Amanda Waller

Amanda Blake Waller is a fictional main character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character first appeared in Legends #1 in 1986, and was created by John Ostrander, Len Wein, and John Byrne. Amanda Waller is an antagonist and occasional ally to the superheroes of the DC Universe.

Amanda Waller is an ambivalent character in the DC Universe. She is the director for the deadly missions of the Suicide Squad and a specialist who oversees research into people with powers. Although she lacks superpowers herself, the character is a ruthless, high-ranking government official who uses guile, political connections, and sheer intimidation to achieve her goals, often in the name of national security. Waller is commonly associated with the fictional government agencies Checkmate and A.R.G.U.S.

In recent years, the character has been substantially adapted into animated and live action media. Several actresses have voiced or portrayed the character: C. C. H. Pounder for various animated projects; Pam Grier on the live-action series Smallville; Angela Bassett in the live-action film Green Lantern; Sheryl Lee Ralph in the animated series Young Justice; Cynthia Addai-Robinson in the live-action series Arrow; Yvette Nicole Brown in the animated series DC Super Hero Girls; and Viola Davis in the live-action film Suicide Squad.

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Interior artwork from Suicide Squad #8
(February 2017). Art by Jim Lee.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceLegends #1 (November 1986)
Created byJohn Ostrander
Len Wein
John Byrne
In-story information
Full nameAmanda Blake Waller
Team affiliations
Notable aliasesWhite Queen, Black King, Mockingbird, The Wall
Abilities
  • Skilled strategist
  • Utilizes political influence
  • Skillful use of firearms
  • Expert markswoman

Publication history

The people most responsible for shaping the character in her earliest appearances were John Ostrander and Kim Yale, in the pages of the Suicide Squad series in the late 1980s.

Nicknamed "the Wall", she is 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. She later served as Secretary of Metahuman Affairs under President Lex Luthor, before being arrested in the wake of Luthor's public fall from grace. Waller was reassigned to the leadership of Checkmate as White Queen, but was forced to resign because of her involvement in Operation Salvation Run.

Fictional character biography

Early history

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Amanda Waller in Who's Who in the DC Universe #1 (August 1990). Art by Luke McDonnell and Geof Isherwood.

Amanda Waller has been established as a widow who escaped Chicago's Cabrini–Green housing projects with her surviving family after one of her sons, one of her daughters and her husband were murdered. Waller excelled in political science and became a congressional aide. During that time, she discovered the existence of the first two incarnations of the Squad. Taking elements from both of these, she proposed the development of its third incarnation to the White House and was placed in charge upon its approval.

Federal service years

The Agency was formed by Amanda Waller to serve as a small, quasi-independent branch of Task Force X. Valentina Vostok brought former NYPD Lieutenant Harry Stein into the Agency as an operative. Amanda Waller later promoted Stein to the command position and demoted Vostok. Harry Stein would later reorganize the Agency and name it Checkmate.

Waller's tenure as the official in charge of the third Suicide Squad was tumultuous and controversial. Despite many successes, she developed a habit of defying her superiors in Washington in order to achieve goals both legitimate and personal on more than one occasion. The earliest conflict between her and her superiors revolved around the leadership of the Suicide Squad. Although she proposed that the Bronze Tiger, the man she had helped out of his brainwashing, lead the team he was instead relegated to second-in-command, and Rick Flag Jr. was made the leader. Waller resentfully presumed the situation to be racially charged, related to not only her own status as a black woman, but also Bronze Tiger's own skin tone, although the Tiger himself did not believe this was a factor, instead believing this was a result of mistrust due to the brainwashing imposed upon him by the League of Assassins.

Her relationship with the Squad itself was one of mutual dislike. Most of the team's criminal members did not really take to Waller's methods (most notably Captain Boomerang), and even the team's heroes were often at odds with Waller. Waller's inability to deal and compromise with her troops led to Nemesis's departure from the team and the death of a US senator, which indirectly caused the death of Rick Flag Jr. Those type of conflicts, however, were not only limited to her superiors and her team, but also extended to Batman, who opposed the forming of the Suicide Squad (although he would later help to reform it). Nonetheless, the team remained loyal to her, often choosing to side with her instead of the government.

It was ultimately revealed that the reason that Amanda Waller even kept the heroes such as Nightshade around, was in order for them to act as her conscience. Over the course of her first run with the Suicide Squad, her actions became increasingly erratic as she fought to retain control of the Squad. This was heightened by the public revelation of the Suicide Squad, and her being officially replaced, although her 'replacement' was in fact an actor, and Waller remained the team's director.

Amanda Waller, Deadshot, Ravan, and Poison Ivy, having just committed mass murder
Amanda Waller and her henchmen after massacring the LOA. Art by Luke McDonnell and Geof Isherwood.

Even that secret would eventually be revealed and Amanda Waller would be put on trial. During this time, the Squad also became involved in an interagency conflict in a crossover between the Checkmate and Suicide Squad titles called the Janus Directive.

