Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince battled Ares (David Thewlis), the god of war, in Wonder Woman. The movie’s box office success guarantees a sequel which, according to director Patty Jenkins, will bring the heroine to America. However, who will be the next villain to face the Amazon warrior?
After a 70-year career in comic books, the superhero has faced dozens of bad guys. Here are five of her most popular villains that could make a transition from pages to the big screen:
Cheetah is the most iconic villain in the comic books. In fact, many hardcore fans were surprised that in her first live-action movie, the superheroine battled Ares.
There have been many incarnations of Cheetah since she was introduced in 1943. Most notable is Barbara Ann Minerva, an archaeologist who became friends with Diana only to betray her and steal her golden lasso. Like her name suggests, she has cheetah-like abilities and, at one point, was even faster than the animal. She is one of the villains who can truly challenge Diana in the battlefield and, considering how Cheetah is one of the Amazon warrior’s biggest adversaries in the comic book universe, it would be a shame not to see her in action on the big screen.
If Ares was Diana’s equal, Circe will become a challenge because, in the comic books, she was more powerful than the Wonder Woman. She has the capacity to transform reality using magic and spells, control minds, fire magical energy blasts, teleport and even revive the dead. Like her Greek Mythology namesake, she is known for transforming men into various animals and luring men towards her.
Another opponent who could challenge Diana’s newfound god powers is First Born, son of Zeus and Hera. An immortal Olympian, he is one of the most powerful villains in the DC universe. In fact, his powers exceed that of Ares.
Jenkins’ Wonder Woman already hinted the death of gods saved for Ares who eventually succumbed at the hands of Diana. First Born, however, can still appear in the DC Extended Universe. As soon as he learned about his ancestry, he tried to oust his father from his throne and take over Olympia. However, the gods were able to overpower him and Zeus buried him underneath the Earth. In the comics, he was able to eventually broke free from the planet’s crust and, once again, try to take over Olympus.
Aside from immortality, First Born has the capacity to control hyenas (even sired a human-hyena hybrid army), accelerated healing, energy absorption, linguistic assimilation (by eating someone’s brain) and superhuman strength.
Maxwell Lord is not exactly a Wonder Woman villain, but he was killed by the Amazon princess in the comics. After posing as a hero who organized and financed the new Justice League, he was discovered to be a criminal mastermind who wanted to sabotage the superhero team.
He has telepathic abilities that enable him to control everyone, including superheroes. If Wonder Woman 2 gets the greenlight, it will be released after the Justice League and the involvement of Maxwell Lord could open the possibility of seeing Diana battle with her fellow superheroes.
Grail is the daughter of Darkseid, lord of the Apokolips, and was created to be Wonder Woman’s arch-enemy. A demigodess herself, she possesses superhuman strength, speed and invulnerability. She also has a version of Darkseid’s Omega Effect, an ability that allows him to fire Omega Beams from his eyes. Moreover, she wields a scythe that was forged by Hades. During the Darkseid War, Grail was able to defeat the Justice League including Wonder Woman.
Darkseid is already the big villain of the Justice League. It would be exciting for the upcoming movie to give birth to Grail and continue the battle in Wonder Woman 2.
Photo Source: Facebook/Wonder Woman