Director Patty Jenkins confirmed that Kristen Wiig will be playing the Cheetah, the villain in Wonder Woman 2, alongside Gal Gadot who will reprise her role as Diana in the highly anticipated sequel.
Jenkins took to Twitter to confirm the good news. She wrote: “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!!! @GalGadot”
The Cheetah first appeared in Wonder Woman #6, back in 1943. A propos of her name, the Cheetah is feline-esque, with strength and speed to make her a purr-fect adversary against Wonder Woman. (And before you write in saying big cats don’t purr, cheetahs are the one exception to that rule. So there.)
There have been four different incarnations of the Cheetah since the character’s debut: Priscilla Rich (the Golden and Silver Age Cheetah), Deborah Domaine (the Bronze Age Cheetah), Barbara Ann Minerva (the post-Crisis and current Cheetah) and Sebastian Ballesteros (a male usurper who briefly assumed the role in 2001). In 2009, The Cheetah was ranked as IGN’s 69th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.
On whether Kristin Wiig is a good choice to play the villainous character in Wonder Woman 2, Vulture’s Abraham Riesman explains:
She’s certainly an interesting one! Cheetah is not traditionally played for laughs, and Wiig is generally cast in chuckle-generating parts. That said, she’s an enormously gifted performer and this could be one of those comedy-to-pathos turns that you’ve seen with folks like Bill Murray and Bob Odenkirk. Minerva’s also usually British, which would be a departure for Wiig. But hey, if Wiig can pull off scaring the shit out of you by shooting people point-blank in the head, she’s not to be underestimated.
We honestly can’t get enough of Wiig, so we’re super excited to see her take a departure from her classic comic caricatures for something a bit more… biting. We loved her black comedy cameo in Darren Aronofsky’s mother!, so we’re sure she’s only going to raise the bar for this performance.