‘Arrow’ brings Amanda Waller back to CW, ‘Spartacus’ actress stars

Credits: Starz / Spartacus promo still
Credits: Starz / Spartacus promo still

‘Arrow’ brings Amanda Waller back to CW, ‘Spartacus’ actress stars


Amanda Waller is too formidable a presence in the DC Entertainment Universe to pass on, and in the latest incarnation brought to live action Cynthia Addai-Robinson has the signature to play the role.

Fresh out of the ancient Rome sets of “Spartacus: War of the Damned”, Addai-Robinson will play the headstrong woman-of-action and key government agency architect on the second season of CW’s hit superhero series. Waller, according to TVGuide.com, heads up A.R.G.U.S., an agency with a directive to keep the burgeoning count of heroes in line. A.R.G.U.S. had a primary role in the DC Comics top selling New 52 publications, being a liaison agency originally run by Steve Trevor in the Justice League series.

“Smallville” was the first live action to bring the comics originated character of Amanda Waller into the mainstream with Pam Grier helming the tough director over the elite task force Suicide Squad in 2010. Oscar winner Angela Bassett portrayed Amanda Waller in 2011’s “Green Lantern” movie.

Addai-Robinson joins a cast led by Stephen Amell as the titular hero with Katie Cassidy playing the romantic foil Laurel Lance, Paul Blackthorne as her father Det. Quentin Lance and Willa Holland along with Susanna Thompson rounding out Arrow/Oliver Queen’s family in respective roles as sister and mother.

The character of Amanda Waller enters the “Arrow” tableau during a return season at which features speedster hero The Flash and the villain Bronze Tiger.


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