Viola Davis doesn’t know many people who fly around in capes, but she does know a few women like her Suicide Squad character, the no-nonsense intelligence officer Amanda Waller.
“I loved the way she looked,” says Davis of the Waller seen in the comics. “I loved the Afro, I loved that she was a big woman because that woman seemed real to me.”
White men pervade most big-budget comic-book movies, but not Suicide Squad (in theaters Friday). Director David Ayer wanted a diverse band of bad guys, and the resulting cast is a role model for Hollywood: Of the 11 core actors, only three (Joel Kinnaman, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney) are white males; four (Davis, Cara Delevingne, Margot Robbie and Karen Fukuhara) are women, and three (Davis, Will Smith and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) are black.
In addition, Jay Hernandez is Mexican-American, Adam Beach is First Nations (indigenous Canadian) and Fukuhara is Japanese-American.