Fans got their first taste of the infamous Dr. Amanda Waller, courtesy of actress Angela Bassett, in Green Lantern (2011). Bassett has stated that she does not know if she will be asked to reprise the role in any future movie adaptations of DC Comics properties.
"I don’t know if we could have done it without your—" she made a face like she’d bitten down on a flower only to discover a beetle on it— "unicorn horn love heart power."
Lickety-split felt the first bit of happiness she remembered feeling since they’d come to this place. Amanda didn’t mean to be scary, it was just how she looked! She couldn’t help it, any more than the Grundle could. “You’re welcome, Amanda!”
"Now," said the Amanda, smiling in a way that was— well, she couldn’t help it, Lickety-split reminded herself. "You are going to get your cotton-candy asses the hell off my planet yesterday, or I will personally see to it that you’re the next guests on Iron Chef. I hear they make ice-cream out of horse-meat, over there.”
Honeysuckle burst into tears. “I don’t think anyone on this planet is a nice person!” she wailed, and Lickety-split, eyes wide, was forced to agree.
Owen flirting with Waller: stupid move or genius?
Two interesting web sites, both registered to Warner Bros., have appeared in the last few weeks and both tie into the Green Lantern movie. The first “Writing on the Wall” is the personal blog of Amanda Waller, played by Angela Bassett. The character’s creator John Ostrander is writing the blog which states:
I am Doctor Amanda Waller. This is my personal blog and I am not speaking here as part of the United States government and any statements, conjectures, and opinions presented here are strictly my own and ONLY my own. Don’t blame the government for what comes out of my mouth or, in this case, gets put down on my computer. I’ll stand by what I say but that’s as far as it goes.
The second the “Newton & District Astronomers Guild” is run by someone named “Brian”. The site’s purpose:
We believe there’s more to the world than meets the eye. What brings us together is the wonder of being able to look at the stars, being familiar with galaxies so far away that no one will ever visit them in our lifetime or our childrens’ lifetimes. If we ever have them of course.
The site links to Amanda Waller’s site (as well as the very real Jodrell Bank Centre for Asrophysics) and includes references to her. Ostrander created Amanda Waller for his Legends series and later wrote her in his Suicide Squad series.
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Joe Bennett
I would like to point out that the Wall always gets the last word.
And the symbolism of the American flag behind her and her face in shadow is perfect.
Yesterday was John Ostrander’s 62nd birthday and there is no way I can let it go by without noting it.
John Ostrander is responsible for a lot of great comics I love - Suicide Squad is at the top of the list - but more importantantly he is responsible for two of the most kick ass women in the DCU, Oracle and Amanda Waller.
He didn’t create Barbara Gordon, of course. That was Carmine Infantino. And he isn’t responsible for putting her in a wheelchair; that was Alan Moore and DC editorial. What he is responsible for, with his wife Kim Yale, is looking at the character in a new way and creating the persona of Oracle.
While other editors had viewed Barbara Gordon as excess, unwanted baggage on the way to the “adult” comic world of the Dark Knight, he and Kim saw Barbara Gordon, now crippled and without a place in the DCU, as a smart, computer-savvy asset. Oracle is now one of the most famous female characters in DC. Last year, when I ran a tournament to name the “Most Kick-Ass DC Woman” the title was won, to the surprise of many, by Barbara Gordon as Oracle. It delighted me that John stopped by the blog and left a note on it.
Oracle got her start in the Suicide Squad working for another of John’s creations, Amanda Waller.
Just as Oracle offers a different face for female superheroes, so does Amanda Waller. A woman of color and size, Amanda Waller stands out from the sea of thin white women in comics. She’s not a great character, however, because of how she looks, but because of who she is — a tough, take no shit patriot who can and will stop or destroy anything that stands in the way of her plans. She’s so well defined that the mere mention of her name creates a sense of what she’ll bring to a story or how she’ll interact with a character.
So thanks John Ostrander. Thanks for your great writing and thanks for creating female characters who aren’t like every one else and, of course, kick ass.