James Cameron defends 'Wonder Woman' critique: It wasn't 'anything groundbreaking'

James Cameron isn't backing down from his comments about Warner Bros. and DC's Wonder Woman.

Last month, Cameron caused an online uproar after calling the Gal Gadot superhero movie "a step backwards," telling an interviewer, "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!"

As part of this week's Hollywood Reporter cover story, Cameron explained this comments further.

"Yes, I'll stand by that," Cameron told THR's Kim Masters. "I mean, she was Miss Israel, and she was wearing a kind of bustier costume that was very form-fitting. She’s absolutely drop-dead gorgeous. To me, that’s not breaking ground. They had Raquel Welch doing stuff like that in the ’60s."

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SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: Actors Ben Affleck (L) and Gal Gadot attend the Warner Bros. Pictures 'Justice League' Presentation during Comic-Con International 2017 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) (L-R) Actors Ezra Miller, Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher, and Gal Gadot attend the Warner Bros. Pictures 'Justice League' Presentation during Comic-Con International 2017 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: (L-R) Moderator Chris Hardwick with actors Jason Momoa, Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher, and Ezra Miller from 'Justice League' attend the Warner Bros. Pictures Presentation during Comic-Con International 2017 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: Actor Gal Gadot attends the Warner Bros. Pictures 'Justice League' Presentation during Comic-Con International 2017 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
Cast member Gal Gadot at a panel for "Justice League" during the 2017 Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego, California, U.S., July 22, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: (L-R) Actors Ben Affleck, Ezra Miller, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, and Jason Momoa from 'Justice League' attend the Warner Bros. Pictures Presentation during Comic-Con International 2017 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: Actor Gal Gadot during the 'Justice League' autograph signing at Comic-Con International 2017 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: Actor Gal Gadot during the 'Justice League' autograph signing at Comic-Con International 2017 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: Actor Gal Gadot during the 'Justice League' autograph signing at Comic-Con International 2017 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
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Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins responded to Cameron's original comments by saying, "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[?]"

Cameron said that what his Terminator 2 lead Linda Hamilton created in the 1991 film was "if not ahead of its time, at least a breakthrough in its time."

"Linda looked great," he said. "She just wasn’t treated as a sex object. There was nothing sexual about her character. It was about angst, it was about will, it was about determination. She was crazy, she was complicated. ...; She wasn’t there to be liked or ogled, but she was central, and the audience loved her by the end of the film. As much as I applaud Patty directing the film and Hollywood, uh, 'letting' a woman direct a major action franchise, I didn’t think there was anything groundbreaking in Wonder Woman. I thought it was a good film. Period."

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Actress Linda Hamilton attending 11th Annual Alpo Animal Celebrity Tour on August 30, 1987 at Burbank Studio Ranch in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
American actress Linda Hamilton, circa 1985. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1986: Actress Linda Hamilton and actor Brian Kerwin the movie 'King Kong Lives ' , circa 1986. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Actress Linda Hamilton attending 11th Annual Alpo Animal Celebrity Tour on August 30, 1987 at Burbank Studio Ranch in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
American actors Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman (in full Beast make-up and costume) pose for a promotional photo for their CBS television series 'Beauty and the Beast,' 1987. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
Actress Linda Hamilton attending 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on August 28, 1988 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Linda Hamilton and actor Ron Perlman attend 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 23, 1988 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Linda Hamilton and husband Bruce Abbott attending 46th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 28, 1989 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Linda Hamilton (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
Actress Linda Hamilton attending the premiere of 'Terminator 2' on July 1, 1991 at Cineplex Odeon Cinema in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Linda Hamilton, presenter during The 1991 MTV Music Video Awards - Press Room at The Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, CA, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Linda Hamilton during 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' Los Angeles Premiere - After Party at Century Plaza Parking Lot in Century City, California, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
James Cameron and Linda Hamilton at the Grand Opening of 'Planet Hollywood', South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Linda Hamilton attending First Annual MTV Movie Awards on June 5, 1992 at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Linda Hamilton attending the screening of 'Cliffhanger' on May 26, 1993 at Mann Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Linda Hamilton attending the world premiere of 'True Lies' on July 12, 1994 at Mann Village Theater in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Linda Hamilton attending 17th Annual Cable ACE Awards on December 2, 1995 at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Linda Hamilton attending 'Press Conference for 17th Annual Cable ACE Awards Nominations' on September 19, 1995 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Linda Hamilton attending the screening of 'An Unexpected Family' on November 19, 1996 at Los Angeles County Museum in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Linda Hamilton attending the world premiere of 'Dante's Peak' on February 25, 1997 at the Universal Ampitheater in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Linda Hamilton attending 'USDA Convention' on July 10, 1997 at Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Linda Hamilton and James Cameron at the Premiere of 'Titanic', Mann Chinese Theater, Hollywood. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Linda Hamilton & James Cameron during The 1998 Producers Guild of America Golden Laurel Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
James Cameron and Linda Hamilton at the 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Linda Hamilton attending 'Starlight Foundation NY-NJ-CT Pins Project Benefit' on March 4, 1999 at the New York Hilton Hotel in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Linda Hamilton during GLAAD Fairness Awards at Regent Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by J. P. Aussenard/WireImage)
Linda Hamilton during Screening of Hallmark Entertainment's 'Silent Night' at Paramount Studios Theater in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Linda Hamilton attends the screening of the short film 'Wholey Moses' at the Lammele 5 theatres on February 27, 2003 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Linda Hamilton (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
Linda Hamilton (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Linda Hamilton during Wheels Up Films' 'The Kid & I' Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 30: Much Love Animal Rescue Shop Till You Drool Event in Los Angeles, United States on April 30, 2005 - Linda Hamilton at the Much Love Animal Rescue Shop Till You Drool event at 5th & Sunset Studios. (Photo by Mike FANOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Linda Hamilton (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage for Harrison & Shriftman)
CULVER CITY, CA - OCTOBER 14: Actress Linda Hamilton walks the runway at the Johnnie Walker Dressed to Kilt 2006 fashion show during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in the main tent October 14, 2006 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images for Dressed to Kilt)
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Linda Hamilton during Johnnie Walker Dressed to Kilt 2007 - Arrivals and Fashion Show at Capitale at 130 Bowery in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 22: Linda Hamilton attends the Hope for Depression Research Foundation luncheon at the Plaza Hotel on October 22, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Jeffrey Ufberg/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19: Actress Linda Hamilton attends the 2008 Diamond in the RAW Foundation Stuntwomen's Awards Luncheon at the Mountain Gate Country Club on October 19, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: Linda Hamilton attends day 1 of the 2009 Big Apple Comic Con at Pier 94 on October 16, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Linda Hamilton attends 8th annual 'Best In Drag' show AIDS fundraiser at Orpheum Theatre on October 24, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Brian To/FilmMagic)
DEFIANCE -- 'All Things Must Pass' Episode 212 -- Pictured: Linda Hamilton as Pilar -- (Photo by: Ben Mark Holzberg/Syfy/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Cameron was willing to concede one thing, however. "Look, it was probably a little bit of a simplistic remark on my part, and I’m not walking it back, but I will add a little detail to it," he said. "I like the fact that, sexually, she had the upper hand with the male character, which I thought was fun."

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