"To James Cameron -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," Carter wrote on Facebook. "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--I have embodied this character for more than 40 years. So--STOP IT."
While the movie won over both critics and the box office this year, Cameron aired a few of his grievances with the action movie in a recent 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!"
He doubled down on the criticism just this week during a Hollywood Reporter interview, which is probably what prompted Carter's comment above.
"Yes, I'll stand by that," he said when asked about calling the female superhero an "objectified icon."
"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," he said. "They had Raquel Welch doing stuff like that in the '60s. It was all in a context of talking about why Sarah Connor — what Linda created in 1991 — was, if not ahead of its time, at least a breakthrough in its time. I don't think it was really ahead of its time because we're still not [giving women these types of roles]."
Cameron insisted Hamilton "looked great" in "Terminator" without being "treated as a sex object."
"She wasn't there to be liked or ogled, but she was central, and the audience loved her by the end of the film. So 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,'" he said. "I thought it was a good film. Period."
"I was certainly shocked that [my comment] was a controversial statement," he continued. "It was pretty obvious in my mind. I just think Hollywood doesn't get it about women in commercial franchises. Drama, they've got that cracked, but the second they start to make a big commercial action film, they think they have to appeal to 18-year-old males or 14-year-old males, whatever it is. 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, which is: I like the fact that, sexually, she had the upper hand with the male character, which I thought was fun."
Jenkins previously responded Cameron's initial comments via Twitter: