A “Saturday Night Live” alum could be making her way into the world of DC. Kristen Wiig (“Downsizing”) is currently in talks to play Cheetah, an age-old nemesis of Wonder Woman, in the upcoming sequel “Wonder Woman 2,” according to Deadline.
Warner Bros. has been mostly mum on the development of the upcoming sequel, though they have confirmed several key tidbits: Gal Gadot will return to her role, as will director Patty Jenkins, and the next film is set during the peak of the Cold War in the late 1980s. They’ve kept their silence on the possibility of Chris Pine’s return, as the studio still has an option for Pine even though his character, Steve Trevor, died in the first film.
The news of Wiig’s potential casting in a super villain role is a surprise, as the writer/comedian/actor is best known for her comedic chops on “Saturday Night Live,” “Bridesmaids” and “Ghostbusters.” This would Wiig’s first time in the shoes of a super villain, should she take the role.
For those not up on their DC trivia, Cheetah is one of DC Comics’ oldest super villains whose mantle has been worn by several characters since Wonder Woman comic book origins in the 1940s. The current version of Cheetah is Barbara Ann Minerva, a “superpowered woman with werewolf-like powers” who first appeared in 1987, according to The Wrap. According to ThatHashtagShow, who first claimed that Cheetah would appear in “Wonder Woman 2,” Wiig would be playing Minerva, a British anthropologist who becomes a cheetah-like super after stumbling into an ancient ritual in the lost city of Urzkartagan.
“Wonder Woman” blew away the competition during its theatrical run, pulling in $821 million worldwide and sending potential sequels higher up on Warner Bros.’ “To Shoot” list. The film became the top-grossing superhero origin movie of all time, along with the most profitable superhero movie to be helmed by a female director.
“Wonder Woman 2” hits theaters Nov. 1, 2019.