Viola Davis on Amanda Waller in ‘Suicide Squad:’ “I’m Fascinated By Her”

By January 8, 2015
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With David Ayer’s film Suicide Squad on the verge of being the third film based in the new DC Comics cinematic universe — after Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — we know a few vital elements. Characters like Harley Quinn, Rick Flag, Deadshot, and the Joker will all be appearing, and we know who they’ll be played by. We also know that actress Viola Davis was recently cast as the traditional handler of the Squad in Dr. Amanda Waller, a tough-as-nails government agent whose idea of protecting people often conflicts with the existence of heroes like Superman and Batman.

Waller is a pretty major DC Universe character, and this will likely be her first major appearance outside of the comics and on television (while she appeared in 2011’s Green Lantern played by Angela Bassett, her role here will likely be much more substantial). We now know that Davis is busy preparing for her upcoming turn as Waller, getting into the character’s mindset, and finding things out about her that are very intriguing for the actress.

In a new interview conducted by Nerd Report, Davis was asked during the press junket for the upcoming film Blackhat about her upcoming role as Waller in writer-director David Ayer’s film. In the interview, she stated that she has yet to read some of the actual source material related to her character since she’s just now working out her schedule to do the film, but she also relayed that she already finds the character intriguing as a performer preparing to embody her. She said,

I’m fascinated by her. I’m fascinated by her in this world of superhero-ness because she is not a woman that you would expect. I think that she is a massive contradiction. She’s this big powerful black woman, hard, ready to pick up a gun and shoot anyone at will. I’m fascinated in exploring her psychology, just to put it that way. And I’m excited to pick up a gun.

If her words are any indication as to what we can expect from Waller in the actual film, then we’re likely to see a character that, at least in demeanor, is well represented by the film. Waller is certainly a character of contradiction, and its wonderful to see that Ms. Davis understands that even without having read the comics.

Suicide Squad will be released in theaters on August 5th, 2016, and will take place in the same world as that year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. For more on this as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.