Suicide Squad Was Right Not to Use Waller’s Hated Comic Redesign

The Suicide Squad movies have wisely chosen to ignore the New 52’s redesign of Amanda Waller and stick to something closer to her classic look.

James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad featured the return of Viola Davis as Amanda Waller in a performance has been widely lauded. The casting of Davis in the previous installment, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, was seen as a brilliant choice. However, beyond her intense performance, one admirable creative decision by the filmmakers was to choose a look for Amanda Waller evocative of her classic character design.

Amanda Blake Waller was introduced in Legends #1 (1986), written by John Ostrander and Len Wein and penciled by John Byrne. She is the ruthless and cunning director of the Task Force X, the famous Suicide Squad of supervillains she uses as cannon fodder for dangerous missions. She is often associated with the fictional government agencies Checkmate and A.R.G.U.S. and is both a valued ally and feared antagonist to the DC universe’s superheroes.

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