Wonder Woman 84: 6 Things You Need To Know About Cheetah

Just who is Kristen Wiig playing in Wonder Woman 1984?

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Boss Logic

A superhero is only as great as the obstacles she overcomes. Now while the Princess of Themyscira rarely comes across any baddy whom she can't tame with a toss of her lasso, there are still those who manage to leave their mark.

Throughout her illustrious history, one individual - or cat - Diana has always crossed paths with is the notorious Cheetah.

Starting all the way from the Golden Age to now, the sharp clawed evil doer has remained a thorn in Wonder Woman's side. After trading blows with the iconic hero for over half a century, she is finally set to get the live action treatment in Patty Jenkins' upcoming Wonder Woman sequel - Wonder Woman 1984.

While Cheetah has been a staple of Wonder Woman comics and DC animated productions over the years, this has still left people buzzing as to what iteration of the character we are going to see on the silver screen, and how she dovetails with Gal Gadot's acclaimed Wonder Woman.

And so, for both comics readers and casual fans, it has become a burning question that needs answering: who is Cheetah, and what can we expect from her in Wonder Woman 1984?

6. There Are Multiple Versions Of The Character In Comics

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DC Comics

Like most comic book characters, Cheetah has seen her own share of retcons and reboots. The original Cheetah that debuted during the Golden Age of Comics was a Washington DC socialite named Priscilla Rich.

She had a split personality and an inferiority complex. After becoming jealous of Wonder Woman and being unable to compete with her, she eventually snaps and adopts the moniker of Cheetah.

While she had no actual superpowers, her suit and brain made her a dangerous adversary nonetheless - even managing to incriminate Wonder Woman for a robbery of all things. As it usually is with villains, most of her schemes failed and she eventually retired to a cozy, secluded mansion.

However, criminal compulsions seemed to run in the family as when the villain Kobra offers her a place in his burgeoning band of evil doers, it is her niece, Debora Domaine, who answers the call - thus becoming the second person to don the moniker.

The version of Cheetah most recognized today came about following DC's massive 1985 crossover event Crisis on Infinite Earths, which rebooted the entire DC comics universe. This new Cheetah, Barbara Ann Minerva, was a big departure from the previous two as now there was a supernatural element to her story.

While the previous two had no powers, Minerva most certainly did. Gaining her abilities courtesy of a ritual, she boasted super strength, agility and lethal claws and fangs as part of her arsenal. Given she's considered the most iconic incarnation so far, it was no surprise she was the Cheetah chosen to arrive on the big screen.


After battling Galactus and pinning Hulk Hogan in the main event of Wrestlemania, I've taken a break from living in fantasy worlds, to focus on writing about them. I'm a comic book geek, a wrestling mark, a break dancer, and a scientist. One of those things may not be true.