Look out DC fans, this Cheetah has claws!
Warner Bros. has released a new poster for Wonder Woman 1984, featuring Kristin Wiig as Barbara Ann Minerva/Cheetah, one of the film’s major villains.
The poster, while slightly obscured with a digital effect, gives us our best glimpse so far of the character in her transformed state. With the film’s release delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, other new information has been hard to come by. However, we’ve managed to pick out a few choice facts.
Here’s everything we know about Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984.
In the comics, there have been four Incarnations of Cheetah.
In the history of DC comics, there have been three major incarnations of the Cheetah character: Priscilla Rich, Deborah Domaine, and Barbara Ann Minerva.
Barbara Ann Minerva is the current and longest-serving Cheetah. The fourth, and only male Cheetah, Sebastian Ballasteros, briefly usurped the powers of the Cheetah in 2001. However, Sebastian’s reign was short, ending when Minerva murders him to reclaim her powers.
Rich, Domaine, and Ballasteros were erased from continuity in DC’s 2011 relaunch. Now, the names are simply aliases under which Barbara Ann Minerva commits her crimes.
The Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984 will be Barbara Ann Minerva
In her original DC comics backstory, Barbara Ann Minerva was an heiress turned archaeologist. While on an expedition in Africa, Minerva encounters the plant god Urzkatarga, who grants her the power of the Cheetah. Cheetah eventually develops a fierce rivalry with Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman 1984’s Barbara also appears to start out as an archaeologist, however, the character also pulls elements from the comics’ second Cheetah, Deborah Domaine. Like Domaine, the film’s Minerva is initially friends with Diana. It is only after her transformation into Cheetah that their relationship becomes adversarial. It also looks like the cause of her transformation may be different.
Barbara’s transformation into Cheetah is possibly linked to Maxwell Lord
Multiple theories suggest that Minerva’s transformation into Cheetah is tied to the film’s other villain, Maxwell Lord. This is unconfirmed, however, promo shots from the film show the pair in a romantic relationship. Other set photos depict Cheetah battling Wonder Woman to rescue Lord. So, the two villains are obviously working together.
Hopefully we’ll learn more during SDCC @ Home. Otherwise, we’ll just have to wait until the film is released. Wonder Woman 1984 is currently set to hit theatres in October 2020.
Check out the trailer here: