The origin for Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984 may have been teased in a set photo. Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot gave fans around the world a DC movie to universally love last year. Wonder Woman was a big hit with critics and audiences responded by making the film a box office phenom. Warner Bros. isn't messing with the franchise for the sequel, even if DC Films is under new leadership. Jenkins and Gadot are back to direct and star, respectively, and the sequel is even finding a way to bring back Chris Pine - as Screen Rant first reported.
When it comes to new additions, the casting of Kristen Wiig was the first big announcement to be made. She will bring Barbara Ann Minerva aka Cheetah into the DC universe. Although Jenkins released a photo of Wiig in the human form, fans are still waiting to see her transformed look. And now it looks like they may be close to filming her origin based on a new set photo and location.
An Egyptian village set was spotted being built on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura, as spotted by @WonderWomanHQ. The photo comes prior to filming actually taking place at this location, but the Egyptian setting is what has caught everyone's attention. Given Minerva's archeological interests, this could be one of the locations she journeys to, possibly even the one where she first gains the ability to become Cheetah.
The future move to the Canary Island has been expected for some time. It was previously reported that the Canary Islands was going to be one of the locations used in Wonder Woman 1984. At the time, speculation arose that it could be the location of Cheetah's true origin. In the comics, Minerva becomes Cheetah after going through a ritual to gain the powers of the cheetah god Urzkartaga. Even though Wiig is playing the Minerva version of Cheetah, whether or not the film stays true to the comic origin isn't clear - although the first image may indicate a comic faithful story.
Fans of the character are anxiously waiting to see how Wiig is going to bring Cheetah to life. Her casting was initially met with some pause as she's best known for her comedic work, but Wiig is more than just a comedian. Some of the fierceness she'll likely bring to the role is glimpsed in a set video, where she also utilizes a super-human jump. The future first look at Wiig as the powered version of Cheetah will be an early barometer test for how fans will truly embrace Wiig's take. Under the guidance of Jenkins though, Cheetah should be in good hands throughout Wonder Woman 1984's story.
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