One too many fans firmly believe DC is going down a dark path by casting Kristen Wiig as Cheetah in Wonder Woman 2. Director Patty Jenkins doesn't care. This morning, she has officially confirmed the former Saturday Night Live cast member is taking on the main villain role in Warner Bros.' highly anticipated sequel. Perhaps there's more too it than what we can see on the surface.
Patty Jenkins, who made a record breaking deal with Warner Bros. to direct this upcoming superhero sequel, broke the news on Twitter a few days after the rumor had gone viral. Cheetah is the most well known villain in Wonder Woman's own personal rogue's gallery, so the idea of bringing the character into the DCEU makes sense, even if the DCEU isn't going to be around much longer as it currently stands. Jenkins said this to apprehensive fans.
"So excited to confirm the most thrilling news. Yes! It's true! So incredibly lucky to welcome the sensationally talented Kristen Wiig to our Wonder Woman family. Can't wait to finally work with one of my favorites. And SO excited by what we have planned."
Kristen Wiig is no stranger to playing villains, as she was the main baddie in Zoolander 2, though that's a far cry from a serious superhero movie. The comedian has taken on quite a few more serious roles in recent years with critically praised turns in The Skeleton Twins, The Martian and Welcome to Me. But she is best known for ruining the Ghostbusters franchise by fans who have a vested interest in genre movies like Wonder Woman 2. Comedy fans loved her in Bridesmaids and Anchorman 2. Her on screen work is a decidedly mixed bag. But there's no denying she's quite talented. So this is a bold move for DC and Warner Bros.
Patty Jenkins is writing the sequel script with Dave Callaham and DC Films co-chairman Geoff Johns. The story is rumored to take place during the 80s as the Cold War reaches its climax. When news of Cheetah in the sequel first broke, it was believed to be the Barbara Anne Minerva version. The character comes from Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston, appearing in Wonder Woman issue #6 as far back as 1943. There have been other variations of the character, including Priscilla Rich, Deborah Domaine and Sebastian Ballesteros. As for super villain powers, Cheetah has the abilities of the animal she was named after, given to her by the plant-god Urzkartaga. She's also rumored to be a bit of a nerd in this sequel, so that definitely fits into Kristen Wiig's wheelhouse, if she has one.
The news arrives direct from the mouth of Patty Jenkin's Twitter. You can read her words of excitement here, and wonder aloud, 'Did she really make the right choice?"
So excited to confirm the most thrilling news. Yes! It’s true! So incredibly lucky to welcome the sensationally talented Kristen Wiig to our Wonder Woman family. Can't wait to finally work with one of my favorites. And SO excited by what we have planned. #Cheetah!!! @GalGadotpic.twitter.com/Gn0jICiIAH— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) March 9, 2018