No, I’m just kidding. This seems like a bizarre choice to me. It makes me a little worried about the direction they are taking in Wonder Woman 2, the sequel to what, for me, is basically the one decent movie the DC Cinematic Universe has produced thus far.
SNL Vet Kristen Wiig Has Been Cast as Wonder Woman’s Nemesis, Cheetah
So director Patty Jenkins has confirmed that Kristen Wiig (a veteran of other super-heroic action movies like Bridesmaids and the blockbuster hit that was 2016’s Ghostbusters) has been cast as Cheetah by saying in a tweet:
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.
Which worries me that the reason she was cast was because Patty Jenkins had been wanting to work with her, not because she would be the best fit for the role.
The Obvious Similarities Between the Previous Wonder Woman Movie and a Second-Tier Judd Apatow Comedy
I’ve got nothing. Bueller? Bueller?
But I’m Not Going to Rush to Judge
Because who knows? Maybe it will work. I wasn’t convinced by Gal Gadot’s casting as Wonder Woman when it was first announced, not even a little, and I ultimately thought she made an excellent Wonder Woman.
When I was but a wee sprout of 19, I was mystified at hearing that Michael Keaton had been cast as Batman. But as it turned out, I loved Batman ’89 and went to see it twice in the theater. So despite the fact I can’t remotely see how this works, I won’t rush to judge. But I will be concerned.
Often, comics geeks and fanboys do get concerned about how little a cast actor seems to resemble a character. Yet it often turns out fine. In the case of Kristen Wiig, there’s also the matter of her acting style and, frankly, her voice. Nothing I’ve seen from her before suggests she would be a good fit for Cheetah.
But I’ve been wrong about this stuff before. So here’s crossing my fingers that I’m wrong once again.
I realize not everybody, not even all of my fellow Goblins, enjoyed Wonder Woman as much as I did. But I really did like it, and consider it the single film in the DC Cinematic Universe that was both done well and honored the character.
Hopefully the casting of Wiig as Cheetah turns out to be a better idea than I think it is.
What do you guys think?
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