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When DC drops Suicide Squad into theaters next year, it’s going to be a movie full to bursting with nefarious characters and super villains. This is a story jam packed with bad people doing bad things (and some trying to atone for the things they’ve done, or at least get a reduced prison sentence), but according to the director, there’s one who is worse than all the rest, and no, it isn’t Jared Leto’s Joker.
Talking to Empire Magazine (via Comic Book Movie), director David Ayer talked about the upcoming comic book adaptation. As Suicide Squad is still many months away, he didn’t give away too much, but he did reveal that the team’s greatest enemy may turn out to be internal. He said:
Fuck good versus bad…Bad versus evil is a lot more interesting. And Amanda Waller is the worst there is.
That may be frank talk, but Ayer is also the director who told Jai Courtney, who plays Captain Boomerang in Suicide Squad, to find his "inner shitbag" for the role, so that man is not one to shy away from telling it like it is.
It’s not too terribly surprising to hear that Amanda Waller (played on screen by Emmy-winner Viola Davis) is going to be a total badass, and maybe not have the well being of a bunch of incarcerated criminals at heart. Like we said earlier, these aren’t nice folks, they’ve done terrible things, and there are likely a lot of people who won’t shed a tear should they perish in one way or another.
With a name like the Suicide Squad, whether that’s an official designation or just a cute nickname, it’s obvious that whatever missions these criminal embark on in hopes of receiving a reduced sentence are going to be of the hazardous variety. If everyone makes it through this movie in one piece, we’re going to be more than a little bit surprised.
Though Amanda Waller herself may not possess any super powers, she is certainly a formidable foe and is a threat to her charges. You may wonder how she controls the villains she enlists to perform black ops for the government, and one way is particularly nefarious — she injects them with what Empire calls "nanobombs," which explosive are devices implanted into the neck of each character. While we don’t know the specifics, this sounds like a measure Waller takes so that if they get any ideas of escaping or not doing what they’re told, she can push a button and boom, no more villain. Makes you think of the collars in Running Man.
Talking about her character, Viola Davis said:
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.
That certainly paints Amanda Waller as the big bad of the movie, or at least as a looming threat. Perhaps we’ll wind up rooting for a bunch of nasty, twisted super villains as opposed to the forces that are supposed to be the "good" guys. We’ll find out for sure when Suicide Squad opens everywhere on August 5, 2016.