Just a few weeks ago, alongside the bombshell news of the original, very well received Suicide Squad casting, it was reported Warner Bros had three names contending for the role of Amanda "The Wall" Waller: Oprah Winfrey, Viola Davis, and Octavia Spencer.
Now, several sites - apparently originating from a report on Latino Review - have revealed that Viola Davis, a fan favorite pick, has been selected for the role. You'll best know Viola from The Help, or, most recently, How to Get Away with Murder.
For those who aren't familiar with the character, her Wikipedia page describes Amanda Waller as:
Amanda Waller, a former congressional aide and government agent often placed in charge of the Suicide Squad, a semi-secret government-run group of former supervillains working in return for amnesty.
Her role in the movie will likely be very similar. She is cold and calculating. She is ruthless. She seems to work for the good guys, but more often than not she's got the attributes of a villain, and, above all, she takes no nonsense from anyone.
Recent iterations of Amanda Waller include her recurring appearances in Arrow, also featuring the Suicide Squad, where she is played by Cynthia Addai Robinson.
While she isn't the heavyset Waller most fans are used to, this Waller is based off of the New 52 version (which was well received by fans), and is indeed in personality just as Amanda Waller should be. There are hints that there's room for her growth (outwards, that is... literally) in the future should this incarnation grow to be more like the original comic counterpart.
Arkham Origins also featured the character in a post credit scene recruiting Slade Wilson, and in animation most recently she appeared in Assault on Arkham, which Suicide Squad is rumored to be drawing a lot from - on top of the original comics.
Whatever the case, Warner Bros. seems to be leaning towards Amanda Waller in her original comic days. It's unlikely that she'll be as big as in the photo above, but the three actresses they were after all fit the profile of being slightly larger and of the same ethnicity. So far, this decision has been met with overwhelmingly positive reception from fans.
In other news, with The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies releasing in the US yesterday, our hopes and dreams of a Batman vs. Superman teaser trailer attached to it died. But, some rumors abound Warner Bros. might be giving us a little Christmas present, so don't despair just yet! Even if not, this is a pretty good present, I think we can agree. But still, no trailer...
While the casting isn't 100% confirmed, and negotiations around her already existing schedule must be made, she is reportedly in final talks.
Suicide Squad is set to be released in 2016, starring Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as (Captain) Boomerang, Cara Delevinge as Enchantress, Tom Hardy as Rick Flag, Jared Leto as the Joker (likely the film's antagonist), a rumored Jesse Eisenberg resuming his role as Lex Luthor and now Viola Davis as Amanda Waller.