As the DCEU looks to Wonder Woman 2 to redeem the flagging franchise, one fan artist is starting the hype early by creating their own poster for the sequel, teasing the arrival of the villain Cheetah.
With Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman being held in amazingly high regard compared the majority of DC movies that Warner Bros. have released since 2013, most people only managed to find fault with the introduction of Ares as a lackluster villain. Suffering something of an MCU villain problem, Jenkins and co. will surely be looking to fix this in Wonder Woman 2, while the arrival of fan-favorite Cheetah could do just that.
There has been a recent flurry of news that Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig could take the role of Cheetah. There were already reports that the Barbara Ann Minerva era of the villainess could play a part, and it looks like we are one step closer. Fan artist BossLogic already imagined Wiig as Cheetah, but now the artist has turned their creative hand to craft a poster for Wonder Woman 2 that puts Cheetah as the focal point:
Gal Gadot's Diana Prince is obviously still the lead, but if we head to the lost city of Urzkartaga, expect her to have to share her screen time with the feral Cheetah. With some Wolverine-esque claws torn out of the poster, it is a clever play on the artwork to create the "II" of Wonder Woman 2.
Given that Wonder Woman stormed the box office with its female-first stance on superhero movies, it makes sense that Jenkins goes with what worked the first time and tweaks what didn't. Not only is Cheetah a favorite from the comics, but her inclusion would also play on people's current love of strong women taking over from the spandex-clad men that dominate the likes of the MCU and DCEU. Wonder Woman did have the inclusion of Elena Anaya's Doctor Poison, but as an equally underwhelming villain, perhaps it is time to give a powerful woman a crack of the whip to face-off against Wonder Woman.
Obviously, any form of official artwork is still a way off yet, but with Wonder Woman 2 scheduled for a 2019 release, expect the casting wheels to start turning pretty soon. Alongside a possible Cold War setting and the return of Steve Trevor, it sounds like there is a lot to pack into Diana's second solo movie, but here's hoping it can live up to the original and not fall into that murky Justice League territory. Even with a mixed response to the idea of if Wiig's casting, it looks more and more likely every day that Cheetah will be helping Wonder Woman 2 claw its way to the top of the box office.
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