Amanda Waller is the head of government agency A.R.G.U.S. and the woman who comes up with the idea to assemble Task Force X. She’s frequently been portrayed as an antagonist over the years, with recent appearances showing her in an almost heroic light much to the disappointment of some fans. However, the Amanda Waller from Suicide Squad (played by Viola Davis) sounds like a full on bad guy who may just be worse than those on her team.
Asked by Empire about what the team’s mission is, Suicide Squad director David Ayer remained vague, but dropped a very interesting hint about Waller’s role in the film.
“They’re after a high value target that they have to go in and rescue. When they make the attempt, they realise that’s not the end. F**k good versus bad. Bad versus evil is a lot more interesting. And Amanda Waller is the worst there is.”
This was a point also emphasized by Davis, and it sounds like we might just end up rooting for the villains who make up Task Force X over Waller if these comments are any indication of what a terrible person she is. It makes a lot of sense that Suicide Squad is going in this direction though, especially as Waller recruits most of them forcibly and then implants explosives in their necks.
“She’s relentless in her villainy. When you look at her, there’s nothing that seems dangerous. Her only power is her intelligence and her complete lack of guilt. I read a great book called Confessions of a Sociopath, which was frightening but very helpful…”
It will be very interesting to see how Waller ends up being used elsewhere in the DC Extended Universe. After all, she’s clearly not a fan of meta-humans like Superman and the rest of the Justice League, so Suicide Squad might just be the beginning for her in this world. For now though, she’s obviously going to have her hands full with this ragtag team of villains.
Source: Empire Magazine (via CBM)