After days of rumors and speculation, Wonder Woman 2 director Patty Jenkins confirmed on Twitter that actress Kristen Wiig had been cast in the sequel to the smash hit of summer 2017. Wonder Woman. It had been speculated for the past week or so that Wiig may make the jump into the superhero genre and today it was announced that she will portray the villainous Cheetah in the Wonder Woman sequel.
Wiig, of course, has long been known for her comedic talents, having been a cast member of Saturday Night Live for many years. She also made the very well received comedy Bridesmaids and has seen great success since then as well.
On March 9th, Jenkins took to Twitter and announced the casting, saying:
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
This will undoubtedly be a new turn for Wiig, but it is an interesting one. Wonder Woman was an outstanding movie that was as important to comic book fans as it was to pop culture in general. It not only confirmed that a blockbuster film led by a woman and helmed by a female director could be a success, but it also provided someone for young girls to look up to. The sequel certainly has a lot to live up to, but Gal Gadot, the star of the first film, and Jenkins reuniting definitely creates a recipe for success.
So who is the character Wiig will be playing? Let’s dive in.
Initially, an archaeologist named Dr. Barbara Minerva, she becomes the villain Cheetah when she is transformed by a priest in a strange ritual (you know, comics.) She possesses superhuman strength, durability, speed, agility, as well as the traditional characteristics of a cheetah such as claws and fangs. She can also command actual cheetahs to fight for her. She is one of Wonder Woman’s archenemies, so it will indeed be interesting to see this conflict unfold on screen and Wiig is an exciting choice for the role.
We look forward to seeing this battle for ourselves when Wonder Woman 2 is released on November 1, 2019.