There have been reports that Saturday Night Live alumni Kristin Wiig is in talks to play the role of Cheetah, Wonder Woman’s most oldest foe’s, it has been confirmed by a tweet from Patty Jenkins that Kristen will take on this role for the next movie! See my next post about this breaking news!
Who is Cheetah?
Dr. Barbara Minerva, alias Cheetah, is a British archaeologist who had gained a reputation of going to any lengths to secure an artifact.
In her original incarnation, crafted by Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston, she had no superpowers, just a burning jealousy of Wonder Woman and a spotted cat costume.
But in her modern incarnation, Cheetah has been molded into something of a funhouse mirror of Wonder Woman’s drive and origins. She is also a woman who is endowed with godly power, but where Diana derives her powers from gods who she loves and respects, Cheetah sought power for more selfish reasons. And her godly patrons are anything but reciprocal to her “devotion.”
Barbara Anne Minerva is an archeologist who has dedicated her life to seeking out the divine in what most people consider to be legends — in the most recent retelling of Wonder Woman’s origin (written by Greg Rucka and drawn by Liam Sharp and Nicola Scott), Minerva was greatly motivated by meeting and working with Diana. The revelation that Themyscira and the Amazons were truly real drove her to seek out other evidence of ancient gods.
Eventually, she found it, in the form of the fictional god Urzkartaga, who transformed her body and endowed it with powers — great strength, razor claws and teeth, a predator’s hunting senses and superhuman speed — at a heavy price — uncontrollable bloodlust and cannibalistic urges.
Many fans of the DC movies have responded negatively on who is casted to play the roles of the comic book characters. People doubted Gal Gadot when she was cast to play as Wonder Woman. People felt that she didn’t look like a amazonian woman. They said the same thing about Ben Afleck who is currently playing the role of Batman. However now that we saw these actors on screen we see that the actors have done a good job representing who the character is.
So if Kristin Wiig does get casted to play Dr. Barbara aka Cheetah, we may be surprised when the movie officially comes out.