One of the field missions is against her will, as many members of the Squad, Waller included, are forcibly kidnapped and taken to Apokolips. This is because team member Duchess remembered her past as Lashina of the Female Furies, instead of being amnesiac as she pretended, and wished to return home with suitable sacrifices. The Squad suffers fatalities battling Apokolips' forces, with Waller personally confronting Granny Goodness. However, the confrontation ended with the deaths of Dr. Light and one of Waller's own nieces, and Count Vertigo near-fatally wounded.

She eventually found herself serving prison time for her pursuit of an organized crime cartel based in New Orleans called the LOA and killing its leadership, using Squad operatives Ravan, Poison Ivy and Deadshot in the process.

The Suicide Squad's rebirth

Waller is eventually pardoned and released a year later to reorganize the Suicide Squad as a freelance mercenary group at the behest of Sarge Steel to deal with a crisis in Vlatava, Count Vertigo's home country; Waller allowed herself to enter prison because she knew two things perfectly well: one, by confronting the LOA with Squad operatives, she had crossed the line, and two, she would return to her position quite easily if she was ever needed again. Afterwards, the Suicide Squad performs a variety of missions, often treading dangerous political terrain when dealing with Soviet and Israeli interests. Most notably, the Squad help destroy the plans of the Cabal to throw Qurac, Israel and the US into political disarray.

During the course of her renewed tenure with this team, Amanda became closer to her operatives, even accompanying them on their field missions. This allows for her and her team to bond more effectively, although she retains her dominant and threatening personality.

Waller quits after a later field mission, in which she personally takes down the seemingly immortal dictator of a small, South American island nation. As it turned out, he wasn't immortal, but had an immense amount of psychic power, and by tricking him, Waller merely provided a form of assisted suicide.

Soon after, Amanda Waller organizes the Shadow Fighters to confront the villain Eclipso. Again, she would confront Sarge Steel. Her first attempt at a team, formed with the assistance of Bruce Gordon and his wife Mona, did not go well. Most of the team are brutally murdered infiltrating Eclipso's stronghold. Her second attempt with a much larger team has much more success.

During the Bloodlines debacle, the President sends Guy Gardner to fetch Waller from her island 'retirement'. She leads a multi-hero affair that results in the destruction of the alien parasites.[1] She rejoins federal service, initially as Southeastern regional director for the Department of Extranormal Operations. She is promoted to Secretary of Metahuman Affairs as a member of the Lex Luthor Presidential Administration.

International service

Lex Luthor's brief tenure in office leads to Amanda Waller being jailed. This does not last long. She is released by Luthor's successor Jonathan Vincent Horne, who orders her to take command of the secret agent organization Checkmate. The organization had been shaken up due to the OMAC Project debacle and the related murderous leadership of Maxwell Lord whom Waller has had previous history with. Waller takes the rank of Black King until the United States and United Nations decide what to do with that organization. In the latter issues of 52, Waller is shown commissioning the imprisoned Atom Smasher to organize a new Suicide Squad to attack Black Adam and his allies. This ends with the death of Squad member Persuader and the expected public relations turn against the Black Marvel family.

In the revamped Checkmate series set in the One Year Later continuity, Waller is shown to have been assigned by the UN to serve as Checkmate's White Queen, a member of its senior policy-making executive. Due to her previous activities, her appointment is contingent on her having no direct control over operations.[2] Regardless, she continues to pursue her own agenda, secretly using the Suicide Squad to perform missions in favor of American interests[3] and blackmailing Fire.[4] It is also implied that she may have betrayed a mission team in an attempt to protect her secrets[5] and facilitated an attack on Checkmate headquarters for her own gain.[6]

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Amanda Waller as the White Queen in promotional art for Checkmate. Art by Jesus Saiz.

She then is in charge of Operation Salvation Run, an initiative involving the mass deportation of supervillains to an alien world. When this was discovered by the rest of Checkmate, she was forced into resigning as White Queen in exchange for their delay in revealing what the US government was doing.[6] She continues to run the Suicide Squad, and has been implanted with nanotechnology to allow her to directly control Chemo during missions.[6]

During the Superman/Batman storyline "K", it is revealed that Waller has hoarded Kryptonite and used it to power an anti-Superman group called the Last Line, and a Doomsday-like creature codenamed "All-American Boy", who has Kryptonite shards growing out of his body. All-American Boy, (real name: Josh Walker) was deceived into an experiment to use Kryptonite to bond cell scrapings taken from Doomsday to a human host, battles Superman, devastating Smallville in the process. Batman, with the help of Brannon, the Last Line's leader, locate Josh's parents who convince him to stop. Waller is forced to pay towards repairing Smallville in return for her dealings in the AAB project to remain secret. 'Last Line' itself rebels against Waller because of her deceptions.[7]

In the eight-issue series of Suicide Squad: Raise the Flag, she is again seen leading the Suicide Squad at some point when the General returned to Earth after his exile, and was promptly drafted into the Squad with special explosive implants grafted into his arm and brain to make him compliant with Waller's demands. Here, she personally uses technology devised by Cliff Carmichael to gain a measure of control over Chemo, allowing her to use the toxic behemoth for the Squad's benefit. Rick Flag is revealed to have survived the events at Jotunheim and was returned to Waller, who revealed to him Rick Flag Jr. was never anything but an alias, and that he was in reality a brainwashed soldier remade into Flag to serve Eiling's ends.

