Viola Davis talks Suicide Squad

Viola Davis is set to play Amanda Waller in David Ayer's upcoming Suicide Squad adaptation, and the star has been discussing how her childhood love of comics has fired her excitement for the new project.

"As a comic book and Wonder Woman fan, I love the whole DC Comics universe," Davis tells THR. "I traded comic books as a kid so all of that appeals to me. When you dream about being an actor as a kid, that's what you dream about."

"That's like play acting: being the superhero, getting the gun; it plays into that fantasy. How to Get Away With Murder changed my exposure. I don't know if it changed the quality of roles as much as it changed the exposure. I mean certainly Amanda Waller is a fabulous character."

For those unfamiliar with the comics, Waller is the government handler for the titular super-team, charged with keeping her villainous operatives on the straight and narrow. Think of her as a kind of DC equivalent to Nick Fury…

Directed by Ayer and co-starring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman and Jai Courtney, Suicide Squad will open in the UK and US on 5 August 2016.

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