Lynda Carter, Like The Rest Of Us, Is Not Here For James Cameron’s ‘Wonder Woman’ Critiques

I went to see Wonder Woman on opening night, at a sold-out showing in Minneapolis. My friend was running a few minutes late, and despite my better instincts, I could not stop texting her.

“Jules. Jules, hurry up.”
“Are you almost here???”
“I know we have our tickets but we need seats!”
“It’s sold out Jules hurrrrryyyy.”
“We’re going to miss the magic.”

A moment later she was jogging inside past the two pre-teen girls posing with a Gal Gadot cut-out, breathless and grinning with anticipation. “Sorry! Sorry. Let’s go!”

We did not miss the magic, and despite the Disney sparkling glass slipper connotations of the word, I do think it applies to this showing. Our theater was mostly – though not entirely — composed of women, including some young girls. When Gadot braced herself and strode, shield high, through No-Man’s Land, like many others, I found myself blinking back tears at her strength and resilience and at the strength of women everywhere in this world.

It’s one of many reasons I could not care less what James Cameron has to say about the movie’s perceived feminism. He cannot seem to stop himself from critiquing the groundbreaking film, Patty Jenkins, and Gadot – calling her too beautiful for the role – and I am not the only one exasperated with his shouts into the void.

Late this week, original Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter took to social media to slam the famed director for his unending remarks.

“To James Cameron,” she wrote on Facebook, “STOP dissing WW: You poor soul. Perhaps you do not understand the character. I most certainly do. Like all women – we are more than the sum of our parts.”

“Your thuggish jabs at a brilliant director, Patty Jenkins, are ill advised. This movie was spot on. Gal Gadot was great. I know, Mr. Cameron – because I have embodied this character for more than 40 years. So—STOP IT.”

For those who don’t remember, Jenkins had a fiery clap-back as well, saying that there is “no right and wrong kind of powerful woman.”

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— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) August 25, 2017

Ultimately, the film resonated with women for its unusual depiction of female power — power that had little to do with Gadot’s unblemished face.

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