Wonder Woman Cheetah – Comic Book Origins Explained | After the release of the first trailer of Wonder Woman 1984 everyone is excited about the sequel. The trailer was pretty interesting as we saw that the movie is going to be set in 1984. Pedro Pascal and Kristina Wig have also joined the DC universe as Maxwell Lord and Cheetah.
For those people who don’t have any idea about the Cheetah character, she is one of Wonder Woman’s most iconic villains. There have been several individuals who have taken on the name of the cheetah throughout the years. Some have worn costume others have taken on a real animalistic form but in all cases, they have been a deadly and ferocious hunter with a taste for Wonder Woman’s blood.
The first cheetah was a socialite named Priscilla rich. She became jealous when Wonder Woman stole the spotlight from her at a charity event. When Wonder Woman performed a dangerous stunt Priscilla tied up the unwitting Wonder Woman with her magic lasso hoping to sabotage the stunt and kill the heroine in the process, but she failed.
Later alone in her apartment Priscilla raged out looking in the mirror she saw her reflection dressed in a cheetah costume the reflection talked to her telling her to take her cheetah rug make it into a costume and become a villain intent on wiping out the Amazonian princess.
Priscilla, the victim of a split personality did as she was told and the cheetah was born. Wonder Woman tangled with Priscilla numerous times over the next few decades but in 1980 a new cheetah emerged.
Devi domain was Priscilla’s niece when Debbie visited her aunt who was on her deathbed she accidentally discovered her secret identity unfortunately she was kidnapped by the master villain Cobra. He brainwashed her so that she was transformed into the new cheetah.
In 1987 DC relaunched Wonder Woman in a new series that took her back to her very beginnings. In this series, a woman named Barbara Minerva became very interested in Wonder Woman. She was especially interested in the Amazonians’ iconic magic lasso and decided that she must have it.
With her companion, an African priest named Juma, Barbara arranged to meet Wonder Woman promising that she had an Amazonian artifact that Wonder Woman could use. Unfortunately for Minerva as soon as she touched the magic lasso which compels people to speak the truth, she was forced to admit that she was deceiving Wonder Woman.
Minerva then decided to take revenge on Wonder Woman. Chuma prepared a special potion using a mysterious African plant and the blood of a human sacrifice which transformed Minerva into the cheetah. Rather than a woman wearing a costume, this cheetah was a half-human half-animal hybrid.
She had the speed, the claws, and the feral instincts of the jungle animal and skillful enough to draw blood from even the likes of Wonder Woman.
Yet another cheetah appeared in 2001 and this one was significantly different from those that came earlier. A man named Sebastian Valestra Rose came into the possession of Minerva’s plant and used it to become the first male cheetah. This character’s career in the comic books was short-lived when DC revamped its entire line with the new 52.
The cheetah character got a revised origin as well readers learned that the sand tribe of Africa had been protected by the cheetah, the goddess of the hunt. They would choose one tribal member in each generation to be the host for the Cheetah’s spirit but when a hunter used a magical knife known as the God Slayer to kill the cheetah the spiritual being transferred its life force into the knife.
That knife ended up in the possession of a woman named Lita who was the leader of an all-woman commune called Amazonia. These women worshiped the hunt and ruthlessly enjoyed killing humans. Barbara Minerva was raised in this commune and was ordered to hunt down and kill her brother.
After her mission was completed, Lita then stabbed Barbara with the God Slayer transferring the spirit of the cheetah to her. Barbara has taken on numerous aliases including Priscilla rich and Debbie domain over the years.
Eventually, she returned to kill Lita her last tie with Barbara Minerva so that she could be the cheetah full-time. Cheetah has grown more and more bloodthirsty over the years making her an increasingly dangerous foe for Wonder Woman. She’s also spent time with various groups of villains including the suicide squad.
Wonder Woman Cheetah | So this was the complete comic book origin story of Wonder Woman’s infamous foe, Cheetah. I hope you guys liked this article and don’t forget to share this with the people who don’t know about the character. Wonder Woman 1984 will release in theatres on 5 June 2020.