Director James Cameron was met with resistance when criticizing “Wonder Woman”, but star actress Gal Gadot was noticeably absent from the conversation.

That is, until now. Over the summer, Cameron detracted from the success of “Wonder Woman” and the “self-congratulatory back-patting” surrounding the film. He called the character an “objectified icon” who represented “a step backwards.”

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His statements were met with plenty of opposition from fans of the film, as well as original Wonder Woman Lynda Carter and director Patty Jenkins. Jenkins argued women shouldn’t “have to always be hard, tough and troubled to be strong.”

The famous director was, at the time, promoting the 3D rerelease of “Terminator 2” and that is why Gadot did not speak out sooner.

“I didn’t want to give him the stage,” Gadot told Entertainment Weekly. “First of all, I’m a big fan of his work. His movies are great. He was very innovative in many things that he did, and I’ve got nothing but great things to say about the creative and professional side of his work.”

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Continuing, “When it happened, the timing of when it happened, he was promoting another movie of his. It was like he was looking for publicity and I just didn’t want to give him the stage.”

“Wonder Woman” collected numerous accolades, including: becoming the fifth-highest-grossing superhero film domestically and 20th-highest-grossing film in the U.S.

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