Upon reading over at THR.com that Angela Bassett (whom I once met and love, FYI) had just been cast in the upcoming Green Lantern pic as Amanda Waller, I had a moment of “I thought Pam Grier was already doing that” pop into my head. But then I realized that that refers to her current role on Smallville. So, for me, that’s good news that Angela Bassett has gotten the role. Lovely that she’ll be bringing her talent (and perfectly formed biceps) to the role. Waller is described as a government agent who in comics
lore became charged with overseeing the Suicide Squad, a government-run
group of captured supervillains performing tasks in exchange for
eventual freedom. It is unclear if that group will pop up in Lantern
or if that mythology is being set up.
Waller has recently gained quite a foothold in the DC TV and film universe over the last few years or so. She’s previously had the wonderful CCH Pounder portray her in both Justice League Unlimited and Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, as well as the aforementioned Grier portray her. Green Lantern comes out on June 17th, 2011.
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