Update 8/25/17, 8:15 a.m.: Patty Jenkins clapped back at Cameron on social media.
Original story below:
While the movie won over both critics and the box office this year, the director aired a few of his grievances with the film in a new interview with The Guardian.
When asked what he thought about about all the excitement over Patty Jekins' blockbuster, he said "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," he continued. "I'm not saying I didn't like the movie but, to me, it's a step backwards."
He then compared the movie to his "Terminator" franchise, which starred ex-wife Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor.
"Sarah Connor was not a beauty icon. She was strong, she was troubled, she was a terrible mother, and she earned the respect of the audience through pure grit," he explained. "And to me, [the benefit of characters like Sarah] is so obvious. I mean, half the audience is female!"
When asked why he thinks Hollywood has a hard time getting strong women on screen, he had no answer.
"I don't – I don't know. There are many women in power in Hollywood and they do get to guide and shape what films get made," he said. "I think – no, I can't account for it. Because how many times do I have to demonstrate the same thing over again? I feel like I'm shouting in a wind tunnel!"
In addition to "Terminator," Cameron has had women like Sigourney Weaver ("Aliens"), Kate Winslet ("Titanic") and Zoe Saldana ("Avatar") at the forefront of his films.
After his comments dropped online, Twitter started ripping the director.
No James Cameron. Just No.— Kevin McCarthy (@KevinMcCarthyTV) August 24, 2017
This is EXTREMELY disappointing to hear from 1 of my fav filmmakers.
Equally as disappointing as AVATAR. https://t.co/SuRQKV93Is
James Cameron can suck a giant blue dick. https://t.co/52O81SRWGN— Donna Dickens (@MildlyAmused) August 24, 2017
James Cameron is absolutely one of those dudes who's way to eager to tell everyone how attractive he finds Brienne.— Bob Chipman (@the_moviebob) August 24, 2017
The James Cameron who made fun of his Titanic star by calling her "Kate Weighs-a-Lot"? That James Cameron? https://t.co/puCLt3jIHu— Mrs.BearJew (@andizeisler) August 24, 2017
I'll take "James Cameron tries to mansplain feminism AND fails to understand womanhood" for $200, Alex. https://t.co/WJ9XUbPoZ6— Dened Rey (@Hajabeg) August 24, 2017
I love James Cameron. I think he has the Midas Touch when it comes to filmmaking. But his take on Wonder Woman is dead wrong.— Scott Stamper (@DerfelBarada) August 24, 2017
Don't you have 10 Avatar movies to make for no one https://t.co/igB80SRSiU— Marc (@MarcSnetiker) August 24, 2017
Is this the same James Cameron who routinely polled his all-male crew to ensure a lady alien was fuckable, or is that a different dickhead? https://t.co/9AXfkVacD0— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) August 24, 2017
James Cameron will "clarify" that WONDER WOMAN statement in ... pic.twitter.com/t2cfrmxKwV— Josh L. Dickey (@JLDlite) August 24, 2017
I don't want men's opinions on Wonder Woman. And James Cameron clearly didn't watch the same movie.— Adrianna Sampedro (@asampedro_) August 24, 2017
Oh wow James Cameron shut up.— Manish Mathur (@TheManish89) August 24, 2017
Someone tell James Cameron I'll beat his ass— K (@antiszayn) August 24, 2017
James Cameron is a fucking moron.— Byron A. Todman, Jr. (@ByronTJr) August 24, 2017
wow thank goodness James Cameron weighed in on this I have been holding my breath waiting for his opinion 🙄 go away https://t.co/oErrlIhtuC— Stephanie Rhéa (@stephanierhea_) August 24, 2017
JAMES CAMERON IS CANCELED https://t.co/qpwbBmRW42— Yair (@maybeyair25) August 24, 2017
James Cameron coming in with a hot mansplainin' take that no one asked for pic.twitter.com/fUl86AIr4T— totalwench (@totalwench) August 24, 2017
The same James Cameron who invited us to laugh as Arnold kidnapped his wife and tricked her into stripping for him. https://t.co/RVKImUKoaf— Matt Soffer (@matthewsoffer) August 24, 2017