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Viola Davis Describes Suicide Squad’s Amanda Waller, a “Big Powerful Black Woman”

ViolaDavisEndersGameWhile no official word has been made from Warner Bros. as to the casting of Viola Davis as Amanda Waller in the Suicide Squad movie, thanks to a new interview we know the details just need to be worked out. We also know Davis already has a handle on The Wall.

While doing a press junket for the upcoming hacker film Blackhat, Davis told NerdReport she hasn’t quite started her comic reading research yet, though she said, “I’ve read up about her but I’m working out my schedule for Suicide Squad.

Davis has a busy work schedule thanks to the new hit How To Get Away With Murder but seems keen for the role.

“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 told them. “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 put it that way. And I’m excited to pick up a gun.”

If the papers do get signed, are you excited to see Davis’ take on Waller? Previously we’ve had CCH Pounder do voice acting for the character (perfectly) in the DC animated universe, Pam Grier on Smallville, Angela Bassett in the Green Lantern film, and most recently Cynthia Addai-Robinson on Arrow.

(via Legion of Leia)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."