Kristen Wiig is in talks to play the Cheetah in the “Wonder Woman” sequel, according to multiple reports.
It is yet to clear which version of the classic character Wigg will play, and if the film will have a comedic take on the “Wonder Woman” antagonist. As with the case of most comic book characters, there are multiple renditions of the feline villainous. The first Cheetah, aka Priscilla Rich, appeared as a foe to Wonder Woman in the 1940’s. Rich was first created as a debutante donning a cat suit suffering from a split personality disorder. She fights the Amazonian after being obsessed with the lasso of truth.
Wiig is a rising star in Hollywood and looks to be branching out into more diverse roles. The SNL alum was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing Bridesmaid. She also starred in the “Ghostbusters” reboot, “Downsizing,” and “The Martian.”
Because of Wiig’s background in comedy, one might assume that this version of Cheetah will be more comic relief than daunting foe, but we have seen charming actors play compelling villains in the past (Heath Ledger as Jokers comes to mind). Unfortunately, that doesn’t always pay off. Comedians don’t have the best track record when it comes to playing villains. I’m sure Patty Jenkins wants to avoid another Jim Carry Riddler situation.
The follow-up to the extremely successful “Wonder Woman” will be set during the Cold War era of the 1980’s. That will place the events of the film right smack in the middle of the first “Wonder Woman” and last summers “Justice League.”
“Wonder Woman” is a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing outing from the last three years of DC films. While “Justice League” sputtered at the box office, Patty Jenkins’ women-empowerment film soared to $821 million worldwide. The critical success may have single-handedly saved the DC cinematic universe from extinction.
Kristen Wiig has not officially been offered the role, but is so far the only name attached to it. “Wonder Woman” is set to release in theaters November 1, 2019.