Maxwell Lord, Cheetah, and Good Ol’ Wonder Woman
During Saturday’s virtual FanDome event, DC released a new Wonder Woman 1984 trailer. The trailer gives us a look at the new villains, and some new looks for Diana Prince, AKA Wonder Woman, AKA Gal Gadot.
In Wonder Woman 1984, Kristen Wiig takes on the role of Cheetah, AKA Barbara Ann Minerva. She goes through a progressive transformation as the villain, eventually sporting fur and a tail. Cheetah is one of Wonder Woman’s most iconic archenemies; she first appeared in Wonder Woman #6 in 1943 as Priscilla Rich. Barbara Ann Minerva is the current Cheetah incarnation.
Barbara Ann Minerva is an “ambitious, selfish, and severely neurotic” British archaeologist. While in Africa, she discovers a spiritual leader with the power of a cheetah. The leader is killed by marauders, and Barbara transfers her power to herself; this gives her “orange skin with black spots, a tail and claws, as well as superhuman senses and reflexes”. The power is a curse, as well, though, as she experiences great pain when in human form and “bloodthirsty euphoria” when in cheetah form.
William Moulton Marston created the character, based on “the folly of abnormal emotions such as jealousy”. She was also to be an example of what Marston called “less actively developed women”, which Wikipedia defines as “emotionally misaligned [women] who needed emotional reform by a love leader (Wonder Woman)”.
Played by Pedro Pascal, Maxwell Lord makes his cinematic debut in Wonder Woman 1984. The character has previously appeared in episodes of Smallville and Supergirl.
Debuting in Justice League #1 in 1987, Maxwell Lord is a “shrewd and powerful businessman” who helped create the Justice League International. After Crisis on Infinite Earths he implemented the plan to bring the Justice League under his control.
Maxwell Lord has appeared in many DC issues over the years. Initially, he had no powers, but eventually became a metahuman; he now has the power to subconsciously influence peoples’ minds. His powers eventually grew to the point where he could take control of Superman; this caused such a threat as to force Wonder Woman to kill him to free Superman. According to Variety, Maxwell has figured out how to give people their deepest desires. We’ll see where his storyline takes him in Wonder Woman 1984.
The Wonder Woman 1984 Trailer
The trailer features a lot of running, a stunning white dress, the apparent return of Steve Trevor (played by Chris Pine), and some absolutely sick golden armor for Wonder Woman. It doesn’t tell us a lot about the storyline, but gives us some great visuals that draw us in and increase the intrigue.
According to the panel, the film is set to release on October 2, but there was no release date in the trailer; it only stated that the film would be “only in theaters”.