Patty Jenkins fires back at James Cameron over his 'inability to understand' ‘Wonder Woman’


Patty Jenkins was not impressed with Jame Cameron's criticism of her blockbuster hit "Wonder Woman," and she made that loud and clear in a lengthy Twitter post Thursday night.

"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," the director wrote.

"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," she wrote.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13: Filmmaker and screenwriter Patty Jenkins attends the 2017 Forbes Women's Summit at Spring Studios on June 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 08: Director Patty Jenkins attends the AFI Life Achievement Award gala at Dolby Theatre on June 8, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 08: Director Patty Jenkins attends the AFI Life Achievement Award gala at Dolby Theatre on June 8, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 08: Actor Emma Stone (L) and Writer-Director Patty Jenkins attend American Film Institute's 45th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Diane Keaton at Dolby Theatre on June 8, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AFI)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - MAY 27: Actress Gal Gadot and film director Patty Jenkins attend the 'Wonder Woman' Mexico City premiere at Parque Toreo on May 27, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Victor Chavez/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Patty Jenkins arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' held at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Actress Gal Gadot, director Patty Jenkins and actress Lynda Carter attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: (L-R) Actors Connie Nielsen, Gal Gadot, director Patty Jenkins and actor Chris Pine attend Build The Cast of 'Wonder Woman' at Build Studio on May 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Film director Patty Jenkins enters the 'AOL Build' taping at the AOL Studios on May 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
BENTONVILLE, AR - MAY 06: Patty Jenkins speaks at the 3rd Annual Bentonville Film Festival on May 6, 2017 in Bentonville, Arkansas. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Bentonville Film Festival)
BENTONVILLE, AR - MAY 06: Geena Davis and Patty Jenkins attend the 3rd Annual Bentonville Film Festival on May 6, 2017 in Bentonville, Arkansas. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Bentonville Film Festival)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 29: Actor Chris Pine (L) and director Patty Jenkins attend the Warner Bros. Pictures presentation during CinemaCon at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on March 29, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: Director Patty Jenkins and actress Gal Gadot attend the Wonder Woman UN Ambassador Ceremony at United Nations on October 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by J. Countess/FilmMagic)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 23: (L-R) Actors Chris Pine and Gal Gadot, director Patty Jenkins, and actress Connie Nielsen attend the Warner Bros. 'Wonder Woman' Presentation during Comic-Con International 2016 at San Diego Convention Center on July 23, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: Patty Jenkins arrives for the European Premiere of 'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 28: Director Patty Jenkins arrives at the 64th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards held at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on January 28, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23: Director Patty Jenkins attends day two of the 2011 Film Independent Forum at DGA Theater on October 23, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/WireImage for Film Independent)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 24: Director Patty Jenkins arrives on the red carpet for Target Presents AFI's Night at the Movies at ArcLight Cinemas on April 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI)
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Jenkins' response came after the "Avatar" filmmaker said in an interview with The Guardian that "Wonder Woman" marked a "step backwards" for female characters.

"All of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood's been doing over 'Wonder Woman' has been so misguided," Cameron said. "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."

The Oscar-winning director went on to praise one of his own strong female characters, Sarah Connor from "Terminator."

"Sarah Connor was not a beauty icon," he said. "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!"

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Actress Gal Gadot arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Actress Gal Gadot arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Actress Robin Wright arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Actor Chris Pine arrives at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Actor Kellan Lutz and mom Karla Pope arrive at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Danielle Panabaker arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Actors Gal Gadot and Lynda Carter attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Stunt woman Jessie Graff attends the World Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Stunt woman Jessie Graff attends the World Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Actress Connie Nielsen arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Actress Connie Nielsen (C), sons Sebastian Sartor and Bryce Thadeus Ulrich-Nielsen arrive at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Actress Alona Tal attends the World Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Actress Noa Tishby attends the World Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Madeleine Vall Beijner (L) and guest attend the World Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: (L-R) Amber Nichole Miller and Tito Ortiz attend the World Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
Caity Lotz dons Alexis Bittar jewelry at the World Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Actress Crystal Reed attends the World Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Alexandra Siegel arrives at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Melvin Gordon arrives at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Juliana Harkavy arrives at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Actress Amy Pemberton attends the World Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Actress Molly Quinn attends the World Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Actress Pamela Horton attends the World Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Actress Brooke Ence attends the World Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Actress Amy Pemberton arrives at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Actress Tiffany Smith arrives at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Actress Jessica Chabot Nevdist arrives at the Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Elena Anaya arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' held at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
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