Directed by James Cameron, Avatar: Path of Water is packed with stunning visuals that moviegoers have never seen on the big screen. For the Oscar-winning director, the sight of pregnant women marching into battle is one of them.Talk to Robert Rodriguez as part of variety of In the “Directors on Directors” series, Cameron spoke about empowering women in the long-awaited “Avatar” sequel.
Rodriguez told Cameron of the film, “From the beginning it grabs you by the throat with the story and characters you love.” one of them gets pregnant and joins the battle.Why was that important?”
“Everybody talks about female empowerment all the time,” Cameron said. “But what’s the big part of a woman’s life that we don’t experience as men? If you’re really going to dig a hole in the hole, let’s have a female warrior who’s six months pregnant.’
“It hasn’t happened in our society. It probably hasn’t happened for hundreds of years. But in the old days women had to fight to survive and protect their children, and it didn’t matter if they were pregnant or not.” “And pregnant women are much more athletic than we perceive as a culture. I thought, ‘Let’s remove the real boundaries.’ For me, it was the last invisible bastion. There are great women like Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel, but they’re not mothers and they’re not pregnant while fighting evil. ”
The inclusion of a mother and pregnant warrior is one of the many ways Cameron ensured that Avatar: Path of Water stands in contrast to the onslaught of comic book movies released each year. told The New York Times in October that he really wanted main characters Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) to have to struggle with being a hero while being a parent. .
Cameron said, “When you watch these big, epic movies, you’re watching you, Marvel, DC, but the characters are all acting like college students, regardless of their age.” Yes, but not really.They don’t spur for children.What is it that really grounds us and gives us strength, love, and purpose? I don’t think that’s the way to make a movie.
“Avatar: Path of Water” will be released in theaters nationwide from Disney on December 16th. Watch Cameron and Rodriguez’s full ‘Directors on Directors’ conversation below.