Viola Davis reveals in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter why the role of Amanda Waller in Suicide Squad appealed to her, hence why she chose it.
How has Murder helped change the kinds of roles you are being offered now? What was it about DC’s Suicide Squad and Amanda Waller that appealed to you?
As a comic book and Wonder Woman fan, I love the whole DC Comics universe. 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.
Source: Hollywood Reporter