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Led By Amanda Waller, The Suicide Squad Assembles In First Look Image Ahead Of 3/19 Debut

by Tambay A. Obenson
February 21, 2014 1:50 PM
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Schedule to make their first appearance as a team on The CW's Arrow next month, March 19, 2014, here's a just-released look at the fully assembled Suicide Squad, led by Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Amanda Waller (a younger version of the character Angela Bassett played in the,Green Lantern movie). Ben Turner/Bronze Tiger (Michael Jai White), Mark Scheffer/Shrapnel (Sean Maher), Floyd Lawton/Deadshot (Michael Rowe), Lyla Michaels (Audrey Marie Anderson), and Diggle (David Ramsey) round out the team, as you can see in the image above.

According to Comic Book Resources, the TV Suicide Squad will have a lot in common with its comic book inspiration, which I'd guess will be of significance to those of you who are familiar with the comic, and have been following the TV series the team will be appearing in.

Arrow is based on the chronicles of the DC Comics superhero Green Arrow.

In 2009, Amanda Waller was ranked as IGN’s 60th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time, for whatever that’s worth!

I believe it was years ago when DC Comics relaunched/revamped a series of titles, including the Suicide Squad, which fanboys/girls protested because of one very significant change from before the series was revamped/relaunched - and that change was in the Amanda Waller character.

Words like "Fail" and "Radical" were been used to described Waller's makeover from, shall we say full-bodied, rotund, and not particularly *hot,* to a younger, rather svelte, although curvy and busty version. The argument there was that, in the past, fans felt it was great that a *normal* looking character appeared in a superhero Comic book; but, post-relaunch of the series, DC Comics caved into youthful expectations and, made the character blend in with the rest of the hard-bodied, slim-waisted, voluptuous, if unrealistic-looking hotties that rule comic book pages... in a nutshell.

So, I suppose Addai-Robinson is closer to the *new age* version of Waller, than the former.

The Suicide Squad episode of Arrow, written by Keto Shimizu and Bryan Q. Miller, is scheduled to air at 8 pm, March 19 on The CW.

Here's a better look at the team, courtesy of CBR:

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  • brown bomber | February 24, 2014 12:58 PMReply

    Love Arrow on CW. It shows on Sky 1 over here in UK. So hopefully we can expect to see this also... Yeah! :-)

  • Mia | February 22, 2014 5:40 PMReply

    I'll watch this because Cynthia Addai-Robinson.. I loved her in her role as Naevia

  • Seth Fine | February 21, 2014 4:35 PMReply

    I love Shadow & Act!! Keep on keepin' on.

  • Rick | February 21, 2014 3:48 PMReply

    Before the DC lipo-ed Waller, she was portrayed by thin Angela Basset in Green Lantern and seemed nothing like the character.

    In the Smallville show (which mostly sucked), they cast Pam Grier, who is a pretty brilliant middle of the road choice. She's not obsese nor is she a stick. She makes not being a size 0 look good while not looking completely out of place in an action sequence if need be. I wish both DC and Arrow did something like this.

  • Akimbo | February 23, 2014 10:49 PM

    All the comic book fans keep begging for CCH Pounder, but it's the CW so, you know.

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