She leads, as Chemo, an attack on a Dubai supercorp intending to release a deadly virus. However, Carmichael, with Eiling and part of her team, betrays her as part of Eiling's plan to benefit from the release of the virus, and she is nearly killed when Eiling orders a compliant Flag to use her pen, actually a transmitter, to detonate her own explosive implant. Instead, Flag, tricking him, detonates Eiling's own, releasing her and ultimately rejoining the Squad, refusing the chance of a normal life.

She later attempted to forcibly return several members of the Secret Six (Bane and Deadshot) into the Suicide Squad, and when her plan backfired due to the events of Blackest Night and the defiance of the Six, she was shot by Deadshot and privately revealed to King Faraday to be their new secret leader, Mockingbird. When Faraday questioned the need to be informed of the situation, and even the need to bring the Six under the banner of the Squad when she already controlled them, Amanda merely shrugged it off, stating "her left and right hand only knew what the other was thinking" in a strict need-to-know basis, implying Faraday will one day need that knowledge.

The New 52

In The New 52 (a 2011 reboot of the DC Comics universe), Amanda Waller is shown to be in direct command of the Suicide Squad, choosing its members and having final say over when and if their implanted explosives are detonated. It is revealed that she requested a command of a unit she could send to their deaths without regret after an operation she was involved in resulted in the death of all other squad members, including several she had personally recruited. She was also involved with Team 7 in some capacity while serving in the United States Army as a Captain, which led to her temporarily leaving the spy business. Also, this version of Amanda Waller is re-imagined as a young, thin woman in contrast with her original design.

Amanda Waller later formed the Justice League of America that is separate from the main Justice League where she is shown as the Director of A.R.G.U.S.[8] Recently, she has recruited James Gordon Jr. who was revealed to be alive despite his apparent death at the hands of his sister Barbara while saving their mother. However, it is shown that James Jr. only agreed to join as he is in love with Waller.

During the "Forever Evil" storyline, Amanda Waller is shown at Belle Reve trying to get Black Manta to join the Suicide Squad at the time when Deathstorm and Power Ring infiltrate the prison.[9] Amanda Waller later contacts Deadshot in order to get the Suicide Squad back together.[10] Later clues point to an imposter Amanda Waller causing trouble behind the scenes.[11]

DC Rebirth

Amanda Waller returns to her original design with the DC Rebirth initiative. When confronted by Barack Obama about Task Force X, she convinces him that the Suicide Squad needs to exist to deal with threats neither the President or the Justice League can be aware of, while conceding to nominate a non-criminal field leader to carry out her directives during missions and keep the convicts in line. She visits Rick Flag in Guantanamo Bay, where he had been imprisoned for disobeying direct instructions in order to save his teammates, and tries to convince him to work alongside supervillains for a greater good; she succeeds, releases him and makes him the field leader of Task Force X.[12]

Faked death

In issue #11 of Suicide Squad (2016), as a part of DC Rebirth, Amanda Waller is shot and killed. Her death is confirmed in issue #12. However, it is revealed in issue #15 that she faked her death with the help of Deadshot, who fired a bullet at her heart, and Enchantress, who magically moved the bullet to the most reparable part of the human heart. Because of this, she is able to use Deadshot against the villain Rustam and the international cabal known only as the People.

Other versions

Flashpoint

In the alternate timeline of the "Flashpoint" event, Amanda Waller is an advisor to the President of the United States who tells him that Hal Jordan is insubordinate and irresponsible. However, the President tells her that the world needs Hal as a hero.[13]

Batman Beyond

Amanda Waller appears in the Batman Beyond comic series, set before the events of "Epilogue", where she was involved in the creation of Dick Grayson's clone to create a new Batman, reasoning that Grayson was more stable than his mentor, only for the clone to become the new Hush and start killing off Batman's old rogues' gallery, including retired villains such as Signalman and Calendar Man. Even after the clone's attempt to destroy Gotham is only narrowly averted by Terry McGinnis, the real Dick Grayson, and the new Catwoman, Waller is shown to still be working on further clones of the original Batman and his allies.[14]

Arrow

In Arrow tie-in comic, Arrow: Season 2.5, Waller sends Suicide Squad to deal with situation in Kahndaq where a terrorist members and it's leader Khem-Adam begin executing a lot of people due to Khem-Adam's desire to save a country from foreign influence. Her squad is successful in killing members of the group, except for Adam who is taken away by Nyssa al Ghul and Sara Lance in Nanda Parbat where he is executed by a member of the League of Assassins.

