During a press conference for Blackhat, a new thriller by Michael Mann, actress Viola Davis was approached about her role as Amanda Waller in Suicide Squad. Thanks to reporter Fred Topel, we have the details.
As stated by Topel, he approached the actress, which was glad to talk about the upcoming film, centered on a rag-tag band of villains that go on forced suicide missions for the government – either under the command of A.R.G.U.S. or Cadmus, depending on your favorite comic continuity.
According to Mr. Topel, when asked if she had started researching the role in comics, Davis stated:
“Not yet, I have not started reading them yet. I’ve read up about her but I’m working out my schedule for Suicide Squad.”
She also added:
“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.”
Her role in Blackhat will certainly prepare her for the Suicide Squad film,
“You know, I’ve done action before but I guess a lot of those scenes were cut in movies. Yeah, this was good research because I certainly had to do a lot of it.”
Suicide Squad will be released August 5, 2016 as part of the cinematic universe of DC Comics films that began with Man of Steel back in 2013.
What do you think of this casting choice? Should they have just use the actors that already portray these characters in television (Grant Gustin for Flash for example)?
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