Jenkins’ announcement was full of praise for Wiig. And, though the reactions from fans have been mixed (what’s new?) I think this is a great move. Cheetah is an exercise in multitasking. She is either an uptight socialite or scientist by day and a a wild, untamed criminal by night. Who has played more characters than Wiig? Who is better at pent-up/uptight/repressed AND crazy, creepy and weird? Wiig has the best timing in the business and an incredible ability to play all sides of this character.
There are, of course, those who say she can’t match up to the strength and agility of Gal Gadot. Give her a chance! Maybe she can… maybe she doesn’t need to. It’ll all depend on how the character is written, what effects are used and how much she relies on a stunt person (and she wouldn’t be the first).
So excited to confirm the most thrilling news. Yes! It’s true! So incredibly lucky to welcome the sensationally talented Kristen Wiig to our Wonder Woman family. Can’t wait to finally work with one of my favorites. And SO excited by what we have planned. #Cheetah!!! @GalGadot pic.twitter.com/Gn0jICiIAH
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) March 9, 2018
Gadot is on board. She tweeted a warm welcome to Wiig as well. I’m with her. DC films need the character, timing, wit and excitement that Marvel has had a lock on since Iron Man. Wonder Woman gave us that. Kristen Wiig is the one to bring it to the next level.
I’m SO excited welcome on board Kristen! This is going to be WONDERful! https://t.co/FqQ191m1s0
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) March 9, 2018
Wonder Woman 2 is set to hit theaters November 1, 2019.