that because Wonder Woman is an attractive female — or that she is portrayed in a beautiful fashion — it’s somehow “male Hollywood doing the same thing.” In his eyes, it seems like having a beautiful female icon is almost counterproductive. While I can understand his mindset there, I do think that’s a limited way to look at things.
First off, yes, Hollywood is very self-congratulatory. That’s nothing new. But going back to his statement that women can only be truly groundbreaking if they aren’t glamorized in a Hollywood way. If we had five more female-led superhero films, and the same could be said about them, I could see his point, but as of right now, I see no reason to naysay the importance of that movie, and what it could potentially kickstart in the industry, which is where the true strength of this movie lies.
But as with all things, there is no cut-and-dry answer. But what do you think? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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SOURCE: The Guardian