Of course, there are obviously going to be some fans out there who have never heard of Cheetah or don't know enough about her. To remedy that issue, we have put together a handy guide to help you get up-to-speed on everything that you need to know about Diana's arch nemesis. To kick things off, let's start with the fact that "Cheetah" doesn't necessarily mean one specific person from the DC lore.
There Are Multiple Cheetahs
True to any persona from the world of comic books and comic book characters, there have been several individuals to go by the moniker of Cheetah over the years. The character's tenure in the pages of DC Comics dates all the way back to some of the earliest Wonder Woman adventures in 1943 with the introduction of Priscilla Rich as the Golden Age Cheetah.
Following Rich's debut, there were two other female Cheetahs to face off against Diana Prince: Deborah Domaine, and Barbara Minerva. There has also been one male Cheetah named Sebastian Ballesteros, but his time as the character was relatively short-lived and was never viewed quite as fondly as the other three. Each Cheetah has brought something new to the table, and while Kristen Wiig's take on the character doesn't have a confirmed secret identity yet, she could be portraying Rich, Domaine, Minerva, or some amalgamation of the three.
Sometimes She Wears A Costume, And Sometimes She's An Actual Cheetah
In keeping with the theme of multiple Cheetahs running around the DC universe, it's also worth mentioning that not all Cheetahs are the same. In the earlier incarnations of the character, the character was merely a woman in a Cheetah costume intent on making Diana Prince's life a living hell. Specifically, the Priscilla Rich version of Cheetah was simply a woman who had a mental breakdown -- not dissimilar to Catwoman in Batman Returns.
With that said, the later incarnations of Cheetah (specifically Barbara Minerva) have taken the nature of the character to a far more magical and outlandish place. Instead of taking the form of a woman in a catsuit, Cheetah lives up to her namesake by taking the form of a full-blown human-cheetah hybrid. This take on the character has become the modern standard, with animalistic power, speed, and ferocity above that of any human.