5 villains Wonder Woman may face in the sequel
From Cheetah to Maxwell Lord, who will be the big bad for the warrior princess's return in 2019? And could Kristen Wiig be playing that role?
With the "Wonder Woman" sequel now a little less than two years away from hitting theaters on Nov. 1, 2019, rumors over who the Amazon warrior princess will go toe-to-toe against next are flying fast and furious. The female superhero, played by Israeli actress Gal Gadot, kicked things off in the original film by taking down her classic nemesis Ares, the god of war. What kind of villain could possibly fill his (very) large screen presence?
The latest rumor is that American comedian and former "Saturday Night Live" alum Kristen Wiig might be a contender for playing the sequel's big baddie. If true, the move could be interpreted a number of ways: One, that Warner Bros. is interested in injecting a lighter, more humorous tone into the sequel, a possible nod to the box office success of films like "Thor: Ragnarok" and "Deadpool." Or two, that Wiig is looking to move beyond her comedy roots and try something a bit more heavy. As film critic Scott Mendelson pointed out, it could be an inspired choice on par with the casting of another DC Comics super-villain.
Kristen Wiig as Cheetah in WONDER WOMAN 2 would be "Heath Ledger as the Joker"-level inspired casting.— Scott Mendelson (@ScottMendelson) March 1, 2018
We've gathered below a few of Wonder Woman's celebrated foes from the DC Comics universe and paired them with that actor or actress we think best suited for the role. Like the original, it's entirely possible that more than one villain will share the screen. Could Doctor Poison, played by Spanish actress Elena Anaya, have a return engagement with one of the sinister characters on our list?
While American director Patty Jenkins has yet to reveal any specific direction she'll be embracing in the sequel, we do know the story will not just be a rehash of the box office wonder that captivated the world.
"We’re actually making a totally different film with a lot of the same, similar like things that we love, but it’s its own movie completely, so it’s not ‘two’ to us," the director told Entertainment Tonight. "It’s an entirely new adventure together that we couldn’t be luckier [to do]."
Widely regarded as one of the greatest comic book villains of all time, Cheetah has a long been a major adversary of Wonder Woman, with her first appearance coming only six issues into the Amazon warrior princess' first run. While the first two characters to portray the female villain had no special abilities, the third – Dr. Barbara Ann Minerva, a British archaeologist – earned her superpowers by sacrificing her partner to an African plant god. With the blessing, she gains such abilities as superhuman strength, agility, speed and some complementing fangs and claws.
According to recent rumors, Patty Jenkins is seriously considering making Cheetah the main villain for Wonder Woman in the sequel. That Hashtag Show made headlines after reporting that Warner Bros. had originally approached American actress Emma Stone for the role, but that the "La La Land" Oscar winner turned them down. If they're open to suggestions, we'd like to recommend the talented Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer. In addition to cooly sharing court with Wilson Fisk in Netflix's "Daredevil," she also appeared as Superman's mother in "Man of Steel." Something tells us her experience taking on strong characters could easily carry over into the darkness, beauty, danger and physicality required for Cheetah.
Doctor Psycho, also known as Dr. Edgar Cizko, is a crazed, diminutive and misogynistic super-villain who uses psychic powers to control minds, shape dreams and even induce vivid hallucinations. He has long tangled with Wonder Woman and her allies, first appearing in comics as far back as July 1943. Owing to his malevolent schemes, he is also one of the founding members of Lex Luthor's amusingly named Secret Society of Super Villains.
In June 2017, Syfy made the brilliant suggestion that "Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage could pull off the perfect Doctor Psycho. "Dinklage is one of the best actors of any size working today and has a lot to bring to what would be a very verbose character," they add.
If Jenkins wanted to continue the Greek theme of villains started with Ares in the original, she could easily turn to the wicked sorceress Circe. Based on the Greek mythological figure who imprisoned Odysseus in Homer's "Odyssey," Circe is an ancient, near-immortal goddess who regularly attempts to destroy Wonder Woman and enslave all the peoples of Earth. In addition to being a seductress, she's also a necromancer, a power that Jenkins could potentially leverage to bring Wonder Woman's boyfriend back from the dead.
As for actors who could pull off Circe's menace, we could easily see American star Scarlett Johansson slipping easily into the role. Sure, she's more than likely already in prepping for a Black Widow solo movie, but this would offer yet another chance to have some fun opposite one of DC's greatest superheroes.
A powerful businessman on par with Lex Luthor, Maxwell Lord has long served in DC Comics as a kind of behind-the-scenes puppeteer manipulating the fates of various superheroes. While not originally containing any superpowers of his own, an alien invasion that mutates some of mankind bestows him with powers of mind control and manipulation. Despite having his neck snapped by Wonder Woman in the comics, Lord (like others before him) was later brought back to life by a mysterious power.
As for who could pull off Lord's chameleon-like shifts between savvy charming executive and malicious villain, we're partial to American actor Jon Hamm. Not only has the former "Mad Men" star already developed chemistry opposite Gadot in the spy comedy "Keeping up with the Joneses," but he's also played a convincing villain in the recent thriller "Baby Driver." Taking on the conniving Maxwell Lord would certainly be no great leap for this versatile star.
A kind of evil twin to Wonder Woman, the villain Devastation was born from the same Themyscirian clay as the warrior princess. The Titan god Cronus breathed life into this form and called her Deva; bestowing her with all the powers of Wonder Woman but with a malevolent twist. As such, the two demigods are evenly matched and often fight to a draw.
As for who could hold up this black mirror of evil to Wonder Woman's equal of light, we would have to go with British actress Daisy Ridley. Not only has this "Last Jedi" star proven her battle prowess in a galaxy far, far away in wielding a lightsaber, but she's also likely eager to show a bit of a dark side to Rey's light. Starring as Devastation in a "Wonder Woman" sequel could certainly provide her with the villainous credit her resume currently lacks. We also hear she's pretty good at karaoke, should the need arise for Devastation to break out into song.
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