Wonder Woman has been a massive hit. After just a few weeks since its release, the film has already passed the $200 million mark in the US alone. So, it should come as no surprise that Warner Bros. wants to capitalize on this success with a sequel. While there’s no official confirmation of a sequel yet, we have a few ideas for who could be the next big bad for Wonder Woman to face off against.
Cheetah is widely considered to be Wonder Woman’s most iconic foe. So much so, in fact, that the decision to use Ares as the film’s ‘big bad’ surprised many hardcore fans. Cheetah has been one of Wonder Woman’s longest running villains (yes, that was a pun), first appearing in Wonder Woman #6 in 1943, and has remained a constant adversary to Princess Diana over the years.
There have been many incarnations of Cheetah over the years, all with varying origin stories and power levels. If the writers were to use Cheetah in the sequel, we’d expect some constants that her cinematic version would have. For one, nearly all those who don the mantle of Cheetah have cheetah-like abilities, excluding a few versions who merely wear a cheetah costume.
Cheetah has been known to have all the typical superhuman powers like strength, durability, speed, and agility. Fun Fact: Cheetah’s New Earth incarnation trained with the evil speedster, Zoom to become much, much faster than a cheetah. Cheetah would also need claws and fangs, which are enchanted to allow her to cut almost anything. One version of the character’s claws even had a special ability to “infect” those who it comes into contact with, including Kryptonians. Once “infected”, a victim of Cheetah’s claws would develop a cheetah-like appearance and animalistic traits.
Although not specifically a Wonder Woman villain, Maxwell Lord certainly has potential to be a Wonder Woman big bad as she actually killed him in the comics. When he first appeared in the comics, he was something of a hero, organizing and bankrolling a new Justice League.
However, his true colors surfaced and he was later revealed to be a criminal mastermind whose purpose was not to help the Justice League, but to sabotage them.
With telepathic abilities that allow him to control even Superman, Maxwell Lord would make for quite an interesting foe. Similar to how Marvel crossovers heroes in their solo films, we could see a Wonder Woman movie where Wonder Woman has to battle a Justice League under Lord’s influence.
Given the villain of Wonder Woman was an immortal, it doesn’t seem too far-fetched for the filmmakers to choose another.
First Born, as he is called, has no name. He is the child of Zeus and Hera, and as comes with his divine ancestry, he is an immortal Olympian. However, to merely call him an immortal doesn’t do this powerhouse justice.
First Born definitely ranks among the most powerful villains in the DC Universe. His Olympian powers are even above those of Ares, who himself is above the rest of the Olympians. He was able to take blows from Orion of the New Gods with ease and was able to pry open a Boom Tube, with his bare hands (a first for the DC Comics Universe).
His invulnerability protects him to the extent that he was able to crawl through the crust of the Earth, and his telepathic abilities allow him to goad any opponent he wishes to battle (if you aren’t a god or have similar power, he won’t even look at you), including Wonder Woman. However, non-gods don’t get off easy; First Born is also in control of an army of ferocious were-hyena soldiers.
It’s definitely not out of the question that the filmmakers could step up the competition for Wonder Woman with an immortal like First Born.
If you are familiar with mythology, you might recognize Circe as having Greek roots, just like Ares. And like Ares, she shares quite a bit with her mythological antecedent. These similarities include immortality, stunning beauty, a powerful command over sorcery, and a penchant for turning humans into animals.
One of her most unique characteristics is her siren-like call that magically summons, lures, and seduces men towards her. Depending on how far ahead in time the Wonder Woman sequel is set, we could see her battle Circe to win back Steve Trevor or maybe even Bruce Wayne or Clark Kent (who is susceptible to magic).
Want to learn more about the current villains of the Wonder Woman film? We break down everything you need to know about them here.