'Having two villains in Wonder Woman 1984 was an organic thought'
...says director Patty Jenkins who reasons out the need for both Cheetah and Max Lord in the sequel to the 2017 film, Wonder Woman
In Wonder Woman 1984, Gal Gadot's titular superhero is set to face-off against Barbara Ann Minervsa aka Chhetah (Kristen Wiig) and businessman Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal). Director Patty Jenkins clarifies that the idea to have the DC superhero fight two supervillains wasn't forced but happened organically.
"It turned out that the story was the thing that gave birth to the need for both (villains)," Jenkins told Total Film in an interview.
"It wasn't that I thought I needed both. Cheetah was the villain that we were focused on having in this movie, but then Max Lord, throughout the history of Wonder Woman comics serves a very mechanical purpose, often," she added.
Jenkins also expressed the rationale behind casting Wiig as the villain in the sequel to the 2017 blockbuster.
"It doesn't have to be against expectations, I think it has to be fresh, you know? If it was just a vixen... like, Gal's a model, a full-blown model. If we cast another full-blown model and it's a cat fight?
"That felt a little dull, versus a beautiful woman who's totally different - Kristen - who's really funny but a total juxtaposition to Gal. So they have such a different space. I thought that was an interesting way to tell the story," Jenkins said.
As for Pascal, the director said the Narcos star has done a "fantastic" job with his character.
"Max Lord is a great Wonder Woman character. I love him serving the role he is right now. Pedro Pascal is fantastic at this role. It's like you've never seen him before too," Jenkins added.