Names previously linked to upcoming comic book films have firmed up their involvement.
First, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins let the world know that Kristen Wiig will indeed play Cheetah in the upcoming sequel.
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
Cheetah was created by William Moulton Marston and artist H. G. Peter in 1943. That initial version, named Priscilla Rich, was a debutante who experienced an identity crisis after Diana upstaged her at a charity event. Her new persona, The Cheetah, ordered Rich to take revenge on Wonder Woman. Since the Golden Age, two other women have taken on the Cheetah costume and matched claws with Diana — though subsequent revisions to continuity have attempted to compress those characters into a single person: Barbara Ann Minerva, an archeologist interested in Diana’s lasso. The film version of the character will feature in a plot set in the 1980s, according to previous reports. The film is slated for a November 1st, 2019 release.
Meanwhile, Vin Diesel’s deal to play Bloodshot in the film based on the Valiant Entertainment title of the same name has closed, according to Deadline. The Sony Pictures film will be directed by Dave Wilson with a script from Arrival writer Eric Heisserer. Created by Kevin VanHook, Don Perlin and Bob Layton, the Bloodshot comic book centered on resurrected former soldier given superhuman abilities thanks to nanites in his blood. As he tries to recover his memories, he also faces a conspiracy within the organization which brought him back to life. The film is not currently scheduled for release.