The Flash

In The Flash tie-in comic, Season Zero, Waller sends Suicide Squad (consisting of Cupid, Captain Boomerang and Floyd Lawton) to survey King Shark destroying an aquarium, then sends them to extract him. Waller takes Lamden to A.R.G.U.S. detention center to be chained up. She takes a woman to see him, before cutting him open to carefully dissect him. After dissection, Waller sends him across the other side of the country to begin as part of the Suicide Squad. Soon, Barry Allen comes to rescue him, but Waller sent some drones after him, created by General Wade Eiling. They eventually find where King Shark had been, but Barry is quickly captured and is told of what happened to Lamden.

DC Comics Bombshells

In DC Comics Bombshells, Commander Amanda Waller is the head of the "Bombshells" project during World War II.[15] In DC Comics Bombshells Annual 1, she is shown to also be Superintendent of the United States Military Academy.

Injustice 2

In the prequel to Injustice 2, Waller breaks into the Quiver (Green Arrow's hideout) to arrest Harley Quinn, believing Harley should still be punished for her crimes despite Harley's role in taking down Superman. After Deadshot aids her in capturing Harley, she forces Harley into the Suicide Squad.[16] However immediately afterwards, she is killed by Jason Todd, who was going around as an impostor Batman.[17][18]

DC Comics Secret Hero Society

Amanda Waller is the guidance counselor, truancy officer, and head of detention at Justice Prepatory Academy.

In other media

Television

Animation

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Amanda Waller in Justice League Unlimited
  • Amanda Waller makes her debut within animated form in Justice League Unlimited, voiced by C. C. H. Pounder. This version of the character leads the secret Project Cadmus at the United States government's behest to create a counterforce to the Justice League should they go rogue like their alternate reality counterparts. Under her watch, Cadmus created the Ultimen, Galatea, and Doomsday. Originally distrustful of the League, Waller frequently deals with Batman (which forms most of the interaction between Cadmus and the League). In "Ultimatum", she reveals that she knows that Bruce Wayne is Batman. In "The Doomsday Sanction", Batman discovers her identity to which Amanda presents the threat the League would pose if they went rogue. Waller is a central character during the Cadmus four-part finale arc, when the Question discovers Cadmus files and then is captured by Luthor, Waller orders Dr. Moon to interrogate. Shortly after Question is rescued by Superman and the Huntress, Luthor momentarily hijacked the Justice League's binary fusion cannon to obliterate Waller's Cadmus and implicate the League. In response, Waller sends an army of mass-produced Ultimen clones under Galatea's control against the expended Justice League and have Galatea overload their enemy's reactor with the team inside. While watching the satellite, Batman presents Waller evidence of Luthor's deception. Upon realizing that Luthor betrayed her, she the attempts to stop Luthor's plan. In the episode "Epilogue", Terry McGinnis seeks out an elderly version of her to find out about the true past. Waller reveals that she was responsible for the Batman Beyond Project in an effort to have Batman's future replacement as she had come to respect Batman. Although she gave up on her original plan, she encourages Terry to take care of his own loved ones.
  • Amanda Waller appears in Young Justice: Outsiders, voiced by Sheryl Lee Ralph. This version is the warden of Belle Reve. She threatens Aquaman that she will expose his "little play group" (referring to "Batman Incorporated") if he exposes hers.

