Viola Davis Opens Up About Working With David Ayer On ‘Suicide Squad’


On August 5th, Viola Davis can be seen taking on the role of Amanda Waller in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. Davis was immediately drawn to the role when presented with the story about DC’s villains.

Waller has become known with comic books and tv as one tough woman but Waller doesn’t have extraordinary powers. For Davis this wasn’t seen as a problem, instead a positive trait.

“She’s a strategist. She’s a manipulator. She doesn’t fly in the sky or swim in the water. She’s just a regular person who can manipulate these superheroes. And I love that.”

Davis also talked about working with Ayer on set and how his direction was something unique and different. For example, the How to Get Away With Murder star discussed an interaction that she had with Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag) on set. Davis had been working on this scene and had a plan formulated until Ayer had a conversation with her during the filming process.

“He would make me call, [Davis starts laughing and can’t really stop] Joel Kinnaman a p—y at times. A bitch. [More laughs.] It’s completely politically incorrect but it caused a reaction in me. It made me feel like a straight up thug, and it made Rick Flagg want to kick my ass. So David got what he wanted.”

It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

Starring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Karen Fukuhara, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood and Cara Delevingne, Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5, 2016.

Chelsea Lewis

Chelsea Lewis

Chelsea Lewis, TV division, joined Heroic Hollywood in 2016. Prior to joining the team at Heroic, she worked for covering everything from music to...