Two-time Academy Award nominee Viola Davis is all set to play Amanda Waller in “Suicide Squad.” The actress recently spoke about her role during an appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," as Comic Book Movie reported, and revealed that her character is one of the main characters. She added that her thunder would make “Superman quake in his tights.”
Davis’ Waller will be seen running a secret government agency called A.R.G.U.S. She creates a task force of supervillians who are asked to take on a dangerous “black ops” mission in exchange for shorter prison terms.
In the comics, the character has been portrayed as a powerful antagonist. She does not posses superpowers but is highly trained in logistics, strategic management, military tactics and game theory. She is also a trained martial artist. Her nickname is "the Wall," and she is a former congressional aide. She first appeared in the comic book “Legends” No. 1, where she was described as a widow.
Davis also revealed in her interview that director David Ayer made the actors do their own stunts. “I have my battle wounds. If you get a closeup of it (her pinky finger), there was a big flap of skin that came off. I can't tell you what I was doing to get this wound, or else I would have to kill you -- and I don't know how to get away with murder, and I don't want to be featured on Snapped.” [The remark was also a clever plug for Davis' ABC television series, "How to Get Away with Murder."]
She added that the characters in "Suicide Squad" are “sociopaths.”
“Suicide Squad” is being shot in Toronto. Ayer is directing the film based on the comic book “Suicide Squad” by John Ostrander. The looks of the major characters -- including Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), the Joker (Jared Leto) and Deadshot (Will Smith) -- have already been revealed. Other cast members include Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne. Richard Suckle, Charles Roven and Colin Wilson are the producers and Roman Vasyanov has done the cinematography. The film opens Aug. 5, 2016.