Stand by for an important image from Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins:
OK, so maybe Barbara Minerva doesn't look very fearsome here, but she's going to be a formidable adversary once she launches into full Cheetah mode (if you hadn't already heard, Cheetah is Wonder Woman 1984's Big Bad, and comes equipped with ferocious strength, razor-sharp claws, and superhuman agility; she's gonna be a force to be reckoned with).
For those unfamiliar with the character, here's a little background on Barbara Minerva, via Wikipedia:
"Ambitious, selfish, and severely neurotic, Barbara develops a passion for archaeology that eventually led her to search out a tribe in Africa which utilizes a female guardian with the powers of a cheetah. A band of marauders kill the guardian and most of what remained of her original expedition party. Barbara, with the aid of the priest, Chuma, the caretaker of the ancient plant god Urzkartaga, takes her place after being told that she would gain immortality. Her powers are conferred to her by ingesting a combination of human blood and the berries or leaves of Urzkartaga. Unfortunately for Minerva, the host of the Cheetah persona is intended to be a virgin. Minerva is not, however, so her transformations were part curse and part blessing, as she experiences severe pain and physical disability while in her human form and bloodthirsty euphoria while in her cat form."
Now, we're not sure all that backstory will find its way into Patty Jenkins' sequel, but we're certainly curious to see how much of it does make the cut. It's already fascinating to considering that Kristen Wiig, of all people, will be playing the lead villain in this highly-anticipated sequel; to know that she's playing such a bonkers character tips it over the edge from "fascinating" to "holy shit we can't wait to see this in action". We're super hyped about this casting, folks.
Anyway, more on Wonder Woman 1984 as it becomes available. In the meantime, what do you make of the photo above? Seeing any easter eggs in there we may have missed? Sound off in the comments section below