‘Wonder Woman 2’ Confirms Kristen Wiig as Cheetah – Here’s What You Need to Know About This Fierce Villain

/Film | 3/9/2018 | Hoai-Tran Bui
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Wonder Woman has done battle with the gods. What could possibly be next?

One of Diana of Themyscira’s most famous foes: Cheetah. Sometimes she’s a villain of Diana’s own making, sometimes she’s a friend turned into Diana’s worst enemy, and sometimes she’s the corrupt, twisted foil to everything Wonder Woman stands for.

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And with Kristen Wiig officially confirmed to star as Cheetah in Wonder Woman 2, it’s time to dive into this character. Who is Cheetah? What does she want? And what version of her will we see on the big screen come 2019?

Who is Cheetah?

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Cheetah is one of Wonder Woman’s biggest adversaries. She’s had four incarnations in the comics — the vengeful debutante Priscilla Rich (the Golden and Silver Age Cheetah), Priscilla’s niece Deborah Domaine (the Bronze Age Cheetah), Barbara Ann Minerva (the post-Crisis and current Cheetah), and the one-time male Cheetah Sebastian Ballesteros.

But the one we’ll be focusing on is Barbara Ann Minerva.

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Dr. Barbara Minerva is an ambitious, greedy British archaeologist who seeks out a tribe in Africa protected by female guardian imbued with powers of a cheetah god. After the guardian is killed, Barbara convinces the high priest to make her the female guardian after learning that the ritual would make her immortal. She drinks a potion mixed human blood and mystical leaves, and transforms into a part-cheetah, part-human figure with superhuman abilities. But because she was not a virgin at the time of the ritual, Barbara becomes weak and crippled when in human form, and euphoric and bloodthirsty in cheetah form.

Barbara’s origin story has been tweaked in recent runs to make her a more sympathetic character. Both the New 52 reboot in 2011 and the DC Rebirth relaunch in 2016 reworked Barbara’s origin to being a close friend of Diana’s before her transformation. While the New 52 version...
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