ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

Among all the roles filled by Warner Brothers (hereafter referred to as DC/WB) in their big "Suicide Squad" announcements, there is still one gaping hole.

Namely, Amanda Waller, the character who oversees the team - similar to Nick Fury in the Marvel Universe), has yet to be cast.

The studio’s shortlist of actresses being eyed for the role includes Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Oprah Winfrey, whom sources say would be DC/WB’s first choice for the part.

While all three have the gravitas needs for the role - and all three are definitely preferable to the Kerry Washington rumors - Oprah would make the most sense.

She is one of the most recognizable people on the planet. She has die-hard fans that have never seen her in a role like this.

Oprah pushing the film would definitely help make the film feel like an event.

While I feel a slightly larger actress should be used, I feel landing Oprah would be one of the real smart things DC/WB could do.

Whoever they cast, I hope DC/WB does eschew casting the traditional, skinny, Kerry Washington-type for the role. Amanda Waller in a character that takes pride in being Big, Black and Bad.

She is a unique, important character. My personal choice would be S. Epatha Merkerson, from "Law and Order" fame.

Hopefully DC/WB gets this right. It would be a true blow for diversity that is true to the source material if they cast the right person.

What do the rest of you think?


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