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A Look at James Cameron’s Problems With Superhero Movies

February 16, 2019 | Posted by Steve Gustafson

I don’t think James Cameron isn’t going to like a superhero movie until he directs one himself. Maybe Spider-Man.

Oscar-winner Cameron was asked by Yahoo about James Wan’s Aquaman and his answer was a mixed bag.

“I think its great fun,” Cameron says. “I think its a movie I could have never made. Truthfully. I could have never made that film because it requires this total dreamlike disconnect from any sense of physics or reality. It exists somewhere between a Greek mythic landscape and a fairy tale landscape. And people just kind of zoom around underwater because…they propel themselves mentally? I guess? I don’t know. But it’s cool. You buy it on its own terms. But I’ve spent thousands of hours underwater. I’m very literal about my underwater. It needs to look like it’s real. And while I can enjoy that film I don’t resonate with it because it doesn’t look real.”

Cameron wasn’t done. He continued: “And by the way, (Aquaman) doesn’t help us with our issues of actually understanding the ocean and exploring the ocean and preserving the ocean — though they did throw in a couple things like whales and things like that to remind us we are using the ocean as a garbage dump, so I applaud the film for that. Yeah, I couldn’t have made that movie. We’re doing a lot of underwater in the Avatar sequels and it’s going to have such a different feel.”

While Cameron makes some…points, I’m not sure if they were really necessary when discussing another movie. On top of that, he managed to plug his own Avatar project, which has four sequels lined up. Hope you love Avatar.

A few months back, EW interviewed Wan about using underwater photography and if he felt any competition with Cameron. “If anything, I think [what Cameron is doing is] amazing,” Wan said. “Rule No. 1 is don’t ever compete with James Cameron. He’s in a whole different game of his own. And No. 2, our movie is such a different-looking film.”

This isn’t the first time that Cameron has had some hard feelings about superhero movies. In the past he’s said that he hopes fans would get tired of the Marvel movies. “I’m hoping we’re going to start getting Avenger fatigue. Not that I don’t love the movies. It’s just, come on, guys, there are other stories to tell besides, you know, hypogonadal males without families doing death-defying things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process.”

Again, he wraps his compliment sandwich in bread of contempt.

Cameron even took shots at Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, calling it ‘a step backwards’ and Wonder Woman ‘an objectified icon’. Jenkins responded by posting: “James Cameron’s inability to understand what Wonder Woman is, or stands for, to women all over the world is unsurprising as, though he is a great filmmaker, he is not a woman…I believe women can and should be EVERYTHING just like male lead characters should be. There is no right and wrong kind of powerful woman.”

Cameron kept his position by telling the Hollywood Reporter, “Yes, I’ll stand by that. 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.”

When you get to Cameron’s level, you’re going to have a strong opinion on movies, techniques, and vision. Like I said at the start, until Cameron does one, he’s going to be very critical of anything and everything around him.

While he seems to be tough on superhero films, his comments could also be seen as a challenge to elevate the movies, but that could be me reaching.

What do you think? Does he have a point?