‘Arrow’ May Be Looking For Its Amanda Waller
The CW’s Arrow really seems to be expanding its version of the DC Universe in its upcoming second season, and the newest DC character reportedly joining the fold could really blow the lid off things in terms of making the show’s TV world a lot like the one in comics: Amanda Waller, who has been in charge of the Suicide Squad and Checkmate in her illustrious career as a sometimes-evil, sometimes-not government powerhouse.
Although no one has been cast for the role just yet, reports indicate that Waller will appear in this season’s sixth episode as the head of A.R.G.U.S., the government investigative agency introduced near the end of the first season by way of Diggle’s friend Lyla Michaels, a.k.a. Harbinger.
This wouldn’t be the first time Amanda Waller has appeared on TV or in movies. She was a huge part of the Justice League Unlimited series (you might even call her the entire series’ lead antagonist) and she was the warden of Belle Reve in Young Justice. She was voiced by CCH Pounder and Sheryl Lee Ralph, respectively.
The character appeared in Smallville’s ninth season, played by the one and only Pam Grier. Waller was also in the Green Lantern movie, where she was portrayed by Angela Bassett.
Nicknamed “The Wall,” Waller was one of the more prominent female characters in comics to not have the typical ultra-thin superheroine build, but that all changed with her reintroduction in The New 52.
But listen, Arrow. Don’t worry about all that. Just bring back Pam Grier. I’ll forgive a lot if you do that.
Pam Grier is the best.