Director James Cameron

James Cameron has created some of the most iconic films starring female heroes, including the Terminator series, starring ex-wife Linda Hamilton, and the second installment of Aliens starring Sigourney Weaver. In an article published this week in The Guardian, Cameron suggests that Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman movie has been a step back for women in film. People have been quick to criticize him for daring to attack this groundbreaking, record-breaking film. I have a different opinion.

Cameron’s comments have actually generated a discussion about female superheroes that is not focused on what they wear and how they look, but the actual qualities that make a female character important.

director Patty Jenkins

Patty Jenkins tweeted a response, saying “There is no right and wrong kind of powerful woman. And the massive female audience who made the film a hit it is, can surely choose and judge their own icons of progress.”

We need discussion. We need opposing views in order to generate new dialogue. While I fully disagree with Cameron’s observation, I am grateful that he has unintentionally opened a new door. Hollywood has seen this summer that female superhero films DO sell. IF they have a compelling character and story. When James Cameron speaks, Hollywood listens. James Cameron highlighted how important it is to move forward with complex female characters in the action and superhero genres. I for one, am happy he did.

Micky Small is a graduate student in Digital Media and Performance at Arizona State University by day, and building a production company with original female superheroes by night. Follow her @femmepwrdprod

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