While fans are eagerly waiting for Wonder Woman 1984 to be released in theatres, Kristen Wiig, a newcomer to superhero franchises teases about her character Cheetah. WW84 is a blockbuster-sized production that brings the titular Amazon warrior into the mid-1980s.
The Saturday Night Live alum and star of the rebooted Ghostbusters plays the role of the meek archaeologist Barbara Minerva, who comes to resent Diana Prince (Gal Gadot). The character first made its presence in Wonder Woman #6 in 1943 as socialite Priscilla Rich. However, her character metahuman Cheetah stems from the post-crisis version of the villain, Barbara Ann Minerva. She finds herself aligned with shrewd businessman Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) and this dynamic duo proves trouble for Wonder Woman.
During an interview with InStyle magazine, Wiig revealed that the production maintained secrecy on the set of Wonder Woman 1984. So much that she has only memories, not photos, of her first time being in costume as the Cheetah. She said, “No, we weren’t allowed to take any pictures. This was lockdown. They have it somewhere, and you will see it. But there are different evolutions to my character. I will leave you with that.”
The actress also revealed about her time spent in London shooting for Wonder Woman 1984. She said that she went through vigorous training to get into the supervillain shape. Wiig said, “My schedule wasn’t like Gal’s by any means, because she was there all day every day. But I had stunt training, and when they’d show me previews of what I’d have to do, I’d be like, ‘Are you insane?’ By the end, I felt strong and had a ton of energy. I felt good — it wasn’t about getting skinny or muscly. But I went through so much Epsom salt. And wine.”
When asked about how she joined the DC extended universe, Kristen Wiig recalls that Patty Jenkins, director of Wonder Woman franchise, approached her during the “very secretive” early stages of the casting. She said that the director would not reveal anything about the film and she wants to talk to her.