Why Wonder Woman 1984 Has Two Villains Instead Of One

Wonder Woman 1984 has two villains. But why?

Two villains. It’s kind of a tried-and-true approach for a lot of superhero movies. There are plenty of single-villain films out there, but it’s not uncommon for there to be two. In fact, A lot of DC movies fall right in line with that storytelling approach. We’ve seen it in at least most of the Batman films, including the Nolan ones. However, Wonder Woman offered a fairly focused narrative that ultimately led to Ares. Sure, we had Doctor Poison, but she wasn’t a partner as much as she was a lackey. 

But Wonder Woman 1984 will feature two main villains. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that we’ve already seen them in the trailer. On one hand, you have Barbara Minerva (aka Cheetah) played by Kristen Wiig. On the other hand, you have Max Lord played by Pedro Pascal. So, why did director Patty Jenkins feels the need to bring on two villains for Wonder Woman’s second outing?

“It turned out that the story was the thing that gave birth to the need for both [villains],” Jenkins told Total Film. “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 – he serves a very mechanical purpose, often.”

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Okay, so it’s not quite clear based on her statement, but I think we can break it down a bit. What I think is comforting is the second part. She didn’t go into the story thinking she needed a second villain. Instead, she went into knowing she wanted Cheetah as the villain. However, along the way, she found a way to naturally incorporate Max Lord into the plot.

In essence, she noticed a vacuum in the writing process, and filled it based on Wonder Woman’s history. Personally,  I think this is a cool way to go about writing the tale. It wasn’t about going forward with a two-villain story in mind, but simply how things shook out. My hope is that results in a film that feels very natural and cohesive, without the need to shoehorn someone in for the sake of hitting a quota.

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SOURCE: Total Film

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