Looking to build off the success of the first Wonder Woman film, director Patty Jenkins has tapped SNL alumni Kristen Wiig to bring the protagonist’s nemesis, the Cheetah, to life in the film’s sequel.
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 pic.twitter.com/Gn0jICiIAH
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) March 9, 2018
Wiig, who has been absolutely KILLING it in her career lately, will take a more serious role than her usual. In the DC world, Dr. Barbara Ann Minerva is an internationally renowned and super wealthy archaeologist with a secret — having sold her soul to the ancient god Urzkartaga, she also has the ability to change into a part cheetah part human hybrid. Kind of like a werewolf, only much quicker on her feet. She’s basically Wonder Woman’s arch nemesis, the Lex Luthor to her Superman.
The announcement has many a fan of Wiig and of the DC franchise excited.
Even Wonder Woman herself has voiced her approval of the latest addition to the cast.
I’m SO excited welcome on board Kristen! This is going to be WONDERful! https://t.co/FqQ191m1s0
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) March 9, 2018
Other fans, however, are having a tough time buying into the idea that the 44-year-old funny woman has the acting chops to pull off such a devious character as the Cheetah. To these people we simply say: have you seen that scene in the 2017 psychological thriller mother!? You can see it here if you haven’t, but you probably shouldn’t watch it before bedtime…
Also, we’ve seen plenty of super villains brought to life by comedians; in the DC Universe alone we’ve got Jim Carrey’s Riddler and Danny Devito’s Penguin as proof that funny can do evil too — though we suspect Wiig’s Cheetah won’t be as theatrical.
The sequel to the superheroine smash, which will hit theatres next December, is rumoured to be set in the ’80s Cold War. With any luck, Wiig will deliver a unique take on the classic villain (with big ’80s hair!) and go down in history as one of the great funny evil-doers.