|“||You missed my wedding, Diana... but you'rrre still in time for the feast. You said you would come. You lied.||„|
|~ Barbara Ann Minerva|
|“||What are you staring at, Goddess of Love? Am I not beautiful, as you are? Say I am beautiful. Say I am worthy.||„|
The Cheetah is the name of four villains in the DC Universe, although the current Cheetah, Barbara Ann Minerva, is the best-known version of the character. She is the archenemy of Wonder Woman.
The Golden Age Cheetah was socialite Priscilla Rich. Jealous of Wonder Woman (the Golden Age version, later retconned to be Wonder Woman's mother, Hippolyta)'s fame, Priscilla was driven to villainy by her second personality, the Cheetah. Donning a cheetah costume, Priscilla became Wonder Woman's archnemesis, until her retirement, and eventual death.
The niece of the Golden Age Cheetah, Deborah was a friend of Wonder Woman, until the villainous Kobra brainwashed her into picking up her aunt's evil legacy. This version no longer exists due to the Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Barbara Ann Minerva
Much like her Golden Age predecessor, Dr. Barbara Ann Minerva was driven by envy to become a villain. A selfish, spoiled heiress, Minerva received her Cheetah powers and form from the sacrifice of her partner to an African plant god. However, because the ceremony is meant for virgins (hint-hint), her powers are half curse, half blessing. Minerva decided to challenge Wonder Woman's powers upon hearing of her arrival to Man's World in order to steal her magic lasso. Since then, the Cheetah has proven to be one of Wonder Woman's greatest enemies, as well as her arch nemesis and has shown that women can be just as bad as men.
In the Justice League, she is one of the recurring enemies in both the original series and its sequel series. Press materials names her "A feline femme fatale who is scratching for a fight."
A native to Argentina, corrupt businessman Sebastian Ballesteros was briefly the fourth Cheetah after stealing Minerva's powers, but was killed by her out of revenge.
- Wonder Woman
- The Flash (Barry Allen)
In other media
Justice League Unlimited
In this version, Barbara Ann Minerva was once a genetic scientist who turned into a cheetah woman because she no longer has enough funding and therefore had to test her research on herself.
She is recruited by a Lex Luthor dying of Kryptonite cancer to become a member of the Injustice Gang with other criminals in exchange for a lot of money.
In the final season, she joined Gorilla Grodd's Legion of Doom until he was overthrown by Luthor. At the end of the series, Cheetah is one of the villain survivors after half of the Legion was wiped out by Darkseid.
Justice League Doom
DC Extended Universe
- Main article: Cheetah (DC Extended Universe)
The Barbara Ann Minerva version of Cheetah will appear as the main antagonist of the 2019 DC Extended Universe film, Wonder Woman 1984. She will be played by Kristen Wiig.
Cheetah is mentioned in the third season of The Flash, being imprisoned at an A.R.G.U.S. facility.
Lego Batman 3
Cheetah is a antagonist/anti-hero and a playable character. She teams up with the other villains to capture the Watchtower of the Justice League until she and Firefly are defeated by Flash and Wonder Woman. When Brainiac attacks the earth, heroes and villains are forced to join forces.
Barbara Ann Minerva is one of the many major antagonist. She is first seen at Gorilla CIty as a member of the organization named The Society led by Gorilla Grodd for the sole purpose of dominating the world after the defeat of Superman and his regime. Grodd later sends her to Atlantis where she confronts Green Lantern, a former member of the regime to whom she asks where Wonder Woman is hiding, to which the hero replies that he does not know but she does not believe him and the two are only beat for Cheetah to be beaten. Later in Metropolis, Cheetah confronts Supergirl and beats her with her magic claws that can hurt the Kryptonians. As she tortures the young woman, Wonder Woman attacks her from behind, dislocating her shoulder as he passes. After putting his shoulder back in place, Cheetah admits to joining the Society only to kill the Amazon but defeated by his rival. Wonder Woman catches her by the blow and gets ready to finish until Harley Quinn stops her, Cheetah is not reviewed after that.
Lego DC Super Villains
Cheetah is a support character with other super villains.
Prisicilla Rich wore a cheetah like costume that fits her tightly, she also wears a mask as well. Deborah Domaine also wears a similar costume with minor differences.
Barbara Minerva is really the most recognizable and different than the two,rather than be in a cheetah like costume her appearance is that of a Cheetah. Her fur is almost none making her mostly nude but her body is somewhat covered with dark spots and her hair is long and red. She also has more muscles and actual claws.
Powers and Abilities
The first two Cheetahs had no superpowers, but were very agile; the third Cheetah had superhuman strength and speed, durability, retractable claws, and heightened senses.