Viola Davis May Have Landed a Role as a Villain in Suicide Squad

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Comic fans are freaking out because Viola Davis may have been cast as villain Amanda "The Wall" Waller in the DC Comics-based movie, Suicide Squad.


Davis' sadistic role as Annalise Keating on How to Get Away with Murder must've given her a leg up on the competition, which apparently included Oprah Winfrey and Octavia Spencer. IGN describes Waller as "a hard-ass government agent who offers supervillains a chance to earn their freedom by going on secret missions that have a good chance of getting them killed."


Latino Review reports, via sources:

...the key here is that the role is hers provided that the filmmakers can work out her TV schedule, which will be no small feat considering how big of a hit How To Get Away With Murder is. If it works out she will be joining Jared Leto as the Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Tom Hardy as Rick Flag, Jai Courtney as Boomerang (or Captain Boomerang), and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress.


Well, shit, this has to be good.

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The great thing about Amanda Waller? She's not especially evil. She sees herself as the first line of defense for her country and her planet in case things go wrong, the chips are down and humans have to stand for themselves. Especially if the Justice League is what goes wrong, she's the one in charge of making sure humanity has a chance against an Amazon, various aliens, a human with an all-powerful ring and possibly the smartest man on the planet. Really, really interestingly complicated character that a lot of the League actually respects.

(And for the record, S. Epatha Merkerson voiced The Wall for a long time and she was ridiculously good.)