Live action

  • Amanda Waller appears in the ninth season of Smallville, played by Pam Grier. Introduced in the two-hour episode "Absolute Justice", this version is a ranking agent of both Checkmate and the Suicide Squad. It's noted by several characters that Waller would end up causing conflict in her paranoia to be ready for a fight. In the episode "Checkmate", Waller captures Martian Manhunter in the agency's headquarters after failing to kidnap and recruit Green Arrow for the government. In the episode "Sacrifice", Waller is working with Stuart Campbell (aka the White Knight) to track down Tess Mercer to lead Checkmate to the Kandorians, leading to a confrontation with Major Zod. Waller is considered dead in Season 10, as Flag is seen acting on his own to "protest" the Vigilante Registration Act.
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Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Waller in the television series Arrow
  • Amanda Waller/Mockingbird appeared on the CW series Arrow, played by Cynthia Addai-Robinson. This version is the Director of A.R.G.U.S., making her first appearance in the season two episode "Keep Your Enemies Closer". She had John Diggle abducted as she needs him and the Arrow's help in retrieving Lyla Michaels from Russia (who was searching for Floyd Lawton to retrieve him as well), and is aware that Oliver Queen is Arrow. She later appears briefly in the season two episode "Tremors" talking to Bronze Tiger after the latter returns to prison. She offers him a position on her unit, heavily hinted to be the Suicide Squad, in order to reduce his sentence and because she needs someone of his talents for her squad. In the episode "Suicide Squad", Waller assemble the team (consisting of Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, Michaels, Shrapnel and Diggle) to destroy a biological weapon in Markovia. It is implied that Waller first met Oliver (as they're on a first name basis) during the latter's time as a castaway along with Slade Wilson.[19] She is seen again in the episode "City of Blood" where Diggle and Felicity ask for her to help them find Oliver having gone missing after his mother's death, and traces Oliver down for them. In the following episode "Streets of Fire", Waller is shown to be preparing to bomb Starling City to contain Slade's Mirukuru army. After Oliver reveals to her that he has the cure for the Mirukuru, she gives Oliver until dawn to stop Slade and his army. In the second-season finale "Unthinkable", Waller calls off the drone from bombing the city after Slade's defeat. In the finale scene in a flashback, she rescues and recruits Oliver in Hong Kong. Throughout the beginning of the third season, flashbacks explore how Waller attempts to get Oliver to cooperate and train to become a valuable asset of A.R.G.U.S., and has to use blackmail and other tactics to ensure his loyalty and commitment to training. She sends Oliver and Maseo Yamashiro to get Alpha-Omega virus from China White and her Triad to prevent bid for buyers. After they succeed, a military general Matthew Shrieve goes rogue and begins to kill anyone in Hong Kong with bio weapon, including to kill Amanda as well, but is saved from Oliver and Maseo. In present day episode, "Suicidal Tendencies", Waller sends Suicide Squad (including John and Lyla) in Kaznia to extract US senator Joseph Cray from terrorists who is held as a hostage, but this was revealed as a ruse by Cray. When Lyla persuaded Waller to admit the truth of this mission to the world, she refused it, which leaves Lyla and John bitter around her leadership and her mannerisms. She is shot in the head and killed in the season four episode "A.W.O.L." when A.R.G.U.S. is infiltrated by the criminal paramilitary organisation Shadowspire after Waller confirms that she cannot be forced to give Shadowspire access to any information from A.R.G.U.S. records, including it's Rubicon protocol. Waller also appears briefly in flashbacks of season four premiere and finale when she sends Oliver on Lian Yu to investigate drug harvesting operation by Shadowspire (under the leadership of Baron Reiter), but is revealed to be a finding an mystical object who would later appear in present day. Lyla Michaels later becomes Waller's successor, and works to reform A.R.G.U.S. through such acts as disbanding Task Force X, although she keeps criminals such as King Shark locked up for security purposes.

Film

Animation

  • Amanda Waller appears in Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, voiced again by C. C. H. Pounder. This version is depicted as more sympathetic, betraying President Lex Luthor's offer of a prominent position in the President's "new world order" to provide Superman and Batman with information that they can use to destroy a Kryptonite Asteroid that is heading for Earth.
  • Amanda Waller appears in Batman: Assault on Arkham, with C. C. H. Pounder reprising her role. Set in the universe of the Batman: Arkham video games, she is shown in a rather negative light, sending the Suicide Squad in a smoke screen mission whose only real purpose is killing Riddler, as the villain knows how to defuse the Suicide Squad's implanted bombs. At the end of the movie, she is warned by Batman to avoid activating the Suicide Squad in the future and dismisses his warning, challenging him to try and denounce her. She finds a laser dot from Deadshot's gun on her in the final scene, but, as revealed in Batman: Arkham Underworld, Batman prevented Deadshot from ultimately carrying out the assassination.
  • An alternate version of Amanda Waller appears in Justice League: Gods and Monsters, voiced by Penny Johnson Jerald. This version is the President of the United States in the alternate reality that this series takes place in. Unlike her many past incarnations, Waller is shown to be a more sympathetic person, not willing to take lives, even if necessary.
  • Amanda Waller appears in Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, voiced by Vanessa Williams. Again, she monitors the Task Force X Squad while threatening to kill them with the bombs implanted on their necks if they rebel. After discovering that she has a terminal disease, Waller sends her Squad to find Steel Maxum and acquire an mystical card he (formerly) possessed.
  • Vanessa Williams will again voice Waller for the upcoming Batman: Hush.

Live action

  • Amanda Waller was reportedly featured in David S. Goyer's script for the Green Arrow film project Escape from Super Max. In the script, Waller was the Warden of the Super Max Penitentiary for Metahumans and was to introduce Green Arrow to the prison and the Parallax Device after Green Arrow was found guilty for killing Colonel Taleb Beni Khalid, a friend of Waller.[20]
  • Amanda Waller appears in Green Lantern, portrayed by Angela Bassett.[21] This version is a scientist who works for the DEO under the command of Senator Robert Hammond. After the xenobiologist Hector Hammond acquires the power to read minds from exposure to Parallax's DNA (a fragment of which remained in Abin Sur's body until Hammond was called on to perform the autopsy), contact with Waller reveals that her family was killed by a gunman when she was younger. Hammond attempts to kill her using his telekinetic powers in a later confrontation, but Green Lantern caught her in a ring-formed 'pool' of water that subsequently carried her out of harm's way.
  • Amanda Waller appears in Suicide Squad, part of the DC Extended Universe series of films, portrayed by Viola Davis.[22][23] A senior civil servant, this version of Waller established the Suicide Squad and finds herself an occasional ally-of-convenience of Batman / Bruce Wayne, whom she knows to be the same man. Davis has revealed that she has signed for three films.[24]
  • Davis will reprise her role in The Suicide Squad.[25]

