Filming has already begun on Warner Bros.' Green Lantern in New Orleans, but the project is still adding names to its ever-growing cast. The latest name is Angela Bassett, who will be playing Amanda Waller, a government agent and ongoing villain in the DC universe.
She's joining a roster of actors that include Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Mark Strong, Peter Sarsgaard and Temuera Morrison, which effectively puts her in the middle of a pretty impressive ensemble. Except for Lively. Jury's still out on her.
Bassett won't be the first actress to portray the character. CCH Pounder voiced the character on the animated Justice League Unlimited TV series and Pam Grier took on the role in Smallville. However, since Pounder only did a voice and Smallville never counts for anything, I think it's safe to say that Bassett will be the first person to really embody Amanda Waller. Waller is an interesting villain because she's just a human being with no superpowers, just a nasty streak a mile wide. How will she figure into the plot of Green Lantern? Will she figure into a potential DC movie universe? Fanboys, break out those red pens of scorn, your keyboards of negativity! What think you of Bassett?