While much of Warner Bros. DC film slate seems to be in flux, one project stands on extraordinarily firm ground: the sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman, the most well-received of Warner Bros. recent DC flicks. The original film took in nearly $822M worldwide on a $149M budget, making it a very profitable film and pushing a sequel to the top of Warner Bros. to do list.
With production slated to begin in the UK in late May (we were given a tentative start date of May 28th), it should come as no surprise that the studio is preparing to cast. We are told that Chris Pine, Ewen Bremner and Said Taghmaoiu are all set to return alongside the film’s star, Gal Gadot, and that Warner Bros. has now turned its attention to the film’s main antagonist: Cheetah!
The film is said to follow Diana Prince into the 1980s where she will (somehow) reunite with Steve Trevor to take on the now dissolved Soviet Union. According to our source, somewhere in that mix will be the classic DC comics’ villainess Cheetah. You won’t have to dig too deeply into Google to discover that Cheetah sits atop the most wanted list of a large percentage of DC fans, but this is no fan fiction. With just 3 months until filming and with the polished script from Geoff Johns and Dave Callaham in hand, Warner Bros. is on the prowl for their Cheetah and though it’s by no means a done deal at this point, we are told the studio was eyeing actress Emma Stone for the role, but we recently confirmed that she has passed on the role.
Comic book fans will probably know that the mantle of Cheetah has been held by more than one villain over the years and, thanks to our source, we can shed some light on which iteration to expect in the film. Wonder Woman 2 is set to feature Barbara Ann Minerva, a British anthropologist who becomes the avatar of the cheetah god after locating the lost city of Urzkartagan and stumbling into the middle of an ancient ritual. The third of four characters to carry the mantle of Cheetah, Minerva first appeared in 1987 in George Perez and Len Wein’s post-Crisis Wonder Woman, Vol. 2, #7 and, after a brief hiatus, reclaimed the title in 2011 when DC launched the New 52.
It will be interesting to see how WB/DC chooses to bring Cheetah to life on screen and, with so much history behind the character, if they decide to go with an amalgamation of the four different versions of the character or if they fully adopt the New 52 version. With filming just a few months away, we should have some confirmation on this news soon but, in the meantime, keep checking in with That Hashtag Show for news you aren’t getting anywhere else!