In the same way that Batman has The Joker and Superman has Lex Luthor, Wonder Woman has Barbara Ann Minerva a.k.a. Cheetah. The feline-themed villain has been a staple in the comics going back to the 1940s, regularly going toe-to-toe with Princess Diana of Themyscira, and their conflicts have been a key part of the heroine’s iconic history.
As such, it was only a matter of time before the character got her time in the limelight on the big screen (which will finally happen in the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984 where she will be played by Kristin Wiig), but what you probably don’t know is that Patty Jenkins at one point considered teasing Minerva’s existence in the first Wonder Woman movie.
This interesting revelation actually comes from an on-set interview with the director two years ago when Wonder Woman 1984 was still in production. Talking with visiting reporters, including myself, between set-ups, the first question Jenkins was asked was in regard to the planning of the sequel and the development of ideas that came up in the making of the first movie. Discussing discussions about the role that Cheetah could play during the making of the first Wonder Woman, the filmmaker teased a cameo-that-never-was by saying,
Knowing we wanted Cheetah… I think we even talked about wanting Cheetah to show up in the beginning of the last movie cause we were going to even plant her in the first one. So it was kind of forming up for a long time.
For those who don’t recall the beginning of the first Wonder Woman, the movie started with a contemporary scene set after the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – featuring Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince living a life in obscurity working as a museum curator at the Louvre in Paris, France. Had Barbara Ann Minerva been teased or made some kind of appearance, it’s interesting to think that she perhaps could been introduced as a colleague of Diana’s, as that’s the nature of the relationship between the two characters in Wonder Woman 1984 (which is a major change from the comics).