Terminator and Avatar director James Cameron has criticised Hollywood's "self-congratulatory backpatting" over Wonder Woman as "misguided".
“She’s an objectified icon, and it’s just male Hollywood doing the same old thing!" he told , "I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie but, to me, it’s a step backwards.”
Wonder Woman's director Patti Jenkins replied on Twitter, saying, “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.”
Last year, Terri White wrote a piece of us about exactly why Wonder Woman matters – we reprint it here, as it answers James Cameron's comments perfectly.
Over to you, Terri...
The first pictures of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman said it all: the world's must famous female superhero (no, I shan't used the word 'superheroine' - *shudder*) was back, and you'd better damn believe that a few things had changed.
While the much-loved Lynda Carter had been a pretty badass Wonder Woman in the 70s, she was also very much a product of her time: that cute and frankly impractical outfit (how uncomfortable did those knickers look?); a strength that was smiling, soft and feminine; a lot of unsupported-breast running; bracelets and a whip for weapons.
Gadot's Wonder Woman is something very different. She's got a sword and fire burning high behind her, not to mention a hard edge we've never seen before. I mean: she looks really annoyed. Cross her, and she will do you some serious damage - all in the name of saving the world, obviously.
Our first glimpse of this incarnation of Wonder Woman is in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice but this movie's only really the start for Wonder Woman. She is a central part of the larger DC Universe - the comic books from which all the characters originate - and of course, got her own movie in 2017.
This is significant for a couple of reasons. While she's certainly not the first female superhero on the big or small screen, it's still noteworthy to have a female character who isn't a normal-citizen-lady who - while usually smart and pretty - is inevitably waiting to be rescued by the male superhero, cape a-flowing in the breeze. She is a hero with female anatomy. On an equal footing. Who doesn't need saving. Who does the saving. Hooray!
Secondly: Hollywood has long been criticised for not believing in the commerciality of female-fronted movies to really pull in audiences and the big dollars. But this seems to be changing, especially in the superhero arena.
Suicide Squad, another DC Comic adaptation about a crew of supervillians charged with saving the world see's Margot Robbie and Cara Delevingne playing baddies Harley Quinn and Enchantress (and getting equal billing alongside Will Smith and Jared Leto). We have bad women, doing good, while still really being bad. Pretty rad, right?
Don't get me wrong, we're not suddenly going to see female superheroes kicking their male counterparts out of the cinemas - or even, necessarily, kicking their asses - but maybe, just maybe, we'll start to see more of them as strong, powerful, cinema-filling leads in their own right. In appropriate underwear. Hey, it's a pretty cracking start.
Terri White is editor in chief of Empire magazine. This piece was originally published in March 2016.