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Viola Davis says she's "fascinated" by Suicide Squad's Amanda Waller

01.08.2015
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Although last month it was reported that Viola Davis will play prison warden and Suicide Squad wrangler Amanda Waller in the upcoming David Ayer movie, Warner Bros. still hasn't made an official announcement about the actress joining the project. But while speaking with Nerd Report during a press junket for Michael Mann's BLACKHAT, Viola Davis confirmed she is involved with the film. Davis says although she hasn't read any of the comics yet and is still trying to figure out her schedule for SUICIDE SQUAD, she's fascinated by Amanda "The Wall" Waller.

I have not started reading them yet. I’ve read up about her but I’m working out my schedule for Suicide Squad...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 put it that way. And I’m excited to pick up a gun.

The only thing that could prevent Viola Davis from joining SUICIDE SQUAD is her How to Get Away with Murder schedule, but I have a feeling Warner Bros. and DC will be able to find a way to work around her television series. I have no doubt Davis is going to be absolutely fantastic as Amanda Waller, and overall I'm very impressed with the cast Warner Bros. has rounded up for SUICIDE SQUAD.

Viola Davis can be seen next in BLACKHAT on January 16, 2015, and David Ayer's SUICIDE SQUAD is set to open on August 5, 2016.

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11:39AM on 01/08/2015
Ms. Davis is a very talented actress. I'm sure she'll be great as Waller.
Ms. Davis is a very talented actress. I'm sure she'll be great as Waller.
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11:07AM on 01/08/2015
I would be extremely pleased if she were cast as Waller. Alongside Alfre Woodard and Waller's voice actress CCH Pounder, Viola Davis was always one of my top picks for the part.
I would be extremely pleased if she were cast as Waller. Alongside Alfre Woodard and Waller's voice actress CCH Pounder, Viola Davis was always one of my top picks for the part.
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10:43AM on 01/08/2015
Fantastic Four haters? Where are you? Hello?
This film really has a lot less pedigree than the new fantastic four on paper. The director has more films, but none are really that good. Tom Hardy is an absolute stud, and I can't believe he's in this. That's the biggest difference. I hope the best for Will Smith, I do want to see him in badass movies again being badass, but this movie smells of desperation for him. The rest of the cast is meh. Well, Jared Leto can act. He could be a
Fantastic Four haters? Where are you? Hello?
This film really has a lot less pedigree than the new fantastic four on paper. The director has more films, but none are really that good. Tom Hardy is an absolute stud, and I can't believe he's in this. That's the biggest difference. I hope the best for Will Smith, I do want to see him in badass movies again being badass, but this movie smells of desperation for him. The rest of the cast is meh. Well, Jared Leto can act. He could be a great Joker. But Joker has no biz IN the suicide squad. So hopefully the SS is trying to undo one of his schemes. And hopefully there's mention of Bats, if not an appearance. This is still a wacky film to be number 2 (or 3?) of DC's cinematic universe. All the characters are really unknown except for Joker (not sure how many mainstream know about Harley), and for hero/villains, I would think it would be absolutely best for everyone to have seen them get locked up. Buuut, like F4, I'm hoping for the best.
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5:33PM on 01/08/2015
Shut up Meg
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7:27PM on 01/08/2015
The Fantastic Four problem isn't its pedigree. In fact, I would argue its pedigree is its biggest strength since Trank did Chronicles and the cast already has good movies under their belt.

No, the problem is that no one in the cast look like its character nor has the right age, the director apparently tries the realistic route with the wrong franchise and the changes to Doctor Doom sounds ridiculous. Oh, and the fact the studio doesn't seem in a hurry to show any material for a film that is
The Fantastic Four problem isn't its pedigree. In fact, I would argue its pedigree is its biggest strength since Trank did Chronicles and the cast already has good movies under their belt.

No, the problem is that no one in the cast look like its character nor has the right age, the director apparently tries the realistic route with the wrong franchise and the changes to Doctor Doom sounds ridiculous. Oh, and the fact the studio doesn't seem in a hurry to show any material for a film that is supposed to open this year doesn't help the least bit.

In comparison, Davis, Hardy, Smith and Leto all look like they could do good things with their character. The other actors and the director feel more risky but no one yet has said something so bad that it made me think it was going the wrong path.

And personally, my expectations were always going to be bigger for a Fantastic Four movie than they would be for a Suicide Squad film. The fact they're screwing this up so bad hurts more.
10:30PM on 01/08/2015
The problem w FF is that no one gives a crap about FF. No one buys the comics, which is why the FF comics are no longer in print. No one went to see that last two FF movies and no wants to go see this new one. No wants a teenage Mr. Fantastic super smart scientist guy. No wants a Dr. Doom video gamer by day,,hacker by night. No one wants another cloud monster Galactus.
The problem w FF is that no one gives a crap about FF. No one buys the comics, which is why the FF comics are no longer in print. No one went to see that last two FF movies and no wants to go see this new one. No wants a teenage Mr. Fantastic super smart scientist guy. No wants a Dr. Doom video gamer by day,,hacker by night. No one wants another cloud monster Galactus.
10:34AM on 01/08/2015
It's great casting and she's going to do a terriric job as Waller. It's just unfortunate because I thought Angela Bassett had real potential as well with Green Lantern, but we all know how that turned out unfortunately.
It's great casting and she's going to do a terriric job as Waller. It's just unfortunate because I thought Angela Bassett had real potential as well with Green Lantern, but we all know how that turned out unfortunately.
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11:14PM on 01/08/2015
I forgot she was in GL, she would've done great with this role, still in great shape and just oozes strength and confidence. Viola Davis is one hell of an actress tho, she'll own this role.
I forgot she was in GL, she would've done great with this role, still in great shape and just oozes strength and confidence. Viola Davis is one hell of an actress tho, she'll own this role.
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