Amanda Waller Creator John Ostrander On Character’s Growth

by Joey Garces
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Since the creation of Amanda Waller, we’ve seen her in a myriad of streams of media. From tv shows to animated films to video games, “The Wall” has undergone a lot of changes. Changes that creator John Ostrander finds interesting to say the least.

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The creator recently posted an article on regarding his character, how his perception of her when he created her has been altered in recent forms of media. He said the following about some of the newer iterations of Waller:

“Both Amanda’s appearance on Arrow and in the New 52 DC Universe is changed; rather than older, stouter, and shorter, she’s now model thin and young and, well, sexy. I’ve always thought of Amanda as many things but “sexy” was not one of them.”



“I don’t control what happens with Waller or where she goes or how she looks; she is owned by DC Entertainment and Warners. I knew that going in. She is their property. That said, I think the changes made in her appearance are misguided. There were and are reasons why she looked the way she did. I wanted her to seem formidable and visually unlike anyone else out there. Making her young and svelte and sexy loses that. She becomes more like everyone else. She lost part of what made her unique.”

It’s interesting to say the least, how the creator of a fictional character cannot have a say in how that character is altered. Even though Amanda Waller is a character owned by DC Entertainment, it’s still Ostrander’s baby. I guess this is just another example of how crazy the comic book industry can become sometimes. Check out the full article here.

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