Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins has hit back at James Cameron and his "inability to understand" the character after he commented that the superhero film was a "step backwards".

In an interview with The Guardian, The Titanic creator said that he believed the character of Wonder Woman is "an objectified icon", and that the positive feedback within Hollywood about the film has been "so misguided".

Jenkins, whose film, starring Gal Gadot in the title role, is one of the most successful of 2017 so far, hit back at the 63-year-old on social media.

Taking to Twitter she wrote, "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. Strong women are great.

"His praise of my film Monster, and our portrayal of a strong yet damaged woman was so appreciated.

"But if women have to always be hard, tough and troubled to be strong, and we aren't free to be multidimensional or celebrate an icon of women everywhere because she is attractive and loving, then we haven't come very far have we."

Wonder Woman director  Patty Jenkins has hit back at James Cameron

Jenkins continued: "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.

"And the massive female audience who made the film a hit it is, can surely choose and judge their own icons of progress."