Video games

  • Amanda Waller appears in DC Universe Online, voiced by Debra Cole. In the Bludhaven Alert, Major Force mentioned to the players that Waller has sent him to Bludhaven to gather samples of Chemo and to test out the Chemoids. Amanda Waller also provides the intro message to PVP missions when the option for "suicide squad" is turned on.
  • Amanda Waller appears in Batman: Arkham Origins, voiced once again by C.C.H. Pounder. In the post-credits scene, she approaches Deathstroke at a prison cell and offers a spot in her Suicide Squad in exchange for a commuted prison sentence to which Deathstroke is left considering. Amanda Waller appears again in Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate. She is heavily implied to be the true mastermind behind the prison uprising, having orchestrated the events and manipulated both the criminals and the agents in order to find the best candidates for the Suicide Squad. She purposely hired Catwoman to break Bane out of Blackgate, though the mission was a failure due to Batman's involvement. However, Waller picked out Deadshot and Bronze Tiger as two new candidates for the Suicide Squad.[26]
  • Amanda Waller appears via downloadable content as a playable character in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, with Cynthia Addai-Robinson reprising her role from Arrow. Waller narrates "The Squad" level where the Squad must fight through Belle Reve Penitentiary and stop a mysterious villain that has infiltrated Belle Reve.[27]
  • Amanda Waller is mentioned in some pre-game dialogues between Vixen, Captain Cold, Black Adam, Cyborg and Deadshot in the video game Injustice 2.
  • Amanda Waller appears in Batman: The Enemy Within, a sequel to Batman: The Telltale Series, voiced by Debra Wilson. She is the director of the Agency and arrives in Gotham to track down the Pact, a group of criminals led by a former employee known as Riddler. Seizing control of the GCPD, Waller works with Batman to capture the group. After learning the vigilante's identity from one of her agents following the death of Riddler, she threatens to reveal it if he doesn't cooperate with her. It is eventually revealed that Waller has also been planning to obtain the LOTUS virus from SANCTUS, synthesize a usable version, and blackmail the members of the Pact into working for the Agency using it as in incentive. However, these are quickly put in disarray when one of her agents contaminates Riddler's blood, preventing the Agency from doing so. During the final episode depending on which path Joker takes, Waller either works with Batman to capture the Joker or tries to threaten him into handing over both the new vigilante and the LOTUS virus. Regardless, she leaves Gotham with the Agency in gratitude for his actions and promises not to reveal his identity while also reaching an understanding with James Gordon.
  • Amanda Waller appears as an NPC in Lego DC Super-Villains, voiced by Yvette Nicole Brown.

Web series

Miscellaneous

  • As an alternate reality game to promote the Green Lantern film, Amanda Waller's official blog—written by Waller's creator John Ostrander—was posted online. "Waller" invited readers to participate in the Zooniverse project;[29] participants were rewarded with audio clips of the film's characters.[30]

References

  1. ^ "Bloodbath" #1-2 (December 1993)
  2. ^ Checkmate (vol. 2) #6
  3. ^ Checkmate (vol. 2) #7
  4. ^ Checkmate vol. 2 #5
  5. ^ Checkmate (vol. 2) #18
  6. ^ a b c Checkmate (vol. 2) #20
  7. ^ "Superman/Batman" #44-49 (2008)
  8. ^ Justice League of America Vol. 3 #1
  9. ^ Forever Evil #1
  10. ^ Justice League of America Vol. 3 #7.1
  11. ^ "Suicide Squad" Vol.4 #27 (Jan. 2014)
  12. ^ Suicide Squad: Rebirth (August 2016)
  13. ^ Flashpoint: Hal Jordan #2 (July 2011)
  14. ^ Batman Beyond #1-6 (July–November 2010)
  15. ^ DC Comics Bombshells #8
  16. ^ Injustice 2. #1
  17. ^ Injustice 2. #2
  18. ^ Injustice 2. #46
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  21. ^ "News: How Stella Got Her Green Lantern Back". Latino Review. 2010-03-24. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  22. ^ Kroll, Justin (December 2, 2014). "'Suicide Squad' Cast Revealed: Jared Leto to Play the Joker, Will Smith is Deadshot". Variety. Los Angeles, California: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
  23. ^ Rl Mayimbe (December 14, 2014). "EXCLUSIVE: Viola Davis Bags Amanda Waller Role In 'Suicide Squad'". Latino Review. Archived from the original on December 17, 2014.
  24. ^ Blyth, Antonia (August 24, 2015). "Viola Davis: 'How To Get Away With Murder' Season 2 "Starts With A Bang" – Emmys". Deadline.
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A.R.G.U.S.

