How has it come to pass there are five Terminator movies? Much like the robo-killer they’re named for, nothing can seem to kill this franchise, not even three insipid sequels with underwhelming box office, and increasing critical scorn. But it turns out James Cameron didn’t come out of his Avatar sequel factory just to talk smack on Wonder Woman. He was gearing up to unveil a major return: Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger will reunite for the first time in over 25 years for the next Terminator movie.
THR reports the untitled sequel will be helmed by Deadpool director Tim Miller, and marks the first of the franchise to involve Cameron or Hamilton since 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Though plot details are being kept under wraps, we know that the concept is Cameron’s, and that this film will function “as a direct sequel to Cameron’s Judgment Day.” So, we can assume Terminators 3-5 have been expunged from the canon like so much timey-wimey shenanigans. But it’s not all good news, because Cameron gonna’ Cameron.
Already there’s talk of this being the first in a new trilogy, planned in part by Batman v Superman screenwriter David Goyer. And that new trilogy will aim to pass “the baton to a new generation of characters,” because that’s worked out awesome in movies like Independence Day: Resurgence and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines or Terminator Salvation. But that’s not all, because Cameron wants more than to make a blockbuster sequel. He wants to school us all about feminism. Because he’s King of feminism.
Turns out his Wonder Woman/Sarah Connor comparison was precursor to his sales pitch: “As meaningful as (Hamilton) was to gender and action stars everywhere back then, it’s going to make a huge statement to have that seasoned warrior that she’s become return. There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys, but there isn’t an example of that for women.”
Look. I’m stoked about Hamilton returning to her most ass-kicking role. But Cameron’s just proved he didn’t watch Wonder Woman after all. Because 51-year-old Robin Wright was an Amazon warrior WHO COULD SHOOT THREE ARROWS AT ONCE WHILE FLYING THROUGH THE AIR.
Now, I’m all for more representation for women over 50 in action films and beyond. But Cameron, you’re not the only one who can get us there. Patty Jenkins beat you to it, and she’s poised to do it again. Which is not to say your contribution to female empowerment isn’t appreciated. But maybe let your female star get a quote in on the announcement piece instead of mansplaining feminism like you invented it?