This is an impromptu posting seeing as I'm just discovering that the rumors which have been going on for months ( unknown to me until now ) about Angela Bassett playing Amanda Waller in Green Lantern are not rumors it seems. Now it's time for this blog to get in on the action. You pretty much have to in a manner of speaking almost re-invent the character if Bassett were to play Waller. What I mean by that is how many long time readers of the Suicide Squad and Checkmate ever had an image in their head of Amanda Waller looking like this in their heads before the character became popular enough to make it to TV and now the big screen.
This is the same for Pam Grier as Waller. Pam Grier is . . .Pam Grier, she automatically brings a sense of charm and sensuality to any role she plays which are traits that don't really come to mind when we think of Amanda Waller. That by no means is to be said that this can't work out just fine for Bassett given what a great actress she is. It's just that she's so goddamn good looking! Just look at her. Give yourself a moment to let your eyes take it all in. So it's like we need someone to play Tina Turner. . bam! Angela Bassett , case closed. Plus for me she was who I wanted to be cast as Storm in the X-Men and I never quite got over that even though Halle Berry did ok in that role. It's kinda like with my dad who despite being a Star Trek fan could never quite accept Avery Brooks as Sisko in DS9 (or any other role for that matter) because he loved him so much as Hawk in Spencer for Hire.
The inaugural posting of this blog site (Tues. Oct. 26 posting) which was part 1 of "Would the real Amanda Waller please stand up?" had a comment from someone who brought up Alfre Woodard as another good candidate to play Waller. Woodard, another great black actress who's also pretty easy on the eyes plays the police chief in Memphis Beat and you may also remember her as Zephram Cochrane's partner in the Star Trek TNG flick First Contact ( The Borg ). To me Alfre Woodard fits the role of Waller a bit better. But hey, unless she's being totally miscast Angela Bassett is a pleasure to see any in any film. Except for Meet The Browns. Even Bassett being in that stinker couldn't make it watchable, avoid that piece of shit like the plague.