Wonder Woman 1984 is now in theaters where available and streaming on HBO Max, bringing the latest DC Comics-inspired film to fans after multiple release delays including those prompted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Wonder Woman 1984 being available for fans to view also means that people are starting to talk about different aspects of the Patty Jenkins directed film including one of the most anticipated characters, Cheetah. Played by Kristen Wiig, Cheetah is a well-known adversary to Wonder Woman in comics which meant that fans had some high expectations for the live-action version. Unfortunately, fans and critics alike aren't thrilled with how the CGI of the character turned out.
On social media, many DC fans have taken to posting their thoughts about Wiig's transformation from Barbara Minerva to Cheetah. Many compared the character's final form to something out of 2019's Cats, a film whose CGI was widely criticized and panned (as was the entire film, but that's another matter entirely). Others were simply disappointed because it seemed to follow a pattern established in other DC films, that of a mostly CGI villain appearing at the end of the film looking perhaps less well-done than fans would have liked. Others still felt like the poor CGI did Wiig's performance a disservice, though as some pointed out there wasn't nearly enough of Wiig as Cheetah in the film.
The criticism of the Cheetah CGI is particularly noteworthy given that Jenkins previously told ComicBook.com that the execution of Cheetah's look was "harrowing".
"Executing Cheetah was harrowing," Jenkins said earlier this month. "I got to tell you, I knew that I wanted Cheetah to be in it, but form day one I was like, 'Whew, this is ... Got to be right!' You know? I was so scared about not getting it to look right, and it took every second from the moment we started prep to the moment we watched picture to get it there. Like, every single second was so hard to do."
You can read on to see what fans are saying about the Cheetah CGI below and be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Wonder Woman 1984 is now streaming on HBO Max and playing in theaters.
Must have been fans of CATS
The Wonder Woman Cheetah CGI people must have really liked the 2019 hit musical songsation CATS— 👾 Dave Slenderman (@daveslenderman) December 26, 2020
Or did they hire the crew?
They use the crew from Cats to do the CGI for Cheetah?— Tyler Young (@tylery918) December 26, 2020
WW84 CGI for the cheetah lady.. was whack af. #endstory— Jenners (@Divatry) December 26, 2020
Green Lantern bad.prevnext
And this is why they filmed that scene at night.
the cgi on cheetah was so bad they had to film the scene at night hfbfbffbbf— going ✈️🌲10 (@starrybutch) December 25, 2020
Did we mention CATS?
Holy crap, Cheetah's CGI in WW84 looks baaaaaad
Like Cats 2019 bad— Happy Life Day! (@Crimson__Edge) December 24, 2020
I like it but I don't like it.
I’m not sure how I feel about the cgi on cheetah, I like it but then I don’t.— Azealia Banks Stan Account (@Captain_Obvio) December 26, 2020
DC's bad track record with CGI villains
You’d think DC would learn to avoid CGI villains. Cheetah is worse then Cats— Kyle Dallman (@Krdallman) December 26, 2020
Why can't Cheetah have a real suit?
Also Cheetah looked bloody terrible. if we can make a whole ass suit for gadot aint no damn reason why cgi cat lady was the go to— DƐZ™ (@DEZk20_) December 25, 2020
Felt like an afterthought
It felt like an afterthought. The CGI on Cheetah was uninspired. 1 full year for post-production (the movie was picture locked by Dec 2019) & yet the greenscreen effects weren't polished.— Shubhajit (@beingshubho) December 26, 2020