INT. SMITHSONIAN

A security guard watches a portable television set. He smiles at the sight of Wonder Woman saving people in China out of a burning building and then a double Decker bus about to fall out of London Bridge. The tagline reads: Amazing Amazon.

He looks over toward the security camera where twenty CIA agents guard a mysterious treasure.

SECURITY GUARD

This thing must be big if the CIA wants a crack at it.

He says as he watches the news.

REPORTER

We have word that gunrunner and smuggler Tamsyn McConnell was found murdered.

INT. BARBARA'S APARTMENT

The hunter is awake.

PURR - she seeks her prey.

She needs to quench an insatiable thirst.

EXT. CITY

Diana sits on the roof, patiently.

Diana's peace is disrupted by the sound of gunfire.

She runs to the edge of the rooftop, and then jumps off.

She lands safely on the ground.

WOOSH - She zooms to the museum.

INT. SMITHSONIAN

The guards lie on the floor-either unconscious or dead.

Static roars on the television screen, toppled on the floor.

Beside the television is a blood trail.

Diana moves effortlessly, passing different galleries.

Suddenly, her legs are kicked from under.

Diana recovers quickly.

She whips her hands around her assailant, and spins her into a wall.

Lying seemingly unconscious before the princess is a beautiful woman with the golden fur, the sharp claws, and the insatiable hunger of a cheetah.

WONDER WOMAN

You are not human.

The Cheetah wakes.

CHEETAH

Neither are you.

The Cheetah pounce on Wonder Woman, pinning her down. Her long, brown hair flows comfortably behind her.

CHEETAH

Finally, a challenge.

With her razor claws, the mighty creature pierces through skin.

Wonder Woman is set aback by her fresh scars, yet remains focused.

She kicks her feet upwards, removing the Cheetah's grasps.

She back flips, getting her footing.

The Cheetah lands on her feet as well, sliding backwards to gain balance.

The Cheetah jumps, and then spin kicks.

Wonder Woman grabs her foot, and flips her over. The Cheetah makes a heavy dent in the floor.

As Wonder Woman's back is turned, the Cheetah pounces.

BANG!

A bullet grazes the Cheetah's face.

She growls in pain.

Steve Trevor holds a smoking gun.

The Cheetah touches her cheek.

She smiles.

She licks her own blood.

Wonder Woman motions to Steve.

WONDER WOMAN

Run!

The Cheetah rushes to Steve.

Steve shoots until his magazine runs out, missing every time.

The Cheetah pounces.

Wonder Woman throws her tiara, acting like a metal boomerang, wounding the cat, and then returning back .

Steve runs to the heroine.

STEVE

Wonder Woman.

WONDER WOMAN

Steve Trevor, you must leave immediately!

CHEETAH

Steve? Now I know what to write on your gravestone. May I call you Stevie?

WONDER WOMAN

Her powers far exceed mortal man. She must not be underestimated.

STEVE

It's my job to protect something of high importance. I can handle her.

The Cheetah hurls a heavy object at Diana, crushing her against a wall.

STEVE

What are you?

CHEETAH

Hungry.

The Cheetah pins Steve in a corner.

CHEETAH

Now, can you guest what you are?

STEVE

Unbelievably handsome.

CHEETAH

A tasty snack.

Diana lifts the object and throws it back.

WONDER WOMAN

Taste that.

Steve is impressed.

STEVE

I'm not intimidated by a strong woman.

WONDER WOMAN

How did you intend to stop her, especially with that crude weapon?

STEVE

That's easy to say when you can deflect bullets and lift really, really heavy objects.

The Cheetah knocks Steve unconscious.

CHEETAH

They depend on that, you know. We use our bodies, our minds; a significant portion of humanity depends on automated weaponry. But we both know a good weapon cannot replace your body.

Hunched and breathing heavily, the Cheetah finds her footing.

She shows her claws.

CHEETAH

I will be leaving now. You will get out of my way.

WONDER WOMAN

I am not easily deterred.

Wonder Woman carries the Cheetah in flight.

The Cheetah uses her legs to kick Wonder Woman in her jaw.

The Cheetah falls, but manages to grab hold on a tall sculpture.

She uses her claws to slowly glide down.

The Cheetah finds the case that holds an ancient Greek pyxis.

Wonder Woman lands opposite to the Cheetah.

WONDER WOMAN

What do you want?

CHEETAH

Right now, your blood. But I'll settle for this.

The Cheetah steals a pyxis.

They wrestle.

The Cheetah knocks over a tall column which is about to fall on Steve.

Steve wakes to see the column about to fall.

Wonder Woman rushes to Steve, carrying him out of the way.

WONDER WOMAN

I have you.

The Cheetah is wounded, but manages to escape.

STEVE

Wonder Woman?

WONDER WOMAN

The Cheetah is gone.

Wonder Woman applies pressure to Steve's wounds.

WONDER WOMAN

We must call for…I believe you call them paramedics.

STEVE

You brought me back to DC.

WONDER WOMAN

Yes.

STEVE

And left without a word?

WONDER WOMAN

I brought you back unharmed. But have remained on this land to fight a foreseen threat to my home. I observed that my actions have garnered media attention, so I am resolved to stay at a distance. But there is a link with you to this danger, and I fear to the Cheetah as well.

STEVE

The room is spinning.

WONDER WOMAN

You were knocked pretty hard.

STEVE

It was like a dream—the island. Beautiful.

WONDER WOMAN

You remember?

Diana realizes that Steve recalls her words—the words she entrusted upon his sleeping soul.

STEVE

Everything.

Sirens echo in the background.

STEVE

Back-up's here.

WONDER WOMAN

I must go.

STEVE

You have the muscle. I have the resources. We should work together.

WONDER WOMAN

(confidently)

We will.

Steve turns to watch as back up enters.

He turns back to see that Wonder Woman has disappeared.

INT. BARBARA'S APARTMENT - MORNING

Barbara is sitting at her vanity mirror.

She puts on lotion.

She stares unsatisfied with her face.

She is comforted by Jacoby.

BARBARA

I got it.

JACOBY

No, you've only got half.

BARBARA

What do you mean?

JACOBY

The lid is missing. The object is useless without it.

BARBARA

It's a stupid lid. I must have left it behind. Trevor might have it.

JACOBY

Or Wonder Woman.

BARBARA

I'll find a way to get it back.

JACOBY

You'll get it back on your next hunt.

Jacoby steps out.

Barbara stares at the mirror, dissatisfied.

INT. AFRICAN MANSION BEDROOM

BARBARA (12) is a child once more.

LYDIA (10) is a small child with big eyes.

She is at a beautiful mansion in Africa—her parents vacation home.

PRISCILLA RICH-MINERVA (35) is a frantic woman. Her life didn't turn up the way she expected.

Caught up by nerves, she packs.

BARBARA

Mum, are we going on an expedition like you and papa?

Priscilla buttons little Barbara's coat.

PRISCILLA

Yes, Darling. Grab Lydia's hand. Hold on to her tight, and don't let her out of your sight. I need you to be silent. Can you do that for me?

Barbara nods, nervously.

RICHARD MINERVA (35), Barbara's father, is pompous.

RICHARD

Barbara, Lydia, go to your rooms.

Priscilla looks at her children apologetically.

Lydia proceeds, but Barbara waits by the door. She peeks through the cracks.

RICHARD

What do you think you're doing?

Priscilla is mute. She does not look at him.

Richard calms himself.

RICHARD

Priscilla, be reasonable.

PRISCILLA

Leave me alone. Don't you dare strike me again.

RICHARD

You are my wife.

PRISCILLA

You are a liar. When Carlo died, you left out a lot of facts. I am sick, Richard.

RICHARD

Look at yourself, you are disgusting. You can't take my children!

Priscilla runs.

PRISCILLA

Children, run to the car.

The women drive away.

Richard chases them on another car.

Priscilla drives into her husband.

The cars careen off a cliff, flipping over as it does so.

INT. HOSPITAL

Little Barbara lies in a cold hospital bed. Both of her parents had died during the crash.

Her sister's body was never recovered. Her maid tells her that the lost Urtzkartaga tribe had taken her—raising the child as their own.

The newspapers reported a different story, to save the family name.

She throws a tantrum, throwing a glass against a wall.

INT. BARBARA'S APARTMENT

A glass breaks, shattering in Barbara's hand. She breaks.

JACOBY

Darling, what happened to you?

Jacoby examines her hand.

JACOBY

It should heal again during your next transformation. You should not let defeats phase you.

The two get into a heated argument, but make up at the end.

The pair kiss.

BARBARA

Did you find her yet?

JACOBY

I'm close—I can feel it.

BARBARA

And how is our guest faring it out? See that she get's her journal back. I don't want to be rude.

INT. PENTAGON – DAY

The reflection of the computer screen tints the face of an exhausted Steve Trevor, reading the lastest newspaper clippings.

Etta Candy sits quietly beside Steve.

ETTA

Still got everything covered?

She slips Steve a cup of coffee.

STEVE

I can handle it.

ETTA

They say the first sign is denial.

Steve sips his coffee, silently.

ETTA

Look, I know you are never one to ask for help, but sometimes that's all you need to do. C'mon, I can help you. Let's say this together: Etta, I need your help.

STEVE

Etta.

ETTA

Yes?

STEVE

I need.

ETTA

Yes?

STEVE

To know where you got this coffee from. It's really good.

ETTA

You're a jerk.

STEVE

A lovable jerk.

ETTA

Who said I loved you?

GENERAL WALKER, head of Special Intelligence, commands the room.

GENERAL

If you two are done with your pillow talk, maybe we can discuss last night's stupidity.

STEVE

General. I take full responsibility.

Steve and Etta sit upright.

GENERAL

Those who survived described her as a cheetah with superhuman ability.

STEVE

Wonder Woman saved them, Sir; she saved me.

GENERAL

Yes, but who is she? Where does she come from? We haven't decided whether Wonder Woman is a hero or another vigilante.

VOICE

Maybe she's neither.

A tall, raven-haired woman wearing round-framed glasses and a dark suit places her briefcase on the table.

GENERAL (CONT'D)

Diana! Glad you're here. Captain Trevor, this is your new associate—CIA Agent Diana Prince. She's come back from a mission trip to help you catch the Cheetah.