Advanced Research Group Uniting Super-Humans (or A.R.G.U.S. for short) is the name of a government organization in DC Comics. A.R.G.U.S. first appeared in Justice League Vol. 2 #7 and was created by Geoff Johns and Gene Ha.

Absolute Justice

"Absolute Justice" is the eleventh episode of the ninth season of the CW series Smallville, and the 185th episode of the overall series. The episode originally aired on February 5, 2010 in the United States, and was initially slated to be two individual episodes before it was ultimately turned into a two-hour, single episode. Glen Winter directed the first half of "Absolute Justice", which was originally known as "Society". Tom Welling directed the second half, which was called "Legends". Comic book author Geoff Johns, who first wrote the season eight episode "Legion", wrote both hours of "Absolute Justice".

In the episode's narrative, Clark Kent (Welling), Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack), Oliver Queen/Green Arrow (Justin Hartley) and John Jones (Phil Morris) meet a team of superheroes, called the Justice Society of America, who operated during the 1970s. The Justice Society is being hunted by an assassin known as Icicle (Wesley MacInnes). Icicle was recruited by the organization Checkmate, which is being headed by Agent Amanda Waller (Pam Grier). Clark, Chloe, Oliver and John team up with the Justice Society members to battle Icicle.

The introduction of the Justice Society was developed to be relevant to the series, primarily being used to teach the new generation of superheroes—Clark, Oliver, and the rest of the team—a lesson about family and leadership. Johns modeled his vision of the Justice Society after the film Watchmen, where a group of superheroes come out of retirement. Johns also included references to other Justice Society members throughout the episode. "Absolute Justice" is Smallville's highest-rated episode for season nine in total viewers, adults 18–49, and men 18–49. The episode received generally mixed reviews from critics; while praise was given to the guest characters' back stories, criticism was dealt for what was perceived as a poor choice of a villain.

Belle Reve

Belle Reve Penitentiary is a fictional prison and sanatorium appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The prison first appeared in Suicide Squad #1 (May 1987), written by John Ostrander and art by Luke McDonnell.Belle Reve is pseudo-French for "beautiful dream" and is an allusion to the name of Blanche and Stella's family estate in Tennessee Williams's play A Streetcar Named Desire.

Black King (comics)

Black King, in comics, may refer to:

Marvel Comics characters, members of Hellfire Club, in various branches at various times:

Sebastian Shaw (comics), as originally introduced in X-Men comics

Blackheart, part of Selene's reformed group

Sunspot (comics), replaced Sebastian Shaw when he became Lord Imperial

DC Comics characters, who are members of Checkmate:

Amanda Waller, former organizer of Suicide Squad

Maxwell Lord, former organizer of the Justice League

Bronze Tiger

Bronze Tiger (Ben Turner) is a fictional supervillain and antihero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics.

Michael Jai White portrays Bronze Tiger in the second and seventh seasons of The CW television series Arrow.

CCH Pounder

Carol Christine Hilaria Pounder (born December 25, 1952), known professionally as CCH Pounder, is a Guyanese American actress who has appeared in numerous plays, films, made-for-television films and television miniseries and has made guest appearances on notable television shows. From 1994 to 1997, she played Dr. Angela Hicks in the medical drama ER. From 2002 to 2008, she starred as Detective Claudette Wyms in the FX police drama The Shield. In 2009, she appeared as Mo'at in James Cameron's film Avatar. She starred in recurring roles as Mrs. Irene Frederic on the series Warehouse 13 and DA Thyne Patterson on the FX series Sons of Anarchy. Since 2014, she has portrayed medical examiner Dr. Loretta Wade on NCIS: New Orleans.

Cynthia Addai-Robinson

Cynthia Addai-Robinson (born January 12, 1985) is an English-born American actress. She is known for her roles as Naevia in the Starz television series Spartacus and DC Comics character Amanda Waller in The CW TV series Arrow. Since November 2016, she plays the role of Nadine Memphis on the USA Network series Shooter.

James Gordon Jr.

James Worthington "J.J." Gordon Jr. is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman. Created by Frank Miller and Dave Mazzucchelli, the character first appeared in Batman #407 (May 1987).

He is the son of James Gordon and Barbara Eileen Gordon, and the adoptive brother (or biological brother, depending on the continuity) of Barbara Gordon, who later tries to bring James Gordon Jr. to justice as Batgirl.

List of Suicide Squad members

The Suicide Squad's roster has always been one of reformed and/or incarcerated felons promised commuted sentences in return for participation in high-risk missions. The Squad's lineup has changed many times over the years, since its creation in 1959, and this list groups membership by the team's various eras and incarnations. Bolded names indicate current Suicide Squad members.

First appearance is the issue where the character first appeared as a member of a particular Suicide Squad incarnation. It is not necessarily the first appearance of the character in print, nor the story depicting how the character joined the Squad. The Squad was made up by five members.

