It took a while to negotiate, but ultimately “How to Get Away With Murder” star Viola Davis got onboard David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” film in the key role of DC Comics character Amanda Waller.
Appearing at the annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles this week, Davis was asked what was the main draw of the role for her, to which she excitedly responded: “That she’s Amanda Waller!. That she’s badass.” Elaborating further with CBR, she says it’s Waller’s ruthlessness that offers so much appeal:
“She’s unapologetic. Everything that I’m reading and studying about her: unapologetic, no humor, just brutal. That’s me!… Listen, she gets to use a gun, it’s my fantasy. Now, I would never do that in life, but when I get a gun on a set, it does something to me.”
In the comics, Waller heads up the government program that employs incarcerated super-villains on secret and potentially deadly missions.
Davis will shortly join fellow cast members Will Smith (Deadshot), Jared Leto (Joker), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag) and Jai Courtney (Boomerang) on-set when shooting begins in Canada next month.