Angela Bassett Joins ‘Green Lantern’ Cast

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 15th, 2013 at 11:52 pm,

Angela Bassett (What’s Love Got To Do With It, How Stella Got Her Groove Back) has signed on to join Martin Campbell’s Green Lantern, playing the role of Amanda Waller.

In the comics, Waller is a covert ops director specializing in “metahuman affairs.” She is also the head of the Suicide Squad, an agency tasked with chaperoning captured supervillains who work with the government to make deals for their eventual freedom.

The casting of this particular character makes sense, considering WB’s recent edict that DC comic films will be their new core properties in the coming years. A character like Amanda Waller has the potential to span multiple films – much like Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. agents (which so far includes Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson) establishing the Avenger Initiative.

Perhaps DC Entertainment is looking for their own central connection to tie their brand of superhero films together. Heat Vision reports that the extent of Waller’s role in Green Lantern is currently unclear; the Suicide Squad might appear in the film, but we may be seeing a brief tease as setup for future films (I’m banking on the latter).

Also of note is the similarity of the Suicide Squad to The Boys, Garth Ennis’ comic series about a team of government-employed agents trained to keep superheroes in line. The Boys was picked up back in 2008 for a feature film adaptation, with Nightmare on Elm Street director Samuel Bayer and Hot Tub Time Machine actor Rob Corddry both showing interest in the past month.

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Green Lantern won’t be the first time comic book fans have seen Amanda Waller onscreen, though. The character has been voiced by actress CCH Pounder (Avatar) in Justice League Unlimited, and played by Pam Grier (Jackie Brown) in Smallville. This also isn’t the first time Bassett has played a government agent: she took on the role of CIA Director Hayden Chase in J.J. Abrams’ TV series Alias back in 2005, so I’m sure she will have no problem stepping back into some authoritative shoes.

Green Lantern marks Bassett’s first role in a major tentpole release, and she joins an already-solid cast of Ryan Reynolds, Mark Strong, Tim Robbins, Blake Lively, and Peter Sarsgaard.

Production  on Green Lantern has already begun in Louisiana and you can see the first set photos right here. The movie is set for a June 17th, 2011 release date.

Source: Heat Vision Blog

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  1. Certainly didn't cast this role based on the comic book or cartoon appearance did they?

  2. Amanda Waller? Didn't see that coming. I alwys pictured CCH Pounder as Waller.

  3. Yeah while I agree she may be a strong presence for a woman, she is nothing like Waller.

    O M G…

    Maybe an Eddie Murphy Fat suit!

  4. Seems odd casting choice, Pam Grier is awesome in the role on Smallville. Hopefully this wont have any effect on the show, considering WB and DC have been shirt about using characters in the both tv and movies before…

  5. I could see her pulling it off. She similar to Waller just ten ( maybe 12) times skinnier.

  6. Hey, that's a Julliard-trained actress you're talking about there! She and Fishburne are two of “our” finest!

    LOL! – But no, seriously. Watch it.

  7. Interesting, seeing as I'm not too acquainted with DC, didn't know about the Suicide Squad. Could be a very interesting twist on the typical comic book movie if GL does well and the Suicide Squad comes to fruition. Would also ensure ready availability of supervillains. Strikes me as a rather wise move on DC Entertainment's part to get someone like Bassett locked in to a role that could lead to such a cool twist in the genre. I'm for it.

  8. Mmm, if casting Angela gets black U.S. women interested in DC comics' movies… then cool. At least she can act… kinda.

  9. great casting with angela bassett. Totally didnt expect to see amanda waller showing up in green lantern. Definately hope it will lead into her running checkmate/sucide squad. Also on a related note due to the character also appearing in smallville for multi episode arc this season. I hope it doesnt mean they cant use the character more next year. I would hate to see checkmate/sucide squad storyline get dropped form 10th season of smallville. Though with geoff johns head creative guy at dc. And he loves smallville i hope he will allow the character to still appear.

  10. I think she'll pull it off.

  11. I always thought CCH Pounder should play Amanda Waller. She has the perfect figure and presence to portray Waller.

  12. Amanda Waller? They should have done a Max Lord/OMAC scenario instead of a Checkmate/government angle. No one is going to know who she is!

  13. i don't think once a month cooking has anything to do with this.