List of supporting Arrow characters

Arrow is an American television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow. The series premiered on The CW television network in the United States on October 10, 2012, and its eighth and final season will premiere in the fall of 2019.

The following is a list of recurring and significant guest characters who have appeared in the television series, listed in alphabetical order by surname; for a list of main characters see List of Arrow characters. Many of the characters appearing in the series are based on DC Comics characters.

Mockingbird (DC Comics)

Mockingbird is the code name of several characters appearing in books published by the American publisher DC Comics, denoting whoever is in charge of the Secret Six.

The original Mockingbird's identity was unrevealed in the original series, but later identified as August Durant. After the death of almost the entire original Secret Six team (including Durant) his teammate Carlo DiRienzi succeeded him in the role, to lead a new team. Upon DiRienzi's death, his son Rafael DiRienzi, thought to be his successor in the role, disappeared amid belief he would succeed his father, and has not been seen since.

The first Mockingbird of the villainous Secret Six was revealed to be Lex Luthor. After he gave up on the team, they worked independently until a new Mockingbird appeared giving them missions. This Mockingbird was revealed to be Amanda Waller.In the continuity of the 2011 relaunch of DC Comics' entire monthly comics line, the New 52, the Mockingbird is revealed to be the Riddler.

Nemesis (DC Comics)

Nemesis is the name of two fictional characters in the DC Comics universe. Thomas Andrew Tresser first appeared in The Brave and the Bold #166 (September 1980) and was created by Cary Burkett and Dan Spiegle. Soseh Myrkos first appeared in JSA Annual #1 (October 2000) and was created by David S. Goyer and Uriel Caton.

Ravan (comics)

Ravan is a fictional DC Comics villain. His first appearance was in Suicide Squad vol. 1 #1 (1987), he was created by John Ostrander and Luke McDonnell.

Rick Flag

Rick Flag is the name of three fictional characters appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. They are father, son, and grandson.The father, Richard Flag, was in the original Suicide Squad, a World War II unit. After the war, he was a member of Task Force X. His son, Captain Rick Flag Jr., was a member of the Forgotten Heroes and led two different incarnations of the Suicide Squad.

Shadow Fighters

The Shadow Fighters were a group of superpowered and non-superpowered DC Comics characters brought together, under the supervision of Amanda Waller, for the sole purpose of battling Eclipso in the Eclipso comic series. They were brought together in issue #11, September (1993) and disbanded through attrition in issue #13, November (1993). They were created by Robert Loren Fleming and Audwynn Jermaine Newman.

Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad is the name of a fictional supervillain team appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The first version of the Suicide Squad debuted in The Brave and the Bold #25 (September 1959) and the second and modern version, created by John Ostrander, debuted in Legends #3 (January 1987). One of the two teams saves the world from a threatening race of savages.

The modern incarnation of the Suicide Squad is Task Force X—a team of incarcerated supervillains who carry out secret missions in exchange for reduced prison sentences. The Suicide Squad's name alludes to the dangerous nature of their missions. The team is based out of Belle Reve Penitentiary under the directorship of Amanda Waller.

Various incarnations of the Suicide Squad have existed throughout the years as depicted in several self-titled comic book series, from its origins in the Silver Age, to its modern-day Post-Crisis reimagining, to the current version that was introduced in the 2016 DC Rebirth continuity reboot. The current incarnation of the team appears in the fifth volume of the Suicide Squad comic series, and the recurring members include Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Enchantress, Harley Quinn, Katana and Killer Croc.

The group has appeared in various adaptations, including television series and an eponymous 2016 feature film.

Suicide Squad (film)

Suicide Squad is a 2016 American superhero film based on the DC Comics supervillain team of the same name, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the third installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film is written and directed by David Ayer and stars an ensemble cast including Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jay Hernandez, Jai Courtney, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Karen Fukuhara, Viola Davis, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, and Jared Leto. In Suicide Squad, a secret government agency led by Amanda Waller recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions and save the world from a powerful threat in exchange for reduced sentences.

By February 2009, a Suicide Squad film was in development at Warner Bros. Ayer signed on to write and direct in September 2014, and by October, the casting process had begun. Principal photography began in Toronto, Ontario on April 13, 2015, with additional filming in Chicago, Illinois, and ended in August that year.

Suicide Squad premiered in New York City on August 1, 2016, and was released in the United States in 2D, Real D 3D, IMAX, and IMAX 3D on August 5, 2016. Following a strong debut that set new box office records, the film grossed over $746 million worldwide, making it the 10th highest-grossing film of 2016. It received generally negative reviews from critics, who criticized the plot, direction, editing, and characters, though Robbie's performance received praise. The film was nominated for and won multiple awards across various categories, including an Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the 89th Academy Awards, making it the first film in the DCEU to win an Academy Award.

A follow-up directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad, is scheduled for release on August 6, 2021, with Robbie, Kinnaman, Davis, and Courtney reprising their roles, with Idris Elba, David Dastmalchian, and Daniela Melchior joining the cast.

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