Actress Viola Davis has been confirmed for Amanda Waller, finally rounding out the cast for DC’s upcoming Suicide Squad film.
According to an exclusive in Latino Review, Davis will portray Amanda Waller, a key figure in the DC Comics mythos. Per LR:
“In the comics, Amanda Waller is a former congressional aide and government agent often placed in charge of the Suicide Squad, a semi-secret government-run group of former supervillains working in return for amnesty.”
We reported earlier that Davis was on the shortlist for the Waller role, along with Octavia Spencer and even Oprah Winfrey rumored to be in the running. The Waller character has been a source of controversy in recent comics news. During the New 52 reboot of the comics continuity, Waller’s character received a significant makeover — where she was once depicted as middle-aged, short, and overweight, she was made younger, thinner, and, well … sexier.
It looks like the film is attempting to hit the middle ground. While Davis, 49, is undoubtedly beautiful, she exudes competence and strength in a majority of her roles that seems a natural fit for the old Waller, known for her shrewdness and cunning, while the New 52 Waller is a bit more of a sex symbol.
The character was previously portrayed in film by Angela Bassett (Green Lantern) and in the Justice League animated series where she was voiced by C.C.H. Pounder.
Pending schedule concerns that still need to be worked out, Davis will join Jared Leto (Joker), Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Tom Hardy (Rick Flag), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang) and Cara Delevingne (Enchantress).
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