*“Spartacus” alum Cynthia Addai-Robinson has been tapped to play the DC Comics villain Amanda Waller in the CW’s “Arrow,” following in the footsteps of Angela Bassett, Pam Grier and CCH Pounder who have suited up as the character in various projects.
In the Arrow-verse, the formidable and enigmatic Amanda Waller works for A.R.G.U.S. — Advanced Research Group United Support — a clandestine agency that has a mysterious agenda and possesses key information about the Arrow, reports TV Guide.
In the comics, Waller runs the Suicide Squad, which will be introduced in Season 2 as Deadshot (Michael Rowe) teams up with Bronze Tiger, who will be played by Michael Jai White.
Addai-Robinson, whose credits also include “The Vampire Diaries” and “FlashForward,” joins an impressive list of women who have played Amanda Waller, including Pam Grier in “Smallville,” Angela Bassett in “Green Lantern” and CCH Pounder in the animated “Justice League.”
Addai-Robinson’s potentially recurring role is slated to begin in Episode 6 of the sophomore season. “Arrow” returns Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 8/